I have been studying and teaching Bible doctrine for over 48 years and the shepherding teacher for home based Churches. Sola Scriptura
The Church Has a History of Faithfulness.
Does Anyone Care About Our History?
Would anyone even consider that Paul, Peter, or John spent time wishing that persecution would abate so they could garner larger crowds for the presentation of the Gospel? Hebrews 11:35-40 speaks of torture, mockings, destitution, and death as the lot of the faithful. The first verse of chapter 12 describes them as a cloud of witnesses to our calling to run the race that God has set before each of us. As the world hated Jesus, we have been warned that we are to be hated as well … what was good for the master, is good for the servant. Our Lord’s suffering far exceeded anything any mortal could fathom and yet Jesus was looking forward to the joy … of us as His bride. We need to be looking to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, knowing nothing can befall us without our Savior’s loving consent.
When you have a Bible in your hands, specifically speaking of the KJV, and those whom God used to create the Word in your language; most paid with their lives. They were first tortured then strangled, burned at the stake, sawn in half and killed in every way imaginable … the KJV was purchased with blood. Recently, those who forsook fellowship due to their fear of the state should at best feel shame and at worst they were or are not one of Christ’s disciples.
The closure of the churches did nothing to those who were already meeting in homes, and more intimate settings. It did awake many of the faithful to 'come out from among' the cowards of Christendom, as they searched for a more meaningful gathering of true believers. Home churches sprang up everywhere and when the churches were allowed to re-open, almost no one noticed for it defined the few versus the many seeking the status quo.
The Gates of Hell are Constrained by God.
Hell Cannot Prevail
To believe otherwise is to call our Lord a liar which is no different from those who believe one can lose your salvation, for they teach that Jesus is not able to keep us from falling. [Jude 24] Is this coupled with a liars escape clause, in that they now know how to separate themselves from the love of God? [Romans 8:38-39] It is as if God only forgave their sins up to the date they say they became a believer which begs the questions: were not all our sins, future sins? Did Jesus pay for less than all of one’s future sins upon the cross? Is the sin of unbelief an unforgivable sin, remembering that everyone suffers from the sin of unbelief? Is there a time limit associated with salvation when God’s patience with His children will run out? I suppose one would have to be more holy than God, by believing they would never cast away their own children. We know that the wicked can and have done that throughout history. Now not only would they be calling God a liar but would they then consider Him wicked?
Today’s churches preach and teach that ‘god’ is whatever they want him to be and the Bible is only a guideline for keeping everyone in step with the program. God is either God Almighty and His Word is perfectly true or as the world believes; you are just a bunch of brainwashed, judgmental, self-righteous bigots. Quoting John Owen: Perverseness is a sure path to hell; resting upon one’s religion is a cleaner path to hell.
Yea, Let God be True but Every Man a Liar
We are living on the verge of the most perilous of days for believers in the short history of the Church. Yes, we have the written history of those who have gone on before us but the time is at hand for the fulfillment of Matthew 24:21. “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” A time of tribulation to end all tribulations as millions [a billion or more?] of believers shall be martyred. As is recorded in Revelation 7, an uncountable number shall come out of the ‘great tribulation’ having been washed in the blood of the Lamb.
Does your belief in Christ as Savior place you on dangerous ground or are you of the ilk of … why can’t we all just get along? Hebrews 12:27 tells us of a shaking coming and only those who cannot be shaken will remain. The churches recently suffered a little shaking and people scattered to the four winds, only to return when they sensed the danger had passed. The shaking coming will permanently separate the wheat from the chaff and Matthew 7:21-23 will be ultimately fulfilled to the terror of the many.
Ephesians 6:10-11 "Finally brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole amour of God that ye may be able to STAND against the wiles of the devil."