Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Peace or Sword?

Church was never meant to be fun or entertaining. Not on Holidays, not on special occasions . . . Church should be almost painfully poignant. Paul didn't write to the churches saying "Everything's hunkydory;" he wrote in brutal honesty. The truth is rarely inoffensive, and it weeds out the phonies. If it's offensive, let it be offensive. We should invite unbelievers lovingly, but we shouldn't water down the Word of God so as to appease them. 

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn
‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’
Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it."
Matthew 10:34-39

"Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry."
2 Timothy 4:2-6

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