January 8, 2012

Keep It To Yourself – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

Several months ago a good friend and brother saw that Bill Gates of Microsoft fame, had made public comments depreciating faith in God, along with a number of lame “reasons” for his unbelief.  My brother decided to write a letter to this influential businessman regarding his comments, correcting some of his misconceptions and expressing a more reasonable view. He received a response from the billionaire’s secretary saying, “That’s your belief. Keep it to yourself.”

This popular concept is the Devil’s propaganda. He would love for all Christians to swallow it. He preaches that one must be tolerant of fallacious, disrespectful arguments against faith. The Devil wants you to feel that it is “inappropriate” to defend your faith. Much of society seems to have accepted that we should keep our faith to ourselves.

This attitude has been so effectively propagated that we all need to be reminded how different that view is from the teaching of the New Testament.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,…teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; Matt.28:19-20

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Mark 16:15

And he was reasoning in the synagogue every Sabbath and trying to persuade Jews and Greeks. Acts 18:4

Agrippa replied to Paul, “In a short time you will persuade me to become a Christian.” Acts 26:28

When they had set a day for Paul, they came to him at his lodging in large numbers; and he was explaining to them by solemnly testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerning Jesus, from both the Law of Moses and from the Prophets, from morning until evening. Acts 28:23

Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are made manifest to God; and I hope that we are made manifest also in your consciences. II Cor.5:11

“And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead. Acts 10:42

For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for I am under compulsion; for woe is me if I do not preach the gospel. I Cor. 9:16

… knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the  gospel; Phil. 1:16

preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. II Tim. 4:2

Prescribe and teach these things. I Tim. 4:11

The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. II Tim. 2:2

Yes, we know what the world thinks about trying to influence the religious thinking of others. From all these passages, there can be no doubt that what God thinks of efforts to teach our neighbors the truth is different. Please consider these admonitions in light of one more passage.

“For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a  bond-servant of Christ.” Gal. 1:10


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