Offended Friends & Embarrassed Family
©2011 Stan Hallett
I have occasionally considered quitting Facebook (I did once before). I happened to mention this to a family member recently to which they replied; “Great, I won’t have to read your posts anymore”.
When I asked why they had made such a statement they told me that they did not agree with my telling people that they were doctrinally wrong when if came to what they believed about salvation.
They went on to say that they felt that I would no win anyone that way and that it is better just to be an example to people, and that people would become interested because how they see me live my life. That’s not word for word, but pretty close.
So how should we as Christians live? Should we just be a quite example so that we don’t offend people and embarrass family? I was asked how that was working for me? Had I won anyone by this method? The answer is, yes I have actually. We need to speak the truth in love. We need to preach the Gospel. The Word of God is clear that one may plant, another may water, but it’s God that gives the increase. We may not always see the fruit, we still have to labor.
I guess I would like to ask the question back; How many have you won by just being a quiet example? No answer is required, I already know.
The world in general, many of our unsaved friends and family and others would like us to; “Just be a quiet example.” . . . “Don’t profess something contrary to what I believe” . . . “Don’t embarrass me!”
Did John the baptist live a quiet example? Did Jesus just live a quiet example? Did the Apostle Paul just live a quite example? Did the early Church just live a quiet example? No!
I am not mean to people. I do not call people names. I don’t even like to debate. We don’t need to defend the gospel, but we are to contend for the gospel.
So I will continue to preach the truth, the gospel to anyone that will listen. If someone believes a false gospel and is not saved, I’m going to tell them, and use Bible to back up every word I say.
Listen, it would be easier for me to just go along with the program and itch their ears and tell them how wonderful they are and agree with their false salvation doctrine. Think of the friends I could have! Everyone world be happy!
So what on earth would motivate me to do something that many find offensive or embarrassing? Simple! I have a heart for souls and want to see people saved, regardless of what they think of me.
Listen my friends, the Bible does not contradict the Bible. All of the Word of God is in agreement. If you find something in the word of God that you think contradicts another scripture, then you do not understand the scripture.
Jesus said; “Except an man be born or the water and of the Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.
The Bible says that baptism saves us!
The Bible says that everyone was baptized in Jesus’ name, not in the titles of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. They obeyed the command and didn’t just repeat it. If you think that just semantics we need to talk!
If I wrote you a check and signed it father, son and husband do you think that you could cash it? Those are just titles and not my name. Jesus said baptize in the NAME (singular) of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Look at every account in the book of Acts. The Apostles knew what that name was. Jesus!
The Bible says that they Gospel must be obeyed or face the judgement. That would contradict this false gospel that says that our obedience is a work. Obedience is not a work!
What is the gospel? Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
1 ¶ Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
Thats the gospel, the good news, that Jesus died for our sins, was buried and rose again on the third day. 2 Thessalonians 1:8 says that we will face a terrible judgement if we do not obey the gospel.
Question: How do we obey what appears to be a historical event? Ahh, I’m glad I asked that question! Repentance (death to ourselves), Baptized in His Name, which is to be buried with Him, then God promises to fill us with His Spirit (Acts 2:38). It is this same Spirit that raised up Jesus on the third day and will likewise raise us up when He returns to take up His Church.
Death, Burial, Resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) = Repentance, Baptism, Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38) = Blood, Water, Spirit (1 John 5:8), which agrees as one as in “One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism” (Ephesians 4:5). One Salvation, Hallelujah! Come on friends. Check it out! Stop believing the lie! I don’t mean to be offensive, I’m just telling you the truth!