Hardship in life or being criticized for your belief is not the same as Christian persecution in the Bible
Living a difficult life full of troubles, problems, and hardship is not Christian persecution. It could consequence of wrong choices. In the same way, if someone contradicts your doctrine, it could be an open rebuke, not persecution.
How to know if you are being persecuted
- The other person is rejecting the authority of Jesus.
- You are told to deny Jesus’ deity.
- You are prevented from exercising your faith.
In short, Christian persecution has something to do with limiting one’s right to exercise faith.
A clear example is when the government prohibits you from gathering and worshiping on Sunday, like what happened with John MacArthur in 2020.
Persecution vs. foolish debates
Some Christians are divided over social justice, progressive doctrines vs. reformed tradition, and government criticism—no wonder the apostles avoided foolish talk and led a quiet life—focusing on their mission.
Bottom line, when someone ridicules your faith and theology—don’t call it persecution, that’s opinion. Reason with love to win the person to Christ instead.