John 15:26-16:3 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning. These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.

In the above passage, we see Jesus speaking to His Disciples, giving them the assurance that He is going to send the Comforter (the Holy Ghost) to dwell with them in the near future.  What a joy it must have been for the Disciples to hear those words from the Master!

Jesus went on to tell the Disciples that because they had been with Him from the beginning of His earthly ministry, they would bear witness of the truths that the Holy Spirit would reveal to them, those truths being in Christ and His work.

But how their countenance must have changed when Christ told them of the persecution they would face for preaching and teaching His Word and His Life.  Jesus said they would be kicked out of the synagogues.  Imagine that!  The very building where those who were supposed to be serving the Lord in prayer and learning would one day reject those who were preaching and teaching the truth!  And they would not only be kicked out of the synagogues, but they would also be killed by those religious leaders of the day… those who would kill the Disciples would arrogantly believe that they were doing God a favor by killing them.

And Jesus said that all these events would happen because those religious leaders did not know Him or His Heavenly Father.  They had a form of godliness, but denied the power thereof.

God forbid!, must have been the initial reaction of the Disciples.  But history reveals that the Disciples, also called Apostles were indeed kicked out of synagogues and the majority of them were, in fact, killed because of the faith they held and preached.

Now, while the above passage was for the Disciples of the first Century A.D., it is now nearly 1,900 years later and many of God’s people today are beginning to experience persecutions for preaching and teaching the truth.

I have heard testimony of others being “excommunicated” from their congregations once they began teaching a truth that God had revealed to them through the reading of His Holy Word.  My wife and I also have been kicked out of Church that we were  members of for seven years after we began to embrace and teach truths that are written in the Holy Bible.

These truths went against what the Church had been preaching and teaching for over 30 years, and they just could not have any of their members teaching something that was contrary to their beliefs.  And so, they called for a meeting about eight months ago. 

We were not present at that meeting, for they did not call us to inform us they were having a meeting to discuss our membership within their sanctuary.  The meeting was clandestine… it was secret.  And of course, the outcome of the meeting was unanimous… we were ousted from the Church and an email was sent to us telling us we were not welcome back unless we repent of our teachings and apologize to the Church.

Galatians 6:1 tells us that if a Brother is overtaken in a fault, those that are spiritual are to go to that Brother and restore him in the Spirit of meekness.  If the Church body felt I was in error, their responsibility was to come to me and talk with me, using the Word of God to rebuke me, correct me, and instruct me.  But this was not done.  Instead, they imitated the religious leaders of the first Century A.D. and put us out from the Church.

Jesus said of those who would put the Apostles out for teaching the truth, “they have not known the Father, nor me.”  I believe there are many operating Churches today who, like those religious leaders in the synagogues, know not God  nor His Son.  They cannot say they love God while persecuting His people.