49I came to cast fire upon the earth; and what do I desire, if it is already kindled? 50But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished! 51Think ye that I am come to give peace in the earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: 52for there shall be from henceforth five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. 53They shall be divided, father against son, and son against father; mother against daughter, and daughter against her mother; mother in law against her daughter in law, and daughter in law against her mother in law.
Scripture Testimony Index stories for this passage
A protestant believer originally from Russia shared with Dr. Baedeker the great persecution his family had to endure because of their faith in Jesus, not from the government or State church but from a merciless mob led by neighbors and even more sadly, an enemy within; his very own brother.
Plunged into a baptism of suffering, even family members turn against one another. But even so, the Chinese church grows silently in the face of persecution.
Each time Jun Jun attended a gospel meeting and his father found out, he received a beating and had his Bible burnt. But even these beatings weren't enough to deter the youth who told his teacher, "Jesus did not quit when it was tough. He endured more for me than I can ever endure for him."