23 About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way. Acts 19:23
When the church is doing its job by changing communities, there are “natural” consequences to it. Town leaders lose a bit of power when the church changes lives. Sometimes rabble-rousers stir up trouble just to stir it up.
As many of you know, “closed” countries are those countries in which the Gospel is not allowed to be preached or taught. Communist countries and most Muslim-dominated countries are closed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ to some degree. Some are more closed than others. When the church makes a disturbance in these countries due to rapid church growth or supernatural healings, the officials do what they can to shut it down and stops its leaders. If it means beatings or imprisonment, they do it.
It may seem like I write about the Persecuted Church a lot. I do. It’s no accident. We need to do what we can to keep them in the forefront of our minds because very few people even know the persecution exists.
Pray for “underground” churches in Iran, China, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, and Cuba. They desperately need encouragement and strength.