A.W. PINK ON RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION

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A.W. PINK ON RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION

COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM, AND BE YE SEPARATE, SAITH THE LORD! [2 Corinthians 6:17].

And what will follow when this Divine command is obeyed? Why, then we shall prove the truth of those words of Christ: “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world HATETH you (John 15:19). WHICH “world” is specifically in view here? Let the previous verse answer: “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.”

WHAT “world” hated Christ and hounded Him to death? The RELIGIOUS world, those who pretended to be most zealous for God’s glory. So it is now. Let the Christian turn his back upon a Christ—dishonoring Christendom, and his fiercest foes and most relentless and unscrupulous enemies will be those who claim to be Christians themselves!

“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you… for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad” (Matthew 5:11,12).

Ah, my brother, it is a healthy sign, a sure mark that you are profiting from the Word, when the religious world hates you. BUT IF, ON THE OTHER HAND, YOU STILL HAVE A “GOOD STANDING” IN THE “CHURCHES” OR “ASSEMBLIES” THERE IS GRAVE REASON TO FEAR THAT YOU LOVE THE PRAISE OF MEN MORE THAN THAT OF GOD! [Profiting from the Word]

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, AND TOUCH NOT the unclean thing.” [2Cor6:14,17]

O my Christian reader, seek grace to obtain the uncompromising spirit of Moses. When urged to worship God in “Egypt” (i. e. the white-washed “churches” OF THE WORLD), say it is impossible, for “what communion hath light with darkness!” when pressed to leave your children in a worldly Sunday School, to be instructed by those who have not the fear of God upon them, refuse, when invited to at least retain your membership in the HOLY SPIRIT-DESERTED “CHURCHES” and contribute of your means to their upkeep, decline to do so.

That going forth to meet the Lord is to be understood as expressing both external and internal action. Externally, it signifies separation from the world, especially its pleasures, for Christ will not be met with while we waste our time engaging in them. “Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers… come out from among them” (2 Corinthians 6:14-17) must be heeded if we would “meet the Bridegroom.” More particularly, their going forth denoted a turning of their backs upon the apostate ECCLESIASTICAL SYSTEM: Christ had informed His disciples that he had abandoned a Judaism which had rejected Him (Matthew 23:37, 38), so if they would meet with Him, they too must “go forth unto Him outside the camp” (Hebrews 13:15). THE SAME IS TRUE NOW. [Practical Christianity]

[Writing to Lowell Green, September 2, 1934]
My earnest advice is for you to have little or NOTHING TO DO with the people of the religious world today. They CANNOT help you spiritually, and where they help not they are bound to HINDER! Be much in prayer and on your guard against a holier-than -thou attitude. if we are not very watchful, separation soon leads to self- righteousness. On the other hand, association with empty professors soon corrupts and paralyzes true spirituality.

Prayer, reading and meditation will do far more for your soul – with God’s blessing on the same – than attending meetings and being active in ‘Christian service’.

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3 thoughts on “A.W. PINK ON RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION

  1. Wow! That is so true! I used to read books by those that I thought were really good Christians. When I read them I honestly believed that I was getting what I needed to help me with my spiritual life, but instead of being internally satisfied I felt empty and thought that maybe it was because I was doing something that was keeping me from benefiting the writings. I had no idea that those books were corrupting me spiritually until I watched a sermon by a God-fearing man about the dangers of certain Christian preachers. When I saw that those I read were on the “Beware List” it was hard for me to accept the facts that were presented. I still read these authors but instead of feeling closer to God, I felt farther away from Him. My stubbornness almost made me give up on following Jesus because I was constantly troubled and sad. But one day I made a decision right then and there to stop reading those books. Instead of Rick Warren and Billy Graham, I began to try out Andrew Murray and Charles Spurgeon. These true Christian authors are so wonderful to read! I’m learning a lot about how to serve and love better my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. They also help me in my Bible study and reading too. Praise God!

    Thank you for sharing this meaty and thought provoking article by A. W. Pink. May God continue to bless you!

    • Thank you for your kind words dear friend. While for a time God’s true sheep may sit under false teachers, they will not continue to do so. As our Lord Himself said, “And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.” [John 10:4,5]

      The ‘voice of a stranger’ is noting but the voice of false teachers. By and by those voices will cease to appeal to the sheep of the Lord. As the Scripture promises – “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” [Prov 4:18]

      I pray that God will continue to lead you into ALL truth and keep you from error. In Jesus’ Name Amen!

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