There was a time that Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex a certain of the church. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, (just like these days it will please some religious circles to have some men of God arrested) the bible says he killed James and "proceeded further to take Peter also." Acts 12:3
Political leaders find pleasure in vexing those who believe, and seeing how much it pleases those spiritual leaders near them who are against these sects or small groups of believers, they aren’t hesitant even to kill. They don’t seem to care, yet this has led so many leaders towards their downfall.
"Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him." Acts 12:5
Hear me you our Herods of today, the church is praying, and that they do without ceasing! You may have gotten James but that doesn’t mean you got us all.
When the angel of the Lord saved Peter, it was like he was dreaming. "And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews." Acts 12:11
That was the end of Herod, "And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost. But the word of God grew and multiplied." Acts 12:21-24
It’s an unnecessary thing to do to vex certain of the church. Many have died because of evil expectations of some believers against others. Saul was cautioned by the captain of the church, "...Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks" Acts 9:4-5.
Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, who had in reputation among all the people said, "Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men...Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God" Acts 5:34-39.
This is what brought about Herod’s downfall, likewise many like him till this day. You want true peace? Refrain from these men, certain of the church, wash your hands and let them alone.