A modern day evangelist lamented, “Whenever the Apostle Paul visited a city, the residents started a riot; when I visit, they serve tea.”
The church in Thessalonica, like many of Paul’s churches, was born amid violent upheaval. An angry mob took offense at Paul’s work and chased him out of town, accusing him of causing “trouble all over the world.” (Acts 17:6) From my introduction to the book of Thessalonians, with notes by Tim Stafford and Philip Yancey.
The curious phenomenon of church growth during times of intense persecution is reflected in these quotes from Christians in different parts of the world.
From a believer in Malaysia:
“We are so blessed because in Indonesia they are killing Christians, but here we just have to put up with discrimination and restrictions on our activities.”
and from an Indonesian Christian….
“We’re very blessed because in Malaysia, they can’t freely publish the Gospel. Here we still can.”
Philip Yancey has an interesting observation from his travels and interviews around the world talking to believers in many different cultures and countries…….
As I travel and also read church history, I have observed a pattern, a strange phenomenon of God “moving” geographically from place to place: from the Middle East to Europe to North America to the developing world. My theory is this: God goes where He’s wanted.
Quotes and selections from the book, Finding God in Unexpected Places, I heartily recommend this book, what a blessing it was to read it.
I tend to agree with him.
But Jesus said, “A prophet is taken for granted in his hometown and his family.” He didn’t do many miracles there because of their hostile indifference. Matthew 13:58
Quotes and selections from the book, Finding God in Unexpected Places