A House Church in a city of the Soviet Union received one copy of the Gospel of Luke, the only Scripture most of these Christians had ever seen. They tore it into small sections and distributed them among the body of believers. Their plan was to memorize the portion they had been given, then on the next Lord’s Day they would meet and redistribute the scriptural sections.
On Sunday these believers arrived inconspicuously in small groups throughout the day so as not to arouse the suspicion of KGB informers. By dusk they were all safely inside, windows closed and doors locked. They began by singing a Hymn quietly but with deep emotion.
Suddenly, the door was pushed open and in walked two Soldiers with loaded automatic weapons at the ready.
One shouted, “All right — everybody line up against the wall. If you wish to renounce your commitment to Jesus Christ, leave now!”
Two or three quickly left, then another. After a few more seconds, two more. “This is your last chance. Either turn against your faith in Christ”, he ordered, “or stay and suffer the consequences.” Another left. Finally, two more in embarrassed silence with their faces covered slipped out into the night. No one else moved. Parents with small children trembling beside them looked down reassuringly. They fully expected to be gunned down or, at best, to be imprisoned.
After a few moments of complete silence, the other Soldier closed the door, looked back at those who stood against the wall and said, “Keep your hands up — but this time in praise to our Lord Jesus Christ, brothers and sisters. We, too, are Christians. We were sent to another House Church several weeks ago to arrest a group of Believers.”
The other Soldier interrupted, “— but, instead, we were converted! We have learned by experience, however, that unless people are willing to die for their faith, they cannot be fully trusted.
”Do we wonder what we would do if we were in the same situation as these Christians, would we stay or walk away, some feel that unless we are confronted with something we don’t know how we will respond, but thankfully the Scriptures tell us something different and we can see that it is confirmed in the lives of many Christians in the Persecuted Church today.
It is not us who will stand firm to the end, because we can’t not in ourselves, only as we surrender to the Lord and Trust Him and believe we have Victory in all things, then as we choose to do good we are empowered to do so, we have been set free. The wonderful promise that the Lord gives us and we can always hold onto is … No matter what happens He will be with us and Strengthen us, so we will be able to overcome any trouble or danger that we may encounter even the threat of death or death.
We can see this Truth in The Apostle Peter’s life, before Pentecost he denied Jesus and the remaining Disciples also fled, but after when empowered by the Holy Spirit, Peter and the other Disciples were willing to die for Him as were many believers in the early Church and so it is today.
He will keep us strong to the end, so that we will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God, who has called us into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful in all things. ( 1 Corinthians 1: 8- 9 )
John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Music -Onward Christian Soldiers