As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”
- Mark 12:28-30
“Then what about this denunciation of the scribes? Were Jesus here today, he would not be the soft-shelled creature some people want us to be. He had a backbone and a conscience – and a heavy right hand – and he brought that hand down like a sledgehammer on hypocrisy and error. And if we would be like Christ, we must be bold and outspoken. They tell us this in order that we may easily glide through the world and that all may speak well of us. But so did their fathers to the false prophets. Are we to suppose that those of us who preach God’s Word are going to keep back any part of our testimony because it will bring us into ill repute with the ungodly? God forbid! We live for something higher and nobler than being fed on the breath of evil persons. If there is error in high places, if there is vice anywhere, it is the duty of the servant of Christ, in his Master’s name, to attack it with all his might. The truth of God must still be spoken, whoever may be offended by it.”
- Charles H. Spurgeon, from his sermon notes (The Spurgeon Study Bible)
So, Spurgeon said over one hundred years ago, that we should be bold, outspoken, and when speaking the truth of God, do so not worrying about who we offend.
Hmmmm. It seems that the world has boxed Christianity into the soft-shell that Spurgeon warned us about, double-sealed in most cases, and we have willingly accepted it so as not to offend.
But watching your neighbor go quietly to hell? Is that cause for being polite? Sure, impolitely telling him he is going to hell is not the right approach, but do something, say something!
Yes, for those interested in politics, there is much fodder here. Trump is my president, because he won the election according to the rules. The Dems, wanting to change the rules, does not change the facts.
I disagree with Trump’s tweets. I know, it is the way of communicating to the masses these days, and Trump promised to be transparent, but it is embarrassing.
But one thing that Trump said in his campaign, he was going to drain the swamp. That was political rhetoric but oh, if it could be so. If we could hit a reset button, and yet…
I do not put my faith in man. Man will always let you down in the long run.
I place my faith in God. There may be hope if our “Abraham” can argue with God about finding 50 righteous people in this country, will God hold His hand of destruction from us? 40? 30?
You may argue that there are more Christian bloggers in the US than that, but you get the idea. What number will it take for the Holy Spirit to start a revival rather than the angel of death starting destruction.
David Robertson has published the statistics that the United Kingdom is less than 50% religious, and an alarming majority of those ‘religious’ people rarely go to church. Can the US be far behind?
Yes, there are few traffic jams on Sunday morning, but is that due to people in church, people sleeping off hangovers from a wild Saturday night, or simple apathy?
Wake up and speak plainly, clearly, and speak the truth of the Gospel. Be like Jesus, bold and outspoken. And for Heaven’s sake, do not apologize for doing so.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.