It is a deep grief to my heart to watch and hear many preachers and teachers using the present crisis to deviate from the gospel and give more attention to social issues. They are addressing these problems from a humanistic platform rather than let the gospel answer them.
By the grace of God, this we will not do!
You can be certain that Paul was in the same environment and under much pressure to give into cultural shifts and pressures. His commitment to the gospel and Word of God was unwavering! Though he addresses this issue in many of his letters, ponder these bold statements:
“For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ” (2 Corinthians 2:17). “We have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God” (4:1–2).
If we put Paul’s words in present day vernacular, we would say that he had no hidden agenda. Not only are the words of God’s pure (Psalm 19:8), but the way we handle them must also be pure. NEVER think that we must add something to Scripture to make it more powerful or acceptable.
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