If they threw you in a den of lions? Or an arena of beasts? Could you deny your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?
If they pulled your children from you in attempts to harm them in some way, would you denounce our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?
If they threw you in prison, tortured you over and over and over again, could you would you tell Jesus Christ NO more? The cruel and inhuman pictures thrown in our lives, the torture and the murder of those around the world who are facing persecution for our Lord and Savior. For those who came before us who endured the ravaging of the ancient times. Our precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who was beaten and shackled and mocked and crucified for our sins. It breaks my heart, my whole heart. I think about my life, about my children's lives. I think about what the world may have to offer for us, for our children, for Christians. It breaks my heart.
"Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom on heaven."
Matthew 5:10 KJV
So, what if you did deny your Lord. What if, to avoid the suffering and the torture or if you just couldn't take the pain any more you denounced your Lord and Savior.
Could He would He deny you one day when you die and approach the throne for judgment? Could you would you spend the rest of your live begging forgiveness? Asking for your penance and repenting from the sin.
What would you say to your church? Would you shame the congregation? The name of Christ? Would they make you leave the church you love.
Truth being, I can't be sure anyone can really answer these questions.
Our God is a loving and forgiving God, Jesus Christ loved us so much that He took his sinless life and offered it for us, for SINNERS. Our God is also a just God.
I pray for those in persecution. I pray those who persecute find Jesus Christ.