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Telling the truth in a hostile world

It’s one thing to have spiritual discussions and even disagreements with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ over theological differences. But when you are talking about spiritual matters with those who do not know Jesus, either by choice or because they’ve simply not heard, we do need to start with where people are.  The problem is, many of us have forgotten what we were like when we, too, were steeped in unbelief.  How can Christians fearlessly and effectively defend their faith, stand for Truth and take the Gospel message to an unbelieving world?

We’re going to talk about that today with our guest, Carl Gallups. Carl is senior pastor of Hickory Hammock Baptist Church inn Florida, and he also a talk show host on the PPSIMMONS ministry he founded on YouTube, a channel that was recently and mysteriously yanked down last week. He has written a book titled The Magic Man in the Sky: Effectively Defending the Christian Faith, released just two days ago.

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4 Responses to “Telling the truth in a hostile world”

  1. Mr Davis #

    David, I feel your pain in this I really do. Thankfully we are not held responsible to convince them. That is the Lord's job thankfully. We confront them in all fear and trembling understanding fully for whom we are speaking and do so with all respect and gravity and we have fulfilled the Holy command. Love one another as I have loved you.

    This from Ezekiel 3

    17 "Son of man, I have appointed you as a watchman for Israel. Whenever you receive a message from me, pass it on to the people immediately. 18 If I warn the wicked, saying, 'You are under the penalty of death,' but you fail to deliver the warning, they will die in their sins. And I will hold you responsible, demanding your blood for theirs. 19 If you warn them and they keep on sinning and refuse to repent, they will die in their sins. But you will have saved your life because you did what you were told to do.

    20 If good people turn bad and don't listen to my warning, they will die. If you did not warn them of the consequences, then they will die in their sins. Their previous good deeds won't help them, and I will hold you responsible, demanding your blood for theirs. 21 But if you warn them and they repent, they will live, and you will have saved your own life, too."

    Ezekiel 33
    2 "Son of man, give your people this message: When I bring an army against a country, the people of that land choose a watchman. 3 When the watchman sees the enemy coming, he blows the alarm to warn the people. 4 Then if those who hear the alarm refuse to take action — well, it is their own fault if they die. 5 They heard the warning but wouldn't listen, so the responsibility is theirs. If they had listened to the warning, they could have saved their lives.
    6 But if the watchman sees the enemy coming and doesn't sound the alarm to warn the people, he is responsible for their deaths. They will die in their sins, but I will hold the watchman accountable.

    7 "Now, son of man, I am making you a watchman for the people of Israel. Therefore, listen to what I say and warn them for me. 8 If I announce that some wicked people are sure to die and you fail to warn them about changing their ways, then they will die in their sins, but I will hold you responsible for their deaths. 9 But if you warn them to repent and they don't repent, they will die in their sins, but you will not be held responsible.

    10 "Son of man, give the people of Israel this message: You are saying, 'Our sins are heavy upon us; we are wasting away! How can we survive?' 11 As surely as I live, says the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of wicked people. I only want them to turn from their wicked ways so they can live. Turn! Turn from your wickedness, O people of Israel! Why should you die?

    There is alot more in these two passages but you get the jist.

    Take care and may God bless you as you are dillegent to pursue His will by the Holy Spirit of Promise

    May 18, 2012 at 4:41 AM
  2. Mr Davis #

    David, this is one of about 3 I know of where direction is given in this matter:

    2 Thessalonians 3
    6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.

    7 For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; 8 Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: 9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. 10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work , neither should he eat . 11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies . 12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work , and eat their own bread. 13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing .

    14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed . 15 Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

    If the one gets ashamed by what he has done that is a good sign. We should be ashamed, we should desire to walk in conformity with God's Holy Word. We should repent and want that relationship restored both with God and our fellow brother. That is why we are to admonish as a brother.

    The implied task here is confronting one another with Scripture.

    Hebrews 3 is written so we may know how to avoid these issues
    12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. 13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;

    So many other things like these are lost today in our fellowships and yet we wonder why the apostasy is here and so prevelant.

    May 18, 2012 at 1:29 AM
  3. David J. Conklin #

    >It's one thing to have spiritual discussions and even disagreements with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ over theological differences.

    How do you handle it when they outright lie about the Bible, or to you about other things, or about you?

    May 17, 2012 at 2:47 AM