As the early church grew, believers had two choices: (1) to go along with the pagan world in order not to create offense and endanger themselves and their families; or (2) to stand firm and declare that Jesus was Lord and risk suffering, even death. The witness of the believers was a declaration of war on the Roman statue and its satanic foundation. Here, two worldviews competed for domination of the world, and there would be no compromise.

Today, believers face a similar choice; will they totally submit to the Lordship of Jesus regardless the cost? Will they serve him everywhere and in everything, whether the cost is economic, social, or even life itself? Jesus is Lord. The battle is not between believers and pagan authorities. Rather, it is a battle between Jesus and Satan, and the outcome of that battle has already been determines (Rev. 20).


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