When we lived in Oregon, there was this one time when I taught from the book of Acts, chapter seven about Stephan, the Church’s first martyr. Nearly the entire adult Sunday school class was ready to lynch me because I said that Stephen didn’t back down but contended for the faith. “No,” they were saying, “Christians are to seek peace.”
Sometimes we find ourselves in similarly tricky situations when we are talking to people that are twisting the Bible to align with their world-view instead of the truth that the Bible plainly states. Apostle Paul had a similar problem.
But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having persuaded the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. (Acts 14:19)
It’s surreal, but there are people that become unhinged when confronted with Biblical truths. When this happens, I feel the way the good folks in Oregon felt. I want to “fix it” but there is nothing for me to fix. Especially during the times we live in, we must remain strong and be bold for the Gospel of Jesus. – For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” (Romans 1:17)
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