Monday, January 11, 2016

Boldly Speak Truth

"The Bible tells us to, boldly and humbly, and without fear or shame, proclaim the Word of Truth. The unchanging Word of God always overrules anything any man has ever said which contradicts it – no matter how brilliant it may sound. As 1 Peter 1:24-25 says, all men are like grass and their glory is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and flowers fade…but the Word of the Lord endures forever. Every book we read, every sermon we hear, and every piece of advice we both give and receive must line up clearly and perfectly with the everlasting Word of God." (from a blog I read recently but I'm not sure who the author is)

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Sometimes Conflict is Necessary

From The Jesus You Can't Ignore by John MacArthur:

"Not every issue on which we might hold strong opinions and disagree is of primary importance. ...Anyone who is prepared to pick a fight over every minor difference of opinion is spiritually immature, sinfully belligerent - or worse. Scripture includes this clear command: "If it is possible, as much as depends onyou, live peaceably with all men" (Romans 12:18).

But sometimes - especially when a vitally important biblical truth is under assault; when the souls of people are at stake; or (above all) when the gospel message is being mangled by false teachers - sometimes, it is simply wrong to let a contrary opinion be aired without any challenge or correction.  One of the worst things a believer can do is show a kind of feigned academic respect or artificial cordiality to the purveyors of serious, soul-destroying error (Psalm 129:4-8; 1 Corinthians 16:22). The notion that an amiable conversation is always superior to open conflict is quite contrary to the example Christ Himself has given us."