Don't Be Surprised!

"Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you." 1 Peter 4:12

This past week, a very prominent American pastor known for holding large crusades that reach many thousands of people each year with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, was forced to remove a billboard advertisement for one of said crusades.

The offense demanding removal? The pastor was pictured on the billboard holding a Bible. It was not the pastor, not the crusade, not the billboard, but the Bible caused this offense.

Christians seem to be pretty upset about all of this, and it is indeed disturbing. But, lets not be surprised! I don't want the souls of men that God has entrusted to my care to be naive or ignorant of what is coming. Paul said, "do not be alarmed."

The return of Jesus Christ is near! As it nears, "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful." (Hebrews 10:23) and don't be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes!

Grace & Peace,
John
(You can reach Pastor John at jwhite@thevillagemi.com)