When is it more effective to flee from persecution? I do not know if there is one correct answer to that question. When we read the list of sufferings Paul endured (2 Cor. 11:24-28), it is obvious that he did not flee from every difficult situation. Yet in Acts 14:4-7, “an attempt was made by both Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, to mistreat them and to stone them, they learned of it and fled to Lystra.” One thing is clear from reading Acts; the apostles were Spirit led men.
Faithfulness to proclaiming the pure gospel and the principles of Scripture will bring persecution in some form, sometime, and somewhere (2 Tim. 3:12; John 15:18-21). Persecution is not the focus of our attention. The gospel is. “Then they (the apostles) left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name” (Acts 5:41). They had done their part in being faithful to the call to preach Jesus.
Whether God leads us to stay and endure suffering or flee for a safer place, let us make sure we are doing what is most effective in proclaiming Christ to those God has sent us to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ (Eph. 3:7-10).
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