In an age of relativism the roar of the crowd is to tame God’s Word. Two traps await Christians in this hostile environment.
2 Timothy 3:16,17—All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
Trap #1—diluting the truth so as not to offend the listener. This is a dangerous undertaking for immediately we assume to know more than the Holy Spirit. There is no shame or need to compromise the sacred message that Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Life and that no one comes to the Father except through Him. We believe in absolutes. Billy Graham shares a bit of insight. If a doctor says, “You must take this medication to arrest this disease, for it is the cure,” do we reply, “Oh, doctor, you are so narrow-minded, any drug will do so long as I sincerely believe.” Of course not! What book addresses the disease of sin? What book offers the only cure? Beware of tampering with God’s truth. Preach the word with courage to all who will listen. We are not peddling brewer’s yeast. We are offering the greatest news ever printed.
Trap #2—Swinging the Bible as a club. Share the Scripture but not in an arrogant, condemning, self-justifying, or “know-it-all” fashion. When I remember Jesus died for me, a sinner, I remember to approach those who do not know Him with humility and sensitivity. The joy of preaching is found in faithfully sharing from the Bible and then watching the Holy Spirit go to work!
Our responsibility is not to change people; our responsibility is to be faithful to God’s Word. So with courage share truth and see what blessings God delivers through you!
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)