I have battled the reality of truth for many years only recently coming to a healthy conclusion, finally and most certainly reaching a peace that surpasses all understanding. How did I find this peace? Not by accident but through learned ignorance. Docta Ignoranta or learned ignorance brings the truth to the front of the line making truth a priority above all others. Docta ignoranta is the emptying of one’s beliefs as they have collected throughout the years through experience and implemented opinions then replacing those former subjective beliefs with facts based on biblical account and factual history. The one truth which cannot be denied or ignored is history itself. This is because history, in its very definition, really happened and cannot be debunked as a lie.
In our age of post-modernism, we have become a relative society, a cultural quagmire of individual reality and singular truth. Subjectivity is the norm in our world because individualism rules the day. No longer do we conduct research of biased facts spewed forth by “professionals” in areas foreign to our own. Instead of verifying someone’s projected truth, we simply believe for the sake of political correctness which has invaded our very academic institutions and into our very church. We have sacrificed our ability to discern on the altar of tradition, providing the framework for chaotic lawlessness.
When did this occur? Why do we so quickly believe someone because of our subjective aesthetic response to another’s viewpoint? More importantly, when will the standards and principles we adhered to before become the very fodder of our culture machine? We are in the “last days” of the Bible and this is obvious in more ways than I can list here. The most important signal of this fact is our current cultural tendency to follow individualism and self-satisfaction instead of the good of the social order.
A society cannot survive in this environment of self-serving principles so prevalent in our culture. We cannot continue to sustain as a civilization when tolerance of every thought, belief, and action is upheld simply because we do not wish to offend the individual identity. Without some kind of central control (God) there will eventually be loss of all control and what little control we had before will be so unrecognizable or worse, ignored altogether that social chaos will reign supreme and chaotic order will form the new standard of social life. Basically every man for himself will become the new norm of our culture.
Spirituality previously meant becoming closer to God or learning to get in touch with your inner spirit (everyone has one) and communicate with God on this level. It required seclusion of some sort and usually took place in space reserved for meditation of the soul. Without this seclusion, meditation becomes garbled and distracted serving only to create more confusion for the individual. What has occurred so recently is the belief in spirituality as a form of baseless mind control which enables the individual to reach their innermost being in an attempt to become one with the collective cosmos. Not the true spirituality at all, once again culture has taken a pure form of human response to God and twisted it into something demonic and without moral principle or purpose.
This leads me to finding the truth amidst the deception. There are so many “truths” floating around our daily lives today it is confusing to even try to understand what truth is anymore. The internet has enabled man to place any truth they can conjure up in a public forum viewable by anyone worlds away in a matter of seconds. This fact coupled with our current cultural norm of creating our own truth and reality creates chaos unrestrained. To try to fathom the possibilities of causing confusion in this atmosphere in a matter of minutes is startling but even more concerning to the serious believer (One who believes in God; the God of the Bible).
If truth can be fabricated within a matter of seconds and distributed even quicker to thousands of candidates, there is no control of the reality as we once knew it to be. Reality then becomes whatever the individual creating it desires it to be. Reality then becomes believable simply based off one’s perception no matter how subjective or baseless it may be.
As a believer in the One True God, our Creator and Lord, we must refuse to become prejudiced to our current culture norms. We must refuse to believe any truth outside of the biblical account or historical facts until we have first checked its validity first and verified its credibility. We must activate our ability to discern and “test the spirits” as the Bible instructs us to. We must unlearn everything we have learned and start anew learning only biblical truths and relevant historical facts of our faith. We must study the Bible on our own and free of bias and subjectivity from outside sources, whether ecclesiastical or secular. We must listen to God when He talks to us and refuse to allow the enemy to convince us to listen to others in our lives. If we are receiving confirmation through personal interaction, check their lives and test the spirit of their claim. We must do these things or we will perish with our “realities” and “truths” that we so tightly hold on to simply because traditionalism tells us to. Friend, test every spirit and challenge every thought you are introduced to or you will most definitely fall victim to the enemy.
While standing in line today at the VA, I overheard a conversation among other disabled veterans discussing our youth today and the moral status of them. The discussion stressed the current dilemma we are facing in our society today regarding our children. How children are are raising the parents. How our children have more legal rights than the parents. And how terribly wrong our education system has become, morally corrupted as a direct result of removing God from within the halls of academia.
I couldn’t help but begin to think again of what we as a country and culture have become in America. Our schools have their own private police force. Our children can give us, the parents, pointers on everything from sex to the various types of illegal narcotics freely obtained and available at most every school throughout the USA. Listening to my own 10, 8, and 7 year olds as they give me a review of the day’s events is almost depressing. Have we lost our youth to the institution of education? I believe we have and, for those more fortunate, will most definitely in the next few years.
However, being an avid student of the Scripture, I instantly ran this problem through my moral compass and this is what I formulated as a solution. If it wasn’t this way until we forcefully removed God from our schools, then logically we can just as easily reintroduce Him back into the system, right? Wrong! You see friends, because of static participation; we have buried the hatchet when it comes to change. What you must understand is historically, change cannot be undone. It is virtually impossible and should not be pursued. So many times I hear, “In my day it was different” or “I never experienced this.” Of course, because change progresses forward however negative the change may be. It is a forward momentum, not a reverse direction. Accepting change is probably one of the churches biggest downfalls. They cannot accept it therefore, they will not experience it. This will most definitely result in a stagnant institution much like you see today.
Now, I would like to approach the problem of change briefly. Change within itself as a catalyst of progression is not negative in any sense of context. Rather, change, when confused with compromise, begins to take a much different shape all its own. This change cries out for adherence, mostly blind, and begs social obedience. This is not the change God requires in His Word to us, instead it is a change craftily designed by the enemy to cause confusion and lawlessness within any culture or social order. America, while once a nation built on morals, values, and Christian concepts, has fallen right into the very line with every other nation where individual desires far outweigh social wellbeing. We have substituted the good of the group for the temporary fix of the individual without giving any thought as to the need of a collective goal.
We should not be surprised to say the least as God forewarned every believer of this occurrence. Matthew 24:4-13 says, “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. “You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. “But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. “Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of my name. “At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. “Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many (www.theologyoftruth.com/anti-christ.html). “Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. “But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.” (NASB)
Now, there are several points I would like to touch on briefly here. First, earthquakes are referred to in the Bible as an expression of God’s power. Hebrews 12:25-28 says, See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if those did not escape when they refused Him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape who turn away from Him who warns from Heaven. And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the Heaven.” This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. (NASB)
I mention earthquakes because we have been experiencing a large number of them in the past few years on a much more consistent basis than ever before. Have you ever stopped to consider what they represent? The Bible clearly informs us they are God’s way of making an urgent point. Why do we insist on ignoring this? God is trying to get our attention and we are choosing to deny Him access. The longer we deny God an audience, the further from the truth we travel. Exodus 19:9, 16, 17 clearly describe this in detail. The Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will come to you in a think cloud, so that the people may hear when I speak to with you and may also believe in you forever.” So it came about on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunder and lightening flashes and a thick cloud upon the mountain and a very loud trumpet sound, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. (NASB)
God has always controlled the universe, every aspect of it. Science is man’s attempt to uproot and destroy the aspect of nature which God has created. Man has always challenged God and science is his weapon. I am not against science within context, however, science as a religion or belief when used to criticize and attack God betrays the very fundamentals of faith. And since God has clearly used nature in the past to get our attention, it should come as no surprise that we are experiencing the wrath of God today in our very geographical arena. Take note that this wrath is being compared to the wrath of God against all mankind that Paul talks about in Romans 1:18-20, For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For the since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through that which has been made, so that they are without excuse. (NASB) This is a wrath of righteous anger, justified by His very omnipotence and omniscience. It was our own fault for receiving the wrath of God because God is a loving being. But love by its very construction requires choice. If we had been created as robots with God controlling our existence, then we would never know love. We would simply exist to do what we were programmed to do. Our actions would be reactions. However, God did not desire us to blindly function as a direct effect of command. He did provide commandments for us to adhere to and obey, but we are still free to disobey if we so choose. Love requires freedom of choice to exist you see. To love, one must be given the opportunity to choose to love. And you must choose to love or you will hate. And because God always loves but gives us the ability to choose to love, we must decide what we will do. The downside to this explanation is if we choose to hate, we must receive due punishment because hate cannot go unpunished. Hate destroys love and therefore, it destroys the careful ecosystem God has designed and created for us. Hate unbridled [allowed reign without eventual punishment] would cause a breakdown in the fragile ecosystem and this would prove God erred. The choice to go against God is what caused the fall of Lucifer in the first place and ultimately led to Adam also falling out of grace.
Now, here is the bigger picture of my point today. As a parent we experience the pain of realizing our world is moving much quicker than we like or prefer. We understand the dangers out there in the unknowns of our realities and we are deathly afraid of what risks those dangers pose to our children. The line must be clearly drawn in the sand and boundaries must be established or I guarantee you will always lose control. The Bible gives explicit instructions on raising your children up in the way they should be taught (daily reading and meditation of the Bible) but falls short of further instructions on how to remedy the pitfalls apart from sparing not the rod. In the Scriptures, discipline is constantly being stressed along with proper education out of the school room. So, with this new, yet age-old information at our fingertips and in our minds, can we solve this detrimental problem before we completely lose control? Yes. How? By accepting change as a time-ordered necessity and revising our methods of approach to meet the change on its level instead of expecting change to conform to our lives. We know change is good as long as we don’t confuse this change with compromise. Change can even be beneficial if we maintain the proper perspective of it.
Man can argue the basis of anything so do not be swayed by an argument against biblical logic such as this. The Bible carries absolute truth to everything it contains because it was God who inspired it through the Holy Spirit and willing human hands. Do not be surprised with challenges to the truth for the enemy makes it his number one priority to challenge God even to the point of taking on God Himself (see Luke 4:1-13). The problem with many Christians today is that we have fallen right into line with the rest of society in our respective cultures. We have bought into the truth through rigorous rationale and scrutiny. I myself started to turn in this direction prior to being given a tasking by God to look deeper into what He wanted me to research. I was a former law enforcement investigator and research and facts was my trademark. I lived for the facts and evidence and while I utilize them even today in my theological research, I have rearranged and prioritized their relevance in my research. It is important to never allow facts and evidence to surpass or circumvent the Bible’s truths. Meaning, don’t allow the search for truth to carry you past the truth itself. Humans are resilient and relentless beings; we get on a trail and sniff until our nose bleeds. Much like a hound dog hot on the trail of a raccoon, we can quickly cross over into obsession, surpassing the point God wanted us to arrive at. Be careful not to fall into this trap because it is easier than you might think.
Throughout the years I have followed the church as it has continued to grow, decline, level out, grow some more, and other various shifting, I have experienced on fluctuating levels, different denominations and non-denominations within the Christian spectrum and observed the methodology and traditions of each of these denominations and non-denomination bodies of the church machine.
In all of my experience with several different bodies of the church, I have not come any closer to God. Throughout all my time practicing worship and other group organized practices in the corporate world of the institutional church, I have not retained any further evidence of the truth. Rather, I have begun to distance myself from the church as the representative body of Christ altogether after realizing through many painful lessons that they are not what the Bible defines at all.
It wasn’t until I began my education program through Mid-American Christian University out of Oklahoma City Oklahoma that I began to come to a realization of the Bible as the living Word of God. It was actually after several months of schooling that I experienced a transformation from learned tradition to learned ignorance. The term I will use here is Docta Ignoranta. Latin for “learned ignorance”, this term carries with it so much truth to what every Christian must truly overcome in their daily walk with Jesus Christ.
You see friends, to really grasp the truth of what Jesus was telling us in the Bible, to truly understand the words for what they are conveying to each of us, we must distance our own perception of the Bible. We must unlearn everything we have heard in the past, every tradition which has been passed down to us through the centuries. We must “ignore” all the preconceived ideas and personal interpretations of other people in order to really lay hold of a true understanding of what God is saying to us.
Docta Ignoranta or learned ignorance introduces an idea similar to an Interior Decorator who must empty a room of clutter before beginning to redecorate. Without all of the clutter being removed from the situation, the decorator will find it difficult to lay hold of the room’s dimensions and this will make picturing the new ideas for decorating that room hard if not impossible. The same goes for learned ignorance. A new believer must empty or clear out all previous spiritual clutter from their lives and minds before attempting to replace that space with God.
Too often, we give our lives to God thinking we can simply replace whatever deity we had in place prior to God without first completely overhauling our entire life of everything else. This is what the Bible calls “dying to our flesh so we can live for Christ.” Without completely dying to ourselves, we will just be making God an addition to our already busy and full life. This makes God secondary to whatever parasite was living in our lives before.
In simpler words, if we do not die to ourselves and our old life prior to replacing that space with God, we will never fully reach the understanding we need in order to be a healthy and living example of Jesus Christ. Friends, can you die to yourselves today? Can you do what Jesus requires and turn off your old selves in order to receive a much more glorious life ahead? Remember, it is not the life here on earth that Jesus says will be the reward for believers, it is the future life ahead of us at the end of the persecution and challenges.
When you first became a Christian or as I like to refer to, a “believer“, did you ever think that you would be challenged with knowing what you believe in? Did it strike you as odd that in most churches, the main subject preached is how to live forever yet you never hear much being said on how to live now, in our current world? I mean, realistically, the Bible says everything on how to live in a sinful world but have you actually heard a preacher or pastor speak recently on how to live in our world in a realistic way. More specifically, on what to do in certain real-life dilemas or how to react to a real-life emergency?
The point I am trying to make here is I have not experienced too many pastors who actually take on controversial (real-life) situations. They even avoid race, sex, and ethical issues altogether. But aren’t these issues prevelant in our society and culture? Shouldn’t we know what we must say and do in certain daily, non-avoidable situations?
That is why I began to question my own faith. I started to realize that while the Christian faith itself is founded on truth and integrity, those who founded it or helped establish it might not be so truthful or full of integrity. That is when I dared to research my faith! I did not like what I discovered but it has only served to strengthen my faith even more….
Easter is directly derived from a pagan worship practice that originated in ancient times in Egypt which worshiped the sun god Sol. Rabbits and eggs mean something so sacriligeous, it mocks the very institution of Christianity as a belief. Correctly interpreted and directly referenced, Easter Sunday represents a pagan holiday and worship that has nothing to do with the crucifixion or resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave. Let me expound further.
The term “Easter” derives from an earlier word “Ishtar” which means, a day that commemorated the resurrection of a god “Tammuz” who was believed to be the only begotten son of the moon goddess and sun god. The English word “Easter” and German “Ostern” come from the common origin “Eostur” which meant “the season of the rising sun” to the Norsemen. The word was used by our ancestors to refer to “the feast of new life in spring.” The same root can be found in the name “East” which also means “where the sun rises.” The symbolism of Easter was directed to the supernatural meaning of the Anglo-Saxon goddess “Eostre.” 18th century Christian historian Venerable Bede, established that the name “Easter” came from the ancient festival “Oestre”, who is the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and fertility.
The first day of spring is also known as vernal equniox, which means “spring equal night.” Both day and night are equally 12 hours long. To the culture of that time, this carried a promising meaning. It meant that winter was over and the sun again began to take control. To mark this time of celebration, the culture held festivals to show their thanks to pagan gods which included animal and children sacrifices. This practice reveals activities similar to the sacrifices made to Molech in the Old Testament of the Bible.
Sunday is derived from the Scandanavian sun goddess “Sunna”. It is also believed to derived from “Sol” the Roman god of the sun. Isn’t it appropriate that not only is Sunday not the original Sabbath, but also contains the very word for the central deity of worship for most ancient pagan religions. Sunday, or the day of the sun, standing for the first day of the week is derived from none other than Egyptian astrology. Each day of the week was named after the seven commonly known planets which make up our immediate solar system; Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, the Sun, Venus, Mercury, and the Moon. Lets not forget that further research will reveal all seven planets just mentioned also have Roman gods named after them. And wasn’t it a Roman leader (Constantine) who legalized Christianity in the first place? Constantine was very pagan and actually took on Christianity in a religious merge of sorts, not in the context of the New Testament as Jesus Christ implemented and instructed. See http://www.theologyoftruth.com/what-changed.html for additional information on the origin of Christianity.
Judges 2:11-14 talks of worship of Baal and Ashtaroth (Easter worship). Easter bares a Chaldean origin of the Bible and is not of Christian origin at all. Can you begin to see the connection between the pagan roots of Constantine in Rome and Rome’s gods interrelated with Easter? “Ishtar” or “Ashtaroth” was Baal’s wife, the pagan goddess of fertility and queen of heaven. To make this information more real I will make direct reference to the Bible.
Judges 2:11-14 says, “Then the sons of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals, and they forsook the Lord the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods from among the gods of the peoples who were around them and bowed themselves, thus they provoked the Lord to anger. So they forsook the Lord and served Baal and the Ashtaroth. The anger of the Lord burned against Israel and He gave them into the hands of the plunderers who plundered them; and He sold them into the hands of their enemies around them so that they could no longer stand before their enemies.” (NASB)
1 Samuel 7:3-4 says, Then Samuel spoke to the house of Israel saying, “If you return to the Lord with all your heart, remove the foreign gods, and the Ashtaroth from among you, and direct your hearts to the Lord and serve Him alone and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines.” So the son’s of Israel removed the Baals and the Ashtaroth and served the Lord alone.” (NASB)
Eggs represent a sacred symbol of rebirth and fertility among pagan cultures of the day to include but not limited to; the Babylonians, Druids, Egyptians, and other pagan cultures. Dyed eggs were used as sacred offerings during the pagan Easter season and were also used as symbols of the goddess “Oestre” or “Ishtar” and different cultures of that time. During the Roman rule of Ceasar Augustus, Hyginus (an Egyptian librarian in Rome) wrote, “an egg of a wonderous sight is said to have fallen from heaven into the river Euphrates. The fish rolled it to the bank were the doves, having settled upon it, and hatched it, out came Venus, who afterwords was called the Syrian goddess, Astarte.” The worship of this goddess included the golden egg of “Istarte.” This is where the Easter egg tradition originated!
The egg was mystical symbol of pagan religions. The serpent entwined around the egg represented a symbol that referred to the creation of the universe. A serpent with an egg in its mouth was a symbol of the universe containing within itself the germ of all things the sun developes. The property possessed by the serpent of shedding its skin, renewing its youth, made it an emblem of eternity and immortality. This is where we get indication that the egg represents serpent (Satanic) worship.
The hare (rabbit) is a pagan symbol of fertility and new life.
It is clear to see that there is absolutely no relevance between the culturally accepted holiday of Easter and the resurrection of Jesus Christ apart from the vague connection made throughout history by the church. How and exactly when this connection was made is unclear. However, it stands to reason that there was pagan influence in the Christian faith as early as the late second century. So, it should not come as a surprise to anyone let alone a Christian believer that we are currently celebrating this sacreligious holiday meant to observe worship of the sun, or more specific, worship of the Devil.
The sunrise service represents an aspect of ancient pagan customs associated with worshiping the sun. While the current custom does not include celebrating the rising of the sun in the Christian community, God clearly condemns the type of service from which it is derived.
Ezekial 8:13-16 says, And He said to me, “yet you will see still greater abominations which they are committing.” Then He brought me to the entrance of the gate of the Lord’s house which was towards the North; and behold, women were sitting there weeping for “Tammuz.” He said to me, “do you see this son of man? Yet you will see still greater abominations than these.” Then He brought me into the inner court of the Lord’s house. And behold, at the entrance to the Temple of the Lord, between the porch and the alter, were about twenty-five men with their backs to the Temple of the Lord and their faces towards the east; and they were prostrating themselves eastward toward the sun. He said to me, “do you see this son of man? Is it too light of a thing for the house of Judah to committ the abominations which they have committed here? That they have filled the land with violence and provoked me repeatedly? For behold, they are putting the twig to their nose. Therefore, I indeed will deal with wrath. My eye will have no pity nor will I spare and though they cry in my ears with a loud voice, yet I will not listen to them.” (NASB)
Many years after the death of Jesus Christ, the Catholic church began to associate the tradition of the sunrise service with Christ’s supposed early morning resurrection in an apparent effort to compromise with their new converts previously held religious traditions.
Albert Pike wrote that all pagan religions worship the sun whether they know it or not, they are actually worshiping Satan because, as an angel, he was known as Lucifer, “the Bearer of Light.” See Isaiah 14:12 for further reference to the former meaning of Satan’s name before his fall from heaven. Sunrise service actually derives from the pagan rite of spring that was held during the vernal equinox to welcome the coming sun. According to the pagan tradition, when the sun would rise on Easter morning, it would dance in the heavens so those who would congregate would dance in honor of the sun.
So, now we are left gasping for air as we realize we have been duped once again by; the father of lies, the prince of darkness, the best deceiver in the universe, Satan! What do we do with this new information we have been provided free of charge. We acknowledge the truth, read the Bible much closer, and begin to set aside more time in our day to meditate on the truth of our faith, instead of believing everything we hear in our churches. I am not condemning or judging anyone here.
But Judges 2:11-13, 1 Samuel 7:3-4, and Ezekial 8:13-16 clearly describe the consequences of continuing an age-old tradition started long ago before Jesus ever walked the earth that openly and without shame, worshiped the Devil. The devil did attempt to be worshiped before and was thrown out of Heaven for his attempt to place his throne above Gods. He tried again when he tempted Jesus in the wilderness and was once again denied the position only God will retain. But the importance of knowing this is that he tries even today again and again. Before coming to a realization that I was practicing demonic traditions by even taking part in Easter celebration, I thought it was Christian because I was told it was Christian by the church. Now, this was before I, myself, became a believer. However, no one is exempt from sin and idolatry is a big sin. God condemns this practice and as Christians, we have no excuse for not knowing His commands. The Bible is available to everyone so we have no excuse for not knowing the truth. For more on the truth behind the traditions, go to: http://www.theologyoftruth.com. May God continue to bless you and keep you safe from the enemies vices….
Also, this website includes additional information explaining the origins of Easter and other holidays most Christians continue to celebrate today. We must correctly honor Jesus Christ in victory, not down-trodden depressive memory of death. Jesus defeated death at the cross once and for all! We must stop nailing Him back up on the cross year after year and celebrating His death when He died to defeat it….http://www.worldtocome.org/player.html?fb=Item%3D558789
Why have we become so ignorant of the devil’s vices? We must get back to our Christian origins of faith in God for everything we encounter in our walk. I plead with you to reconsider your foundations of faith and reestablish your goals. Without the truth we are but mere passengers on a train headed for a sure collision with death.
Break free from your daily prison of sin and grab onto the rope of saving grace. God will always throw you a line, its up to you to reach out and grab it.
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This blog is a theological conversation about the church and its degradation throughout the centuries it has existed. The ekklesia of the New Testament was much different than our current organization. The church has become an industrialized money-generating machine that continues to operate outside the protected confines of God’s grace.
However, because of God’s forgiving nature and His ongoing desire for redemption for all His children, we can pursue forgiveness for our wrongs and seek His guidance. We must stop our attitude of tolerance with the world and its evils and begin seeking God in our walk. Compromise leads to death and persecution leads to salvation. Understand friends, it is only by the blood of Jesus that we can receive eternal life.
Start changing the way you view life as a believer and stop compromising your faith. Material things bring material happiness but Jesus Christ brings eternal life. Every believer is the church, the true ekklesia of Jesus. Face the world with hope for others to come to the realization they are dying and desperately need healed. Offer them the hope of eternal life through Jesus Christ. Inform them of the reality of the persecution they will face. Last, show them by example the life they must live in Jesus.