Persecution By Paul Chappell, The Pastor Of A Church Essay

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Introduction
Paul Chappell, the senior pastor of a church in California stated this on the idea of persecution, “The devil doesn 't persecute those who aren 't making a godly difference in the world.” It is beyond evident that there is still severe persecution going on around the world. The question that is found quite often asked is, “How is it affecting you,” or “What are you doing for the Kingdom of God?” The very definition of persecution according to Merriam Webster dictionary is, “the condition of being persecuted, harassed, or annoyed.” We as Christians are promised persecution by Jesus in the Bible. We are told we will face hardships and will have to take a stand for what is right even though life may be difficult and some can face punishments harsh as death. There are even over 40 stories of persecution documented in just the Bible. In this research paper, the writer will focus on the topic of persecution that has happened in the past, that is currently happening, and how Christians should react. Along with bringing in various stories of both well-known events of persecution, and not so well known events, many biblical scholars and writers will have their opinions and worries shared in this research paper. Relating to scripture, Acts 8 will be the main scriptural references used, but other books of the Bible will be pulled in to make the point of this paper more clear. Things not included in this paper will be things such as; the writer’s personal examples of

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