Speaking where the bible speaks, and silent where the bible is silent.

How often do people have an opinion contrary to the Word of God, and much too often this is their reply: “I don’t think much of that Scripture.” What an appalling thing to say about God’s inspired Word! “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim 3:16,17).

They want to know about baptism, but when Acts 22:16 is read, they don’t accept it. Ananias told Saul, “And now why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” They don’t think much of that Scripture because it says sins are washed away in baptism.

They want to know about the music God put in the church. Paul told the Ephesians, “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Eph. 5:19). They want to use mechanical instruments of music, so they don’t think much of that Scripture.

They want to know about baptizing babies. However, when you quote Mark 16:16 (“He that believes and is baptized shall be saved”), they don’t think much of that Scripture. It prohibits baptizing babies because they have no capacity to believe.

They want to know about falling from grace. They don’t believe it is possible for a Christian to fall from grace. So, when you quote Galatians 5:4 to them (“Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; you are fallen from grace”), they don’t think much of that passage.

It is often the same with some church members. They want to know about attendance at the worship, “Do I have to be there in attendance?” We quote to them Hebrews 10:25: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching.” But, they don’t think much of that Scripture.

Much too often Christians will marry into adultery. Faithful preachers will quote to them Matthew 19:9, “And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery”. But, they don’t think much of that Scripture.

There are a lot of well versed women who are capable of leading preaching, and teaching in a public forum. A courageous preacher will quote to them 1 Cor 14:34,35, “ Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says. And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church”. But, they don’t think much of that Scripture.

All any Christian is obligated to do is to quote you the scripture regarding the biblical subject at hand (1 Pet 3:15 f; Ezek 33:7-9). My responsibility is to give the scriptural answers and not my personal opinions (1 Cor 2:4). It is the responsibility of the questioner to accept and obey what God’s word says. Why? Because we shall all be judged by the Word of God (Jn 12:48). I wonder if they think much of that scripture?

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