Amos 2:12 But ye gave the Nazarites wine to drink; and commanded the prophets, saying, Prophesy not.
Barnes Bible Commentary:
If the Christians would have abstained from converting the world, they would not have been persecuted.
The more God reveals His Will, the more direct and more determinate the opposition of those who will not yield. God’s perseverance in trying to win them irritates them; they oppose grace, and are angered at not being let alone.
Matthew Henry Bible Commentary:
When men reject God’s word, adding obstinacy to sin, and this becomes the general character of a people, they will be given up to misery, notwithstanding all their boasted power and resources.
Those are very unjust who complain of ministers for preaching of hell and damnation; for it is from a desire to bring them to heaven and salvation.