Why the World Hates Christians

18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. 24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25 But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’ (John 15:18-25)

1. We’re not part of the world’s system, but have been called out of the world. (v. 19)

2. The world hates Christ and a servant is not above his master. Christ was persecuted and his followers will be persecuted. (v. 18, 20)

3. The world not only does not know God, the world Hats God and his Son. (vv. 21, 23)

4. To fulfill scripture. (v. 25 [Ps 69:4])

HT: John MacArthur

If you would like to watch or listen to the sermons from which the above points were taken, use the following links.

http://www.gty.org/resources/Sermons/43-85/Why-the-World-Hates-Christians-Part-1

http://www.gty.org/resources/Sermons/43-86/Why-the-World-Hates-Christians-Part-2

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  1. The sad thing is that one almost feels deficient in faith when not being despised or bringing offense:
    “I’m not being hated – I must be lukewarm” ☺. No wonder so many Christians become ornery and confrontational – they need to feel validated ! (I include myself in this critique). But the truth is that simply abiding in Christ and standing up for the Gospel once in a while will bring on the antichrist hatred. Sometimes I wish God could have done it differently…

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  2. Dan, this is not directed at you but just an observation in support of what you have written. I have found that many Christian’s are afraid to say the name of Jesus. I have to laugh sometimes (not a ha ha laugh, but a shake my head in sadness laugh) because I hear them say “Christ,” boldly and proudly, but whisper the name, “Jesus,” as if embarrassed.

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