We live in a world that has developed the attitude of ‘go-along’ to ‘Get-along’. Many are either afraid to speak out or don’t care enough to take a stand. Some may wonder why members of the church of Christ even bother to speak out on moral issues and other problems in our society. The truth is, we not only have authority from God to take a stand for what is right (God’s word is the only true standard for right and wrong), but we are commanded to do so.
This principle is taught in the book of Ezekiel in chapter 3, verses 17-19.
“Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.”
Paul wrote in Acts 20:20, 26-27
“And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house,… Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.”
About the verses from Acts 20, Bob Winton writes:
“Paul would have been negligent if he had failed to tell the brethren the whole truth. Today, a preacher who will refuse to preach some Bible truths is, by those omissions, a false teacher. If one believes the gospel, he will preach it in its entirety. If he condones drinking, gambling, immodest dress, profanity, etc., he is allowing precious souls to rush headlong into perdition without warning. (to be continued)