A time of great persecution may be coming on this earth, and the Lord Jesus Christ has already warned us that on His account, we would be ‘brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles’ (Matthew 10:18).
At the same time, the Lord Jesus Christ has instructed us to ‘not worry about what to say or how to say it’ (Matthew 10:19), and has assured us that ‘at that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you’. (Matthew 10:19)
Indeed, this has been the experience of Christians in China who have suffered imprisonment due to their faith, and while in prison have had their human personality systematically destroyed in a most devilish way.
The following wonderful account was given by the late Christian author Basilea Schlink in her book Ruled by the Spirit:
Dr. Leslie Milan, the founder of the Freedom Movement in Canada, describes his experiences during rigorous imprisonment in China where he had to undergo the torments of this brain-washing. “The Communists were able to wash out everything from my memory. No education was available any more, no kind of cultural background to form any resistance. Nothing of my own could resist any more. My body could not resist, for it broke down completely after several weeks. I was a physical wreck. There was nothing in me that could offer resistance. But when God’s Spirit wanted to bring something to mind, out of the subconscious, He could still do so. As soon as God’s Spirit recalled the Word of God to my memory, my tormentors no longer knew what to do. I can still hear how they challenged me and said, Mr. Milan, stand up and answer this question!” They asked me – and I don’t even know what it was they asked me. I could no longer even listen. Suddenly God’s Word began to flow in me and when they had finished their talk and allowed me to speak, all that I did was simply to ‘quote’ what was in me — God’s words. And these seven men of the political indoctrination course sensed for a moment something of the glory of God. It was a witness to them of how powerfully God’s Word works through the Spirit…”