We Have No Right? – Part 3

Christians not only have a right but an obligation to stand up for truth and speak out against error

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.  (2 Tim. 4:2-4)

“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” (Jude 3)

“But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.” (Eph. 4:15)

“He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” (Jn. 12:48)

Please consider the following passage from 1 Cor. 6:9-11:

“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”

“Some of the Corinthian saints had formerly been guilty of these very sins. Their conversion to Christ removed from them the guilt and the practice of these horrible spiritual crimes…They were washed when they were baptized (immersed) in water for the remission of sins, at which point they contacted the blood of Christ (Matt. 26:28; Rev. 1:5; Heb. 9:22,12; 1 Pet. 1:18-25; Acts 10:47-48; 22:16; 2:38; Rom. 6:3-4; Gal. 3:26-27; cf. John 3:5). To learn what Paul meant by washed, we need only to look at what he did in being saved: “And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16)… They were sanctified in this same operation. Sanctify means ‘to set apart.’…Being thus set apart from the world, they were able to serve the Lord acceptably….The same process of obeying the gospel resulted in their justification.  To be justified is to be considered to be utterly free from any wrong-doing.” (Outlined Commentary on 1 Corinthians, by Bob Winton)

 God wants all to be saved, but in order to do so man must submit to the will of God. We have a God-given duty to teach the truth and to do so because of our love for lost souls.

Leon Brashear

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