Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Titus 1-3~ Day 92~Rebuke them sharply? 😳

So, in his letter to the Galatians, Paul tells them, "Brothers if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently." (6:1)

To the Ephesians he says, "Speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him.." (4:15)

To the Thessalonians he says "Brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the faint hearted, help the weak, be patient with them all." (5:14)

Paul sounds so gentle, loving and patient in how he deals with people!!  So, it really stood out in stark contrast to me when I read that the rebellious people, "must be silenced because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach.....therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith." (1:11 & 13)

Doesn't that seem out of character for Paul?  That doesn't sound too gentle!! The more I think about it though, the more I think, yes, that is exactly what Paul would say! Especially in light of 1 & 2 Timothy, where he repeated several times the importance of having "sound doctrine".

It's like Paul is saying, "When dealing with peoples faults or failings in their own life, have compassion, extend mercy and exercise charity.  But, don't mess with the words of Jesus!!  No way!! No charity there!  Do not beat around the bush or tip toe around their feelings! Correct them immediately before they influence others."
Paul is right in line here with what he told the Galatians and the Corinthians.  "A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough" (Gal. 5:9 & 1 Cor. 5:6)  Get rid of it!!

I think some churches today need to take a fresh look at Paul's words.  Don't be timid with false teaching! Stop dancing around it! Stand up to it! Rebuttal it!  Get rid of it!!  

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