Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? AndBy now, it is more-surprising when a day goes without a massive slaughter of Christians happening somewhere in West Africa, North Africa, or the Middle East.“If the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.
Most of the Middle Eastern Christians, of course, are not Protestants. And this is the problem, really, because whether I could have hoped for their victory against their oppressors, I know that the time we are living in now is one where, for any deviation from what is taught to the Church in the Scriptures, a firm and final punishment will be meted out by God.
These Christians, anywhere in the World, who have rejected the call to reform and repent, will now be dealt with first—for judgement will begin in the house of God—and the first victims happen to be these Christians in the Middle East, who have been over-run by resurgent Islam.
So, for instance, in Revelation 2, Jesus cites the mariolatrous heresy, which we know by archaeology to be a very ancient one:
I know your works, your love and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your latter works exceed the first. But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols. I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality. Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works, and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works. But to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not learned what some call the deep things of Satan, to you I say, I do not lay on you any other burden. Only hold fast what you have until I come.Incidentally, Christ even calls out the root of their sin—that they fell from grace (by which alone they could have stood and not fallen)—and so now they receieve exactly as their works deserve. —For only the maintenance of the pure gospel, "from faith to faith", is what is required of them: "hold tight onto what you have until I come." Jesus rules out "doctrinal development", and all other such Newmanian heresies.
In saying that He will judge sacramental sins—such as the Roman Catholics are guilty of—in the sight of all the churches, and that the churches will know that Christ searches the hearts of these people. This is a case where we know that these people have been judged, and their children (the Chaldean Catholics, say) have been killed, because they have been found wanting by God on a matter of the heart, which the church can recognise as idolatrous sacraments and mariolatry.
Moreover, "the deep things of Satan" are clearly not covered in the Bible, so we could never know them—and, consequently, we could never understand the marian cult—except by using non-Divine, non-Biblical sources. The very knowledge of this cultic information is punishable, because why would a confessing Christian study heathen cultic instruction?
Notice, also, that Jesus is not saying that they are not doing good works (which, in their confused short-sightedness, is essentially all they care about, obsessed with legalism as they are). Yet in spite of His knowing that their good works are, in fact, more now than they have ever been, it still doesn't save them from the harsh ruling which moreover shows that they should not look forward to being paid what they deserve: Christ mentions it as part of a threat to encourage repentance! How stupid indeed, the man who brags about what he deserves out of the hand of God! Are you not merely "unprofitable servants, only having done what's required"? Can the beggar demand of the donor? No; and "we are beggars all."
And to see just how far the problem goes, Agha Petros lost the war against the Turkic heathens, because even though he was fighting for a Christian state, it would probably have been prelate-based, given its Assyrian Christian character. That would have been better than what we ended up with—Assyrian Christians being stateless—and also better than what happened with some other Christian nations (such as the secularisation of Armenia and Lebanon).
For God to have looked with favour upon Agha Petros' project, it would have to have been a covenant Christian nation-state. He wasn't pursuing that, nobody else in the Middle East is currently pursuing that, and, to make things worse, they are actually doing the very opposite of what would stop them dying.
Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the Lord has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.No truth (because they rejected reform, and continue in mariolatry and other sins), nor mercy (because they reject the good news of the grace of God), and no knowledge of God (because their traditions and their mysticisms edge out the Scriptures). Therefore they die, and there is none to deliver.
My people are like as if they had no knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt not minister as priest to me: and as thou has forgotten the law of thy God, I also will forget thy children.
The Assyrians are all going to be wiped out, save for those who take refuge in Israel, because the beast, the anti-Christ, Islam, is going to over-run their lands. And if judgement finds an Assyrian in the sins warned about in Revelation 2, he will be cut off.
All these ones are going to die, in humiliating defeat and pitiful weakness, their young men will be carrion and their women sex slaves, because consider their heresies of syncretism, toleration, and relativism (moral distinctives having been dulled by generations of secularism):
With wooden crosses around their necks and others tattooed on their arms, several dozen Iraqi Christians are training to recapture their homes overrun by the Islamic State jihadist group. ... Thousands fled, but some want to fight back, and are now training at a military base near the Baghdad airport. ... They have Shia Muslim fighters instructing them on how to use their Kalashnikov assault rifles and on the basics of combat manoeuvres, but they are vocal in their Christianity on parade, chanting Ya Mariam (O Mary) in cadence as they march in a salute to the mother of Jesus.May you die! May you die first! "Jihad" for Christians? Are you insane? Do we have no culture, except that which a weak and pathetic heretical Assyrian nation can copy from its Arab rapits? If it is "jihad", it is not also "Christian". I know why they won't say "crusade".
"We heard that the Christians had an opportunity for jihad (holy war), and we all came and volunteered," said 17-year-old Chaldean Christian Frank Samir.
Accursed be all things that do not maintain a distinction between Christ Jesus, the Son of God, and all the ordinances and symbols of the heretics. Cursed, and doubly-accursed, be any nation that sells out the exclusive rights and glories of Christ, in return for any alliance for any amount of ancestral land. If a people do not hold highest the name of Christ, may they be given into the hand of the heathens, and may the Muslims behead their bravest soldiers. Accurse be any people who pray to the heavenly host, instead of to God, our Father. Accursed be all who shout "Ya Mariam", in veneration to Mary for any reason, giving a mere clay vessel, a lowly handmaiden, an instrument in the story of God, the devotion and honour due instead to God Himself. Why pray to those who can't hear you? On the other hand, in one place He has said:
The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them. The Lord preserves all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.And in another place:
Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion, and to you shall vows be performed. O you who hear prayer, to you shall all flesh come.And again:
O Lord, I call upon you; hasten to me! Give ear to my voice when I call to you!Unless we have been reading the "deep secrets of Satan", we do not know whom else to pray to but God, the Father; for we were answered when we asked "Lord, teach us to pray." We say, with David:
To you, O Lord, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if you be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit. Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy, when I cry to you for help, when I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary.But the heretics address themselves to Mary, in unison with their Muslim co-conspirators, and they expect the protection of God. May they be accursed who get in league with Muslims. The worst of all was this:
Both Christian and Muslim religious symbols are displayed at the training area. These include a large cross affixed to a concrete blast wall and banners reading "God is greatest" and "There is no god but God," the first part of the Muslim testament of faith.May they be accursed. Shall you mix the wicked with the righteous? How can you put any of the shahadatayn together with Christ? An affirmation of unitarian heresy, together with the Islamic war cry, and a cross; are we supposed to be impressed? See how stupid a people become once they accept the self-defeating incoherence of secularism! And because they Assyrians are not "Calvinists", the prayer of David referred to earlier cannot fit in their theology, to their destruction; they do not read the Bible or "set God before themselves", so they probably do not even know the standard to which they are being held:
Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! Do not let my heart incline to any evil, to busy myself with wicked deeds in company with men who work iniquity, and let me not eat of their delicacies!No man can even understand his heart, leave alone keep it from inclining to evil and even keeping company, as the Assyrians are guilty of, "with evil men who work iniquity"; by God can turn hearts, if only they prayed to Him, and not to Mary.