Few understand the reality of being a Christian. The casual religious person thinks it to be a way for man to escape the monotony of life and join a “club” of socializers and learn about prosperity. Others seek to hear teachings that put them at ease and endorse their casual, carnal state of living. The heathen view Christianity as a “crutch” for man to escape the problems of life, and as they say, “worship an imaginary god.” However, neither are correct.

Being a Christian isn’t about being in a club or worshipping an imaginary god. Being a Christian involves what Jesus clearly stated in John 16: “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.” (John 16:33 KJV). Did Jesus actually say Tribulation? How can a God loving Christian have any sort of tribulation in life? Why would a loving God actually allow such a thing to happen upon an individual? Let’s take a closer look at the Word of God and find our answers.

Tribulation means persecution, affliction, anguish, distress. In many of the modern day churches this isn’t something that is being taught or focused on. The modern day churches dare not speak on such a thing as this type of teaching provokes fear in the individual. The casual church goer and religious person doesn’t want to hear about distress, anguish, and persecution but they’d rather hear about blessings, happiness and prosperity. This type of “christianity” is much more coveted in the churches than hearing about Tribulation. But the fact of the matter is that Jesus Christ spoke clearly and warned us that we “SHALL HAVE” tribulation in this life. Now when I say “We,” I am speaking of those that are truly in the Body of Christ. Those who have believed the Gospel, repented of their sins and been baptized into His Name (Jesus Christ). This exhortation isn’t for the casual christian or the religious person. Those type of individuals will dismiss this teaching and write it off as doomsday fear-mongering. But if that is the case, I consider myself in good company since [according to their definition] Jesus was also a “fear-monger” when he spoke on such topics.

Another part of the definition of Tribulation is that it encloses. This Greek word thlípsis (Tribulation) is a type of closing in. Expanding the definition we see the words – (compress, constrict, pressed together, rub, friction, narrow). I want us to focus on the last word there, narrow. Something that is narrow has little space. The movement is limited. The travel is constricted to the point of rubbing along the sides or friction being created through movement. This narrow way is the Life of the Christian. Jesus said, “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:14). Contrary to the modern day religious teacher, who teaches that we must fit in with society and be people friendly, we don’t see that within the scriptures. The narrow way goes against the culture’s fads and ideologies. The narrow way creates friction in its surroundings, NOT intentionally but as a consequence of wading through the mire of a wicked culture and swimming upstream against the pressure of conformity.

The majority (heathen) will take notice of those on the narrow path and will add to their Tribulation. “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat” (Matthew 7:13). When the god of this world (satan) takes notice that there is a soul that is not in line with the majority, he tends to devise ways of friction and pressure. He has plenty help since those on the path of destruction are “many” as the scripture says. So finding souls that will be in line with his goal of restricting the Christian’s ease of travel, is quite readily available.

Now while the Christian life can at times be filled with Joy and blessings, it is also filled with distress and affliction. We mustn’t only focus on the benefits of being a Christian but also on the Cost of being a Christian. Being a true Christian requires a payment. One pays with his life. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” (Romans 12:1). Living the life of a Christian is living a life of consecration. One separates himself from the world and its way of flow. The world has a language, the world has an attitude, the world has a type of attire. The Christian must recognize this as he strives to enter in the straight gate and narrow path. He must detach himself from the mode of the world and have a transformed mind. There are those who call themselves Christian but I call them religious. They dress like the world, they talk like the world, they act like the world. Yet they call themselves Christians! This is easily detectable as fraud and is pseudo Christianity.

These type of people are conformed to the world and not to Christ. They fear not God and therefore have no changes. They are men who call themselves Christian and have long flowing hair like a woman. The scripture is clear on it being a shame for a man to have long hair. (1 Corinthians 11). They are women who wear revealing, scantly clad clothing and paint their faces like Jezebel. The scripture is against this. (2 Kings 9:30 / 1 Timothy 2:9). They strive to “fit in” with the world so they can be accepted by the world, and get this, AVOID TRIBULATION! That is the end goal, to avoid the COST of being a Christian. They don’t like the affliction, they don’t like the persecution, they can’t deal with the lack of flexibility and expansion of their carnal, evil ways “I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.” (Psalm 37:35)

They can’t handle the pressure and the rejection. They fear the thought of being lonely in the world and losing their social status. They trade the Truth of God’s Holy word for social acceptance. “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15). The religious person still has a strong devotion to this world and has yet to “die” to it. They are not living a life of consecration nor have they pledged full allegiance to following Christ. They want to live their best life now! (Joel Osteen pamper preaching).

When a Christian becomes surrounded and persecuted by not only the heathen of the world but by fake brethren who mask themselves as ministers of righteousness, then he knows assuredly that he is on the narrow path. The narrow path will not only be enclosed by the heathen of this world but by those in the churches who hate Christ. What do I mean by hate Christ? Just that, they hate Jesus Christ. For if they would love the Lord Jesus Christ they’d obey his commandments.“If you love me, you will keep my commands.” (John 14:15). The one who loves the Lord will endeavor to obey all his commandments. His love towards the Lord is manifest when the religious AND the heathen speak all manner of lies, slander and evil toward him. He is hated by all men for his devout love of the Lord and upholding the Word of God without compromise. He takes solace in this as he understands the prophecy that went before him. “If the world hates you, understand that it hated me before it hated you.” (John 15:18). “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake:” (Matthew 10:22)

A Christian will be hated by many.

A Christian will be hated by family members who still love their sin and the ways of the world.

A Christian will be hated by those in false religions who worship false gods.

A Christian will be hated by those who worship three gods (trinitarians) and cunningly lie and say they only worship one god.

A Christian will be hated by those who endorse women pastors.

A Christian will be hated by those who love to dress, act and look like the world.

A Christian will be hated by those who say Repentance isn’t necessary.

A Christian will be hated by those who say baptism isn’t necessary.

A Christian will be hated by those who say that speaking in tongues isn’t for today or it isn’t the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost.

A Christian will be hated for being on the narrow path and not conforming to ways of the world and the false doctrines of man.

These are just a few of the ways you will be hated for being a Christian on the narrow path. But take heart, for so suffered the Apostles and Prophets before us. So we can take heart that we are in good company! “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12).

So take heart because you are not of the world. You have obeyed or are beginning to obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. You are obeying his command to Love the brethren that are truly brethren. You are not being slanderous towards your neighbor. You have been or are planning to being baptized into his precious Name. You have been or are seeking to be filled with his Holy Spirit. For this I commend you and I encourage you to continue on the narrow path despite the pressures that are coming against you. The Path shall become more narrow as you get closer to the kingdom of God. But understand that what awaits you will be worth it all. What awaits you is an everlasting crown. What awaits you is an everlasting joy. What awaits you is an everlasting life!

I bid my brethren God speed but to the defectors, Anathema!

In Jesus name.

And let all brethren say,

Amen!


Gabriel

Preacher and Teacher of the Gospel and Judgments of Jesus Christ.

13 Comments

Barry · August 11, 2019 at 3:47 pm

This made me cry tears of joy. God bless

    Gabriel · August 11, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    I am glad you were edified/blessed by the teaching. It’s been on my heart and soul to explain to the saints what we have to go through. Many think it’ll be a breeze to be a Christian. Those who have that mentality are usually the ones who draw back unto perdition. There have been a handful of former brethren that I know of in the past couple of years that have went back into the world and succumbed to the pressure. It’s not going to be well with them if they die in that state. So that is why I made the article to prepare the soldiers for the battle that lies before us.

    Keep the faith!
    Amen

Cassandra · August 11, 2019 at 9:22 pm

A M E N !
Abba knows. I honestly didn’t want the blog post to end LOL — I’m serious. Very encouraging and affirming. I enjoyed the read, delivery and all. It resonates so much, it had me laughing at times (I guess, to keep from crying). Especially when you mentioned about being surrounded by heathen as well as false brethren… who revile and persecute you. Man!

Tonight’s teachings was easy to receive; affirming too. You’re right, many don’t teach at all. They love to preach, evangelize and prophesy…but to teach (sound doctrine)?

Hence, why I’m so thankful to God for your obedience brother.

May God make all grace abound towards you and your family so that in all things, at all times, having all that you need, you all will continue to abound in every good work!

    Gabriel · August 12, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    I am encouraged and blessed by your words. I am also glad you have been encouraged by the ministry. As the days come to a close and the Lord Jesus Christ draws near, the hearts of men shall increase in wickedness. The heathen shall rage. Brothers shall betray brothers. So keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and continue to GROW in the Word of God.

    “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” Luke 21:36

Donte · August 13, 2019 at 6:17 pm

I need to get baptized by a person that’s anointed by the Holy Spirit. Could you help me?

Kasie Reeves · August 13, 2019 at 7:07 pm

God Bless you Brother Gabriel

Jaslin Rivera · August 13, 2019 at 7:36 pm

Good message God Bless!

    Gabriel · August 13, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    Keep the faith my friend, till the end. 🙂

Timothy · August 13, 2019 at 7:50 pm

Amen!

David Rojas · August 18, 2019 at 12:56 pm

I will try to make this comment as short as possible and I’m sorry if my English isn’t correct. around 9 months go I watched videos about people’s testimonies on the topic of heaven and hell, which got me to start fearing God and questioning my life. Shortly after that, I prayed a “sinner’s prayer” to God when I was 14 and my mind and heart began to change. at that time I was addicted to pornography and video games and I would frequently cuss, slander and lie to people. Even though I now knew there was a God in heaven and knew that He would one day judge the world in righteousness I still practiced most of my previous sins, including masturbation. I did them not because I liked them but because I had been doing them for such a long time that it became like a daily routine for me, but one thing that did change is that I felt guilty and unclean after doing them. I prayed to God many times that He would break those addictions from me, especially masturbation. After being saved I also felt that I had to do something for God, I had to witness to people, help the homeless, get baptized, go to a church and fellowship with true Christians (which I did for some time), however I only went to a catholic church which I later left after realizing that catholicism didn’t aline with the Word of God and I never really met, let alone fellowshipped with a true Christian in-person and I haven’t to this day, neither did I ever get baptized, the only time I got “baptized” was when I was about 4 years old in a catholic church which isn’t true baptism. Months went by and I continued to masturbate and then ask God for forgiveness along with some other sins, and it stayed like this for a long time having one eye at sin and another eye at God. It wasn’t a fun time and my school, as well as friends, only made it worse, sometimes I wondered why God even created me if my life was to continue like that. The guilt and shame from constantly sinning and then asking God for mercy got me to stay away from fully reading the Bible and praying. It got so bad that one day after having read parts of the Book of Hebrews, it felt impossible for God to forgive me, it felt like I had lost my salvation, I had wasted a life, I had traded a precious soul for minutes of pleasure and was now destined to hell. I began to weep like never before, I cried out to God and begged Him to give me another chance. That was only a few days ago but surprisingly ever since that moment of brokenness I haven’t felt the urge to masturbate as strong as I did before (which is what I believe the main sin that led me down this bad path), and since then I have managed to stay away from watching pornography, but I am very sure that I would of have been watching it by now if it wasn’t for that day when I cried out to God. I’m glad because of it, but at the same time, I’m terrified because I don’t know where I’m at in life and what to do now. I feel like I have overcome lust in a way, but I also feel like God is done with me and I feel like I have sinned too much that I’m no longer redeemable (Hebrews 10:26). I don’t know what to do or who to talk to, I don’t want to become like Esau who traded his birthright something so important for a single meal or like Judas who betrayed Jesus for a bribe of 30 silver. Even if there lies no hope for me I still want to know the truth and I don’t want to live in confusion all of my life. It’s remarkable how destructive sin is to once life, a moment of pleasure is not worth the everlasting joy that God has in store for his children. Please help me!

    Gabriel · August 18, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Hello friend. Thank you for taking the time out and reaching out for help with your testimony. I am glad you are being encouraged by the videos and teachings from this ministry. I understand full well that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. When we immerse ourselves in the Word of God, the sins begin to become manifest and ever so mindful. We begin to see sin for what it is, an obstacle that keeps us from God and his Will for our lives. As long as sin reigns in your mortal body, you will abide in death. Almost like a cloud of death is hovering over you. However, when we begin to come to the knowledge of our sins, when we read the scriptures, (in your case Hebrews 10:26) then we see CLEARLY how we are offending God. We offend by willful sin. The sins of pornography and masturbation are so easily accessible and that’s how the devil wants it. But the bible says that God will always make a way of escape for us. He will not put more on us that we are not able to bear.

    In the temptations we must realize and see that way of escape. It can be present in many ways relative to the type of sin that we are being tempted in. Choose the way of escape. That way will keep us from stumbling. It will allow us to submit to God and resist the devil. As for there being any hope left for you…I would say, Yes. The reason I can say that is because of one of many scriptures that speak on that. Here is one:

    “For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.” Ecclesiastes 9:4

    This tells us that if we are still breathing and we desire to get right with God, he will have mercy IF we begin to do his will.

    “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

    Getting into the work of God is a must. What that type of Kingdom work is for you as a Christian, I would not know. That’s dependent if you believe the Gospel and obeyed the Gospel Acts 2:38. Then you are able utilize the gifts that God has given to you. All members in the Body of Christ have atleast one gift of the spirit that they can be utilized in for the kingdom of God’s work. Find out what that is through prayer and begin to cultivate it.

    I will also leave a couple of videos below that will assist further.

    Keep the faith in Jesus my friend.
    Amen.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enlAcXdP48o

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZhsMI8QmG4

      David Rojas · August 31, 2019 at 10:21 am

      Thank you, Gabriel, you helped me and gave me hope when I needed it. It is beautiful to see people like you caring for others and doing the best you can to straighten out their lives. As for me, things have not gone too well recently. Sin is eating me alive, at least that’s what it feels like. It is as if I am going back to the state I was in before becoming a “Christian”, it is my job to try to sort things out if I can. Thanks a lot again for your comment.

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