Proclaiming the unadulterated truth of the gospel is not reserved just for pastors and Chrislebrities. Some have reached that status because God allowed it, but it shows us people’s tendency to put flawed people on a pedestal and when they realize they too are human, they end up disappointed when their perception does not match reality. Jesus is to be the center of attention, not the witness. God specializes in using faulty equipment to show us that only He has the power (dunamis) to make something work despite our expectations (1 Corinthians 1:27).
When dealing with a skeptic, have you heard them cry circular reasoning on you? Pause and think about the true origin of the statement. It is with every intent to deny power (dunamis) released from the Word. If you are prompted to quote Scriptures to someone, do not allow yourself to be intimidated. We already paraphrase most of the time when we talk to people, but of course making sure to keep the meat of the message intact. When we say “Jesus Saves,” it is a super short version of John 3:16-17 and Acts 16:31 with truth intact. One can choose to believe the statement or reject it. Hopefully, the person will choose to find out the truth of the matter. Let’s not forget, there is power (dunamis) in the name when invoked with the right motive.
“If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.“
1 Peter 4:11
There is power in The Word. Don’t let modern-day academia with post-modern thinking convince you otherwise. After all, what makes their uncertainty superior to your conviction when the same folks easily accept every perception, preference and philosophy with the exception of Christianity? Aren’t they already guilty of being exclusive in your exclusion?
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.“
2 Corinthians 10:3-6
I only post once a day, so as a non sequitur (way way back, an acquaintance once told me I employ this a lot- I somewhat agree yet disagree), aren’t you tired of all the silver and smoke screens? There’s enough drama in real life to have to see it in fiction form (laced with propaganda) portrayed by overpaid individuals, whose dirty laundry serve as smoke screens to cover up the direness of exposing a deeper problem – normalizing hatred within the high ranks of government.
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