Menno Simons, an Anabaptist leader, writes, regarding persecution: “[The children of God] must in all misery, ignominy and trouble take upon themselves the pressing cross and must follow the rejected, outcast, bleeding and crucified Christ, as He Himself said: ‘If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.'”

Furthermore, Menno notes: “Persecutions will not cease so long as there are righteous and unrighteous people on earth.”

How does persecution serve for our good?

  1. It keeps from inclining toward earthly ease, peace and prosperity which have so great a tendency to ruin and undo us before our God and to render us careless, refractory, lukewarm and drowsy.
  2. It makes us lay aside the sins which so easily beset us.
  3. It keeps us from fleeting thought.
  4. It puts us to a severe test, even such as Christ experienced.
  5. It gives us firmness of confidence, tranquility of patience and vehement ardor of prayer.