November 14, 2010
Aggressively Teaching The Truth
God’s way is always the best way, and it is always the right
way. It leads to acceptance with God and is for the good of
mankind. God is never wrong, even when people doubt that the
outcome will be what they desire, they should believe and obey
God and move ahead.
I hope that the people who attended the Erhardt-Jenkins Debate on October 7th, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky learned one very important fact: truth must be taught, error must be refuted, and the faith must be defended! God says so and that settles the matter. God is right.
The people of God should not wait till they are attacked
before they “fight the good fight of the faith.” (1 Timothy 6: 12)
Timidity and compromise will not save souls. It will not
cause people to rethink their traditional religious beliefs. It will
not motivate people to leave false man-made religion. It will
not help them see the light.
We should resolve to re-emphasize the simple truths that
have brought us where we are in the religious world. I am
convinced that one of the reasons so many people obeyed the
gospel a few decades ago is, they were motivated to leave error
by plain bible preaching and they saw the distinction between
denominationalism and the pure way of God. They heard
sermons on the one true church, true worship, instrumental music in worship, the necessity of immersion, the nature and work of the Holy Spirit, human names in religion, the need for authority in religion, the all-sufficiency of the word of God, the all-sufficiency of the local congregation, the work of the local congregation, salvation by grace through faith, etc.
Not only were those subjects (and many more) preached, but
they were believed from the very depths of the heart. They were
taught with passion. The clear line between truth and error was
drawn and no apology was made for the fact that God’s truth is
plain. Nowadays some of the Lord’s own children are softer
than Charmin toilet paper, sweeter than cane sugar, and more
apologetic than a child caught with his hand in the cookie jar.
Where are the men of faith? Where are God’s warriors? Where
are the Christians who are willing to stand beside the men who
study hard and devote their lives to the defense of the gospel?
Where are the people who aggressively teach the truth in a kind
and distinctive way?
Read the following scriptures (Acts 17: 1-4; Acts 18:24-28;
1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; Jude 3). Now ask yourself
the following questions: am I as bold in the presentation of
the truth as God wants me to be? Am I one of those who wants
the church to grow but I am unwilling to plainly denounce
false religion and positively teach the truth for God’s glory?
May we become more aggressive so that the people around us
will know that we are serious about what we believe.