Why Christians Should Be Stoned

by Michael K. Reynolds

stonesAre we taking some hits in the name of our faith?

And yes. We’re talking about rocks.

No welts on our foreheads? No bruises on our arms or legs? Then it might be time to ask ourselves the question, “Why not?”

The Bible clearly teaches the Gospel is a message that will be received with disdain. Here are the words of Jesus:

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. – John 15:18-19

Some see the New Testament merely as a message of love and hope. Yes. Those are central themes. But within those divine pages are also strong challenges, calls to accountability and stern warnings which must be presented whole and in all its glory. We are commanded to hoist the full banner with courage and conviction, regardless of the flak we’ll receive.

We are to do it because we love God and his people and because we put all of our hope in the future despite the trials of today.

Can you agree today’s domesticated version of Christianity would be offensive to the founding fathers of our Church?

Have we forgotten Jesus was whipped, tormented and then hung on the cross? It’s believed all of the apostles but John died horrible deaths while standing strong in their faith. And John certainly didn’t get a break. Tradition says he survived being boiled alive in oil.

The Book of Acts tells of Stephen’s death. It was his fervent preaching of the gospel which incited the Sanhedrin and the crowd to stone him to death…

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