The real church, the true church, the body of Christ, has always been persecuted and is still being persecuted. The false churches of this world coexist they are not a threat to each other, but they persecute the true church, those who truly follow Jesus Christ.
When I was young I was brought up in a true church. It was a Pentecostal church, but people hated us, they persecuted us. Even at school you were ridiculed, you were mocked. You could not find a job because if you did not belong to one of the established churches, if you were not a Catholic or a Calvinist or a Presbyterian or any of those dead churches, then you could not find a job then you were not accepted in society. Life was difficult. They threw stones on the roof of the church while we had services. They released pigeons into the church, they mocked the Holy Spirit. They mocked us because we believed in the Holy Spirit and we spoke in tongues. But in that church people were changed. The true gospel was preached. People came to repentance, they cried before the Lord and their lives were changed. They were baptized in water, they were baptized in the Holy Spirit and they became born again, true children of God.
But then gradually with time the church changed. It became conformed to the world. It became like the fake churches, the false churches that have established themselves in this world, and then the persecution stopped because that church was also a fake church. The Pentecostal churches have become just like the others in some cases they have become worse because they have turned away from Jesus, and they’ve become conformed to the world.
If you belong to the true body of Christ, the true church, you will be persecuted. If the church that you attend preaches the gospel of Jesus Christ then that church will be persecuted. They will want to drive you out of town. If Jesus is in you the world will hate you. They will do anything and everything to get rid of you. There are not many true churches around anymore. The true followers of Jesus Christ have been driven out, the true body of Christ functions outside of the organized church, because the true followers of Jesus Christ, the body of Christ, now function under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. If your church is not being persecuted, mocked, ridiculed, driven out of town, then it is a false church. Then it is not the true church of Jesus Christ.
If you are not being persecuted and hated because you love and follow and obey Jesus Christ then you are not a true follower of Jesus Christ, because then you are not part of the true church, the body of Christ, the persecuted church. Are you part of the Persecuted Church? Are you part of the body of Christ and are you being persecuted because of Jesus Christ. Jesus said:”You will be hated by all men because of Me.” If this world loves you and accepts you then you are of the world then you are not of Jesus Christ. Do you belong to the persecuted Church of Jesus Christ or do you belong to the world, does satan own you?
May Jesus bless you.