August 31st, 2019
Judgment Against an Illegal Religion
Acts 18:12-13 (KJB) And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia, the Jews made insurrection with one accord against Paul, and brought him to the judgment seat, 13 Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law.
Do you think it is crazy or far fetched today that leaders of our nation, or even the world at large, could attempt to legislate preaching of the gospel message? Well, right here in God’s Word, this kind of thing has already happened. In ancient times Roman leaders gathered together in unity to judge that the preaching of the Apostle Paul was contrary to what was acceptable preaching and opposite the law.
Did you get that? These ancient leaders judged what was acceptable for preaching.
Talk about losing freedom of speech, the Apostle Paul was brought forth to stand before these Roman officials of whom Gallio was the deputy. Paul’s preaching of the gospel was judged to be an illegal religion, not to be heard of the people or tolerated.
It did not matter to these men in authority where Paul’s message was founded or that Truth given was of God was divinely involved.
However, don’t lose hope, for if you read on to the next verses, God was at work behind the scenes in this incident. Gallio desired to take no part in this hostile directive of judging given at the sole discretion and direction of these men bypassing God. These leaders desired to nitpick against names and words spoken by Paul, but Gallio realized this effort to stop Paul from preaching truth was futile. This spiritual Gestapo movement was brought about by religious zeal of these Jewish men and not brought according to the breaking of any law.
Today a godly person still has the right, the divine direction, and the authority to preach and teach truths of God as God promises to see it through (Isaiah 55:11) according to His will. Please note, this right is not Constitution driven but given to man from God.
Doesn’t it seem possible that this same kind of thing could happen to servants of God today in this dark nation and collectively in the world? However, it is important to note that nothing any man can do or legislate can stop or impede the spread of the gospel message for everything of God dwells above any man or law at work in this world and promises His work will be preserved forever (Psalm 12:6-7).