The Bible, Jesus, and His teachings have increasingly become subjects of controversy, particularly among those who control the levers of power in business and government. As society progresses, these controversies are likely to intensify. In such times of difficulty, it is crucial for the Church and its supporting services to be prepared to withstand public pressure.
In the city of Corinth, there was a notable incident involving the apostle Paul and the prosperous marketplace, particularly the silversmiths who specialized in producing idols, specifically the idol Artemis. When Paul publicly preached against the idol, declaring it evil and a sin, urging people to turn away from it, the marketplace reacted strongly. The silversmiths were deeply concerned about their financial gains and profits. They accused Paul, stating, “this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that gods made by human hands are no gods at all” (Acts 19:26). Their primary concern was the potential danger to their trade [not being able to make money with evil businesses and on evil] and the tarnishing of their business reputation. Their reaction was fueled by their vested interests and the welfare of their company, their profits, and shareholders rather than genuine devotion to the false god Artemis and its worship or better said, greed. This incident serves as a reminder that any product or service that promotes things leading God’s people astray should be a matter of concern and caution. Acts 19:26
This article explores various modern examples of how organized opposition seeks to suppress messengers of truth and the challenges faced by those who stand for righteousness.
Teachers Unions and False Teachings
Certain teachers unions and schools are promoting teachings that not only deviate from the principles of God but also propagate idolatrous beliefs. These institutions, responsible for shaping young minds, are pushing agendas that undermine biblical values and introduce ideas contrary to the truth.
Government Overreach and Coercion
Instances of governmental overreach are on the rise, where authorities go beyond constitutional boundaries and ethical guidelines. Forcing individuals to make false choices, such as taking a vaccine or losing their jobs, is a clear violation of personal freedom and the Nuremberg Code. This coercion, facilitated through public-private partnerships, not only encroaches on individual rights but also exploits businesses and organizations to implement government agendas.
Financial Institutions and Second Amendment Violations
Large financial institutions, including national credit unions and even Visa, have begun engaging in actions that infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of citizens. By granting special codes for certain purchases at the government’s request, these institutions contribute to the erosion of constitutionally protected freedoms. This along with canceling merchant accounts or bank accounts for Christian organization such as the National Committee for Religious Freedom and Religious Freedom Ambassador former Senator Sam Brownback.
Social Media Censorship and the First Amendment
Social media platforms, under the influence of government pressure, are increasingly violating the First Amendment rights of American citizens. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, admitted during an interview with Joe Rogan that the FBI approached him to censor specific discussions. This restriction on free speech mirrors the historical suppression faced by messengers of truth, such as Paul, whose voice was stifled by the authorities of his time.
Government Collaboration with Tech Companies
The CDC’s alleged collaboration with Facebook, as revealed in a recent governmental hearing, exposed an orchestrated effort to curtail the public’s First Amendment rights. By allegedly misleading Facebook about their motives, the government effectively restricted discussions on health concerns, further undermining freedom of expression. With the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, working with Facebook, according to Mark Zuckerburg and Elon Musk with Twitter allegedly violating American’s first amendment rights as stated in the United States Constitution.
Forced Mutilation and the Rights of Children
Some individuals and institutions are pressuring parents to make decisions against their better judgment, resulting in life-altering surgeries for underage children. For example, a school gave parents a false ultimatum, leading them to consent to a surgical procedure for their 16-year-old daughter. These instances of forced mutilation represent a grave injustice and an assault on the rights of children. Now their daughter is 18 years of age and has testified to the United State Congress speaking out against such practices of harming children as she was at 16 years of age.
Challenges for Truth Speakers and Their Supporters
The list of challenges faced by those who speak the truth is extensive, and it will undoubtedly grow in the days to come. The merchants who profit from these demonic and idolatrous practices will continue to organize against those who stand for righteousness, just as they did in Paul’s time. Today, organized opposition uses public outrage, manipulation, and orchestrated demonstrations to discredit messengers of truth and suppress their voices.
Preparing Your Company to Withstand Pressure
The mounting public pressure and opposition against truth speakers will inevitably impact companies that support them. It is essential for companies to be aware of these challenges and determine whether they are prepared to stand firm in the face of opposition. Key considerations include evaluating the costs of processing transactions, ensuring that merchant account providers align with biblical principles, and establishing guidelines to safeguard the company’s commitment to truth.
Merchants of Babylon Final End
Although we will always have certain merchants who are driven by greed and evil on Earth, organizing against messengers of truth that negatively impact their bottom line (i.e., profits), scripture encourages us by letting us know how God not only sees what is taking place and how they are harming God’s people, but God will finally deal with them in a manner that eradicates their schemes, lives, and evil practices. God refers to them as the ‘merchants of Babylon,’ identifying all who engage in such behavior as part of a dark Babylonian network of merchants.
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Demonstrated how to stand in gross darkness with a heart of love.
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. last Breath Taking Sermon that challenges us all who claim to be follower of Jesus Christ.
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Letter from the Birmingham, Alabama Jail when he was wrongly arrested.
Standing for truth in a world increasingly hostile to righteousness is not an easy task. It requires a clear understanding, careful planning, and unwavering dedication to the Gospel of Peace. While standing for truth may not always be popular in earthly terms, it is deeply valued in heaven, and the cloud of witnesses surely looks upon those who refuse to bow to dark pressures with admiration.
As we navigate these challenging times, it is crucial for businesses and individuals alike to uphold their commitment to righteousness. By remaining steadfast in their support of messengers of truth, companies can contribute to the preservation of freedom of speech, the protection of individual rights, and the dissemination of God’s Word. Let us not be swayed by the pressures of the world but stand firmly on the firm foundation of truth, knowing that our actions have far-reaching implications beyond mere profits or popularity.
In the face of organized opposition, may we find courage, wisdom, and discernment to resist mob rule and uphold justice. Let us remember the example of the Apostle Paul and those who stood alongside him, facing adversity with unwavering faith. In doing so, we honor God, protect the principles we hold dear, and contribute to a society that cherishes truth, justice, and righteousness.
Ultimately, the battle against mob rule and the suppression of messengers of truth is one that transcends earthly boundaries. It is a spiritual battle, fought with the armor of God and the power of His Word. Let us stand united, ready to face the challenges ahead, knowing that the truth will prevail and that those who stand for righteousness will be remembered as beacons of light in a world often consumed by darkness.