Why Must The Church Of Christ Preach/Teach The Truth? – part 2

If he believes in the dangers of such evils, as the Bible teaches, he will warn them. But if he loves his well-paid position in the church more than he loves the truth of God and the souls of men, he will keep quiet. Paul was not like this….Paul affirmed that he was free from the blood of all men. He meant that he had preached the gospel sufficiently wherever he went that he could not be held accountable by God for those remaining in their lost condition (Ezek. 3:17-19; 33:4,7-9; Acts 18:6; Jas. 3:1; 1 Cor. 9:16-17; Acts 20:27). We tend to focus on our great blessings in Christ; we must also remember our heavy obligations which our status as Christians places upon us…In order for Paul to make the statement of the preceding verse, what he says here must be true. He had fully preached the whole counsel of God. He had given the people at Ephesus (and elsewhere) all they needed to know to become Christians and to be faithful to Christ.

He could therefore say correctly, that those who had rejected the gospel had only themselves to blame. As noted earlier, many preachers and teachers in the church today cannot say what Paul declared; they do not preach the whole counsel of God.

If we hold back some principle or command from the knowledge of the brethren or the world, we show no love for them, and we do ourselves great damage. Although many congregations will not stand for the whole counsel of God, it must be preached even though it results in our being ostracized from their society (2 Tim. 4:1-5).”  (Outlined Commentary on Acts, Bob Winton, electronic version)

Why do we preach/teach against the evils or our day? 

1. We love the souls of those lost in sin. 

2. God requires us to teach the truth in all things.  

3. Condemnation will be ours if we fail to preach the truth, the whole truth.

4.  It is our duty and privilege to preach the truth in love.

May God help us in our endeavor to preach the Word to every accountable soul the world over!

Leon Brashear

Braggs church of Christ

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