One of my friends, a pastor in the Philippines, a man who is steadfast to the Lutheran confessions, was taken to court last week, and he is now awaiting to be arrested and sent to jail. You can listen to an interview (click the title above) in which he tells what brought this all about. Please pray with me that God's will will be done through Pastor Seth's suffering for the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
May, I too, be willing to suffer whenever the Lord may call me to do so.
1 Peter 4 (NIV)
Suffering for Being a Christian
12Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. 13But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18And,
"If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?"[a]
19So then, those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.