Chan: Suffering is Just a Part of the Christian Life

Craig HueyChurch, Persecuted Church, Religious Liberty, Uncategorized6 Comments

Pastor Francis Chan (Credit: Natebailey)

Heard about Hope and Change in the political world?

Francis Chan, author, evangelist, and founder of  Radius International described the Good News: “the core of the Gospel is about change.”

And repentance, change of mind, requires suffering.

Chan quoted 1 Peter 4: 1-3 to explain:

1Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; 2That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 3For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries …

From this verse, Chan turned to the example of Chinese families in the Underground Church, and its five pillars:

  1. Commitment to the Bible
  2. Prayer
  3. Share the Gospel
  4. Expectation of miracles
  5. Embrace suffering for the glory of Christ

The more that Christians understand that suffering will come in our walk with God, the more that they will not be confused or disillusioned by the hardships which will come:

Jesus comforted His disciples during His earthly ministry—and comforts us today—with this truth:

“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” (John 15: 18-19)

Jesus did not come to us expecting to be loved and admired. He came to die for us that we could live in Him.

Chan emphasized this key aspect of suffering—and Chinese Christians’ acceptance of this truth—so that more people would stay true to their faith in Christ, and not flee or return to their old lives when times get hard.

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6 Comments on “Chan: Suffering is Just a Part of the Christian Life”

  1. I find it disturbing that Francis says, ” THE CORE OF THE GOSPEL IS ABOUT TO CHANGE”
    The CORE OF THE Gospel will never change! But what he quotes in what it saids in 1Peter 4 1-3…. Is true… We will be attacked by the world, it is a spiritual war fare going on, hard core now more than ever… We must put on our ARMOR everyday.. The deceptions are ramped . We must stay in his word … Know his word… Least we will not be led astray by wolves in sheep clothing…. I.e. Rick Warren, Joel Olsteen,Joyce Meyes. Etc….. Mega churches preaching twisted words, and leaving out the who point, preached in their view… Non of these so call pastors ever preach on REPENT…turn away from the things of this world….we must. “Claim and own our sin and repent!!! “That is where the relationship with Jesus Begins…will we sin again….. Yes, because of the flesh, we repent and really work at not doing that sin again,,, Jesus knows our hearts, and HE IS FOR US, if we stay close and know him… He will never fail us…
    I heard a pastor say ” Don’t worry about ISIS killing the flesh… Worry about your Soul !!! We must get right with God and follow the 10 commandments If we do the first 2 commandments the other commandments will be automatic !!!!
    Well I guess I got of track. Sorry!! We have seen beheaded Christian, burned women and children. All in the name of Jesus. WE MUST BE READY. BLESS THE LORD OH MY SOUL

    1. Correction for Pam, and what she writes above:

      Francis said, ” The core of the Gospel is about change,” not that it’s about TO change. He’s saying that the gospel, through the Holy Spirit, compels believers to turn from sinful ways of the world and to follow Christ.

      No worries, though, I read it wrong the first time, too!!

      Cheers, and God bless you!

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