Have you noticed the constant campaign to remove the name of Jesus from everything, even prayer?  It seems like every day you hear of another story about removing Jesus.  The bible tells us to pray in the name of Jesus but our world doesn’t want us to say his name anywhere.  Well this is not a new thing, really there is nothing new under the sun as the bible states and I’m beginning to believe that more and more.  While reading my bible yesterday I was reading Acts 5:17-42.

Acts 5:17-42

  17Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation,

18And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison.

19But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said,

20Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.

21And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and they that were with him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.

22But when the officers came, and found them not in the prison, they returned and told,

23Saying, The prison truly found we shut with all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors: but when we had opened, we found no man within.

24Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this would grow.

25Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people.

26Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned.

27And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,

 28Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.

 29Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

 30The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.

 31Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

 32And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

33When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them.

34Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;

35And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men.

36For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought.

37After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.

38And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:

39But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.

40And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.

41And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.

 42And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.

Notice, they didn’t want them preaching in the name of Jesus, that name, and bringing this man’s blood upon them.  Peter spoke up and said we ought to obey God rather than men and proclaimed the gospel!  And the very last verse in this chapter it says daily in the temple and every house they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ!!!  Never ever compromise, make sure you never omit the name of Jesus Christ, if he is your savior never let anyone tell you not to say his name.  There may come a day when the name of Jesus will be so offensive that we are delivered up to council’s,  the apostles rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his nameThere will be a day when every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord! Praise the precious name of Jesus Christ our Lord forever!!

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