PLAIN WORDS & MODERN “CHRISTIANITY”

 

Many “Christians” today have great difficulty in discerning between what they “perceive” to be  hard”, "harsh, unloving, harmful, or destructive words; and plain words that are used to warn, admonish, reprove, and rebuke (all acceptable Scriptural methods of dealing with people - when they refuse to receive instruction or warnings). Christians are not supposed to engage in “good words” or “fair speeches” [Romans 16-18; Jude 1:16] - Look up the “words” warn, admonish, reprove, and rebuke in a Concordance or Swordsearcher (not a Lexicon). These are perfectly acceptable ways of dealing with naysayers, gnatstrainers, and gainsayerstroublemakers all. [Galatians 1:7; Galatians 5:12; 2Thessalonians 1:6]

 

There is a time and place (under certain circumstances) to meekly instruct: ["those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;" - 2Timothy 2:24-26] and there is a time and place (under certain circumstances) to: ["rebuke with all authority" - Titus 2:15]; or to ["rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith" - Titus 1:13].

 

What will it be? The way in which we are to respond to people (lost & saved) is dependent on their speech & conduct. According to the Holy Scriptures, there is not a “one response fits all solution” when it comes to dealing with people (lost or saved) - it’s called spiritual discernment.

 

1 Corinthians 4:21 What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?

 

What are we to do - when someone, who “professes” to be a fellow brother or sister in Christ, continually asks “questions”, “questions”, “QUESTIONS”? And when they constantly call into “QUESTION” the veracity or truthfulness of statements made by other Christians?   

 

1 Timothy 1:4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.

 

1 Timothy 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,

 

2 Timothy 2:23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.

 

Titus 3:9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.

 

What are we to do when someone, who “professes” to be a fellow brother or sister in Christ, continually provokes another brother or sister in Christ?

 

Luke 11:53 And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things:

 

Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

 

What are we to do when someone, who “professes” to be a fellow brother (or sister) in Christ, refuses to receive instruction, and continually hinders and obstructs those who are seeking to edify the brethren?

 

Proverbs 15:32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.

 

What are we to do when someone, who “professes” to be a fellow brother or sister in Christ, ridicules or calls another brother or sister in Christ names? {And I’m not talking about “calling a spade a spade” - i.e. plain speech} Saying that someone is a HUMANIST or a SOPHIST is not calling someone “names” – not IF “the shoe fits”!

 

There is a time and place (under certain circumstances) to be gentle and meek with all men [“To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.” - Titus 3:2] and there is a time and place (under certain circumstances) to: ["Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine." - 2 Timothy 4:2]

 

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

 

Christians are supposed to know: “how ye ought to answer every man.” Some people may not "like" or “agree” with the Scriptural way of dealing with False Teachers, Heretics, or “Christian” troublemakers, but nonetheless, we (as Bible believers) are under an obligation to follow and obey the Holy Scriptures - NOT the Humanistic way of modern day Psychiatry and Psychology.

 

[Psalms 33:4 For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.]

 

Christians are supposed to have “the mind of Christ”; we are supposed to “judge righteous judgment”; we are supposed to have “spiritual discernment” in these matters.

 

Are we, as Bible believers, to AVOIDfoolish and unlearned questions”? Or are we to continue participating in endless “debates” in order to be “fair-minded”? 

 

[2 Timothy 2:23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.]

 

Are we, as Bible believers, to SHUNprofane and vain babblings”? Or are we supposed to continually pursue “impartial discussions” for the sake of appearing to be even-handed?

 

 [2 Timothy 2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.]

 

Are we, as Bible believers, to WITHDRAW ourselves from “men {and women} of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth”? Are we to continually CONSENT to unwholesome words; false doctrines; and perverse disputings of men (or women) without any end? Are we to be constantly doting about questions and strifes of words; and always willing to “argue and dispute” - without profit?

[1 Timothy 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.]

 

Are we, as Bible believers, to MARK & AVOIDthem which cause divisions and offences”? Or are we to continue to engage them in “dialogue” in order to try to “reach” them?

 

[Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.]

 

Whether modern day “Christians” like it or not – there are those people (lost & saved) who are "Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." [2 Timothy 3:7]; and unless God gets a hold of their hearts, minds, and consciences, there is nothing we can do or say that will change them.

 

The trouble today is not so much with “plain speech”, as it is with our Humanistic "Politically Correct" (PC) culture and society. What is considered by many modern-day “Christians” as "crude" and "offensive" language can, and has been, used by God to warn, admonish, reprove, and rebuke - as witness the Apostle Paul and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

THE APOSTLE PAUL:

 

2 Corinthians 11:6 But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.

Galatians 5:12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you.

Titus 3:10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject.

 

1 Timothy 1:18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;
19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:
20 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.

1 Timothy 6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

1 Timothy
6:20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:
21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.

2 Timothy
2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness .
17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;
18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

2 Timothy
2:23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.

2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

2 Timothy
4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.
11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.
12 And Tychicus have I sent to
Ephesus.
13 The cloke that I left at
Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.
14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works:
15 Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words.

Titus
1:10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.
12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

 

The Apostle Paul named names; criticized the brethren; warned; admonished; reproved; and even REBUKED when the circumstances called for it! Imagine - the Apostle Paul even agreed with a Cretian "prophet" and dared to call the Cretians "liars", "evil beasts", and "slow bellies". {It must have been TRUE for Paul to have said it. Imagine if I said that about a particular group of people now; or if I said something as “crude” and “offensive” about certain brethren today!}

 

I won't cite Peter, or James, or John (the Apostle of "Love") where they did the same. But how about the Lord Jesus Christ's "dressing down" the Pharisees?


Matthew 23:13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!
17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?
18 And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty.
19 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?
20 Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon.
21 And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein.
22 And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.
23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,
30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

Mark 7:6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

Luke 12:56 Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?

Matthew 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

Matthew 23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

 

The above citations are just a few of many where the Lord Jesus Christ didn’t hesitate to “pull any punches” or “call a spade a spade”. He didn’t “MINCE” His words when it came to the “religious leaders”, “hypocrites”, and “FALSE TEACHERS” of His time; my question for today’s Christians is: If none of the Apostles or the Lord Jesus Christ ever hesitated to name names, or criticize the religious leaders of their day – WHY are those of us who “speak plainly” today, and who “call a spade a spade” condemned by most modern-day “Christians”?  

 

You see, the problem is not so much “plain speech”, as it is the "Political Correctness" (PC) that is so prevalent throughout most of our society today; (mainly through the infiltration of corrupt Humanistic Psychiatry and Psychology) and which has "seeped" into the churches. Most people in our society (and churches) no longer can abide "plain talk"! They want to be "stroked"; they wan to be "coddled" and have their ears "tickled".

 

{They want to be treated like they treat their "spoiled" children.}

 
People (lost & saved) no longer want to hear the truth; they want all of us to be "nice" - like them; they want us to be "sweet" - like them; they want "unity" and "love" – before truth and obedience. If modern-day Christians think that some of the things that some of us say are “hard”, “harsh” and "offensive", wait until they get before a Holy and Sinless God!

 

[Romans 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.]

 

Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?” - Galatians 4:16

 

The following verses are true and are to be observed; however, as the Apostle Paul and the Lord demonstrated, there are times and places (under certain circumstances) where these verses are not always “applicable”. The “one response - fits all solution” is the “response” of either a lazy Christian, or a Christian who willingly chooses to ignore the Holy Scriptures in order to do “that which is right in their own eyes”.

 

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

 

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

 

1 Thessalonians 2:7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:
8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.

2 Timothy 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.
24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

 

Titus 3:1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,

Titus 3:2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.

 

Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

 

How do we Christians “square” the verses just cited with those verses I cited before? It’s quite simple really: It’s a matter of knowing the Scriptures; understanding and discerning spiritual matters; and having the wisdom to act accordingly.

 

Matthew 22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

 

Mark 12:24 And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?

 

 

If you are familiar with the Gospels, you will notice that the Lord Jesus Christ treated those who fell into "carnal" sins, i.e. sins of the flesh, quite differently ("go and sin no more" - John 8:11), than those people (the Pharisees, Sadducees, Scribes and “Religious Leaders”) who were guilty of “spiritualsins. The Lord demonstrated that He was far more concerned with the LEAVEN, i.e. FALSE DOCTRINE [Matthew 16:11-12] of the “religious leaders of His day, than He was with the sins of the flesh (i.e. “carnalsins) that bedevil all of us from time to time.

Matthew 16:6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

With all of the warnings (given to us) in the Scriptures - about false doctrines; false teachers; and those who would seek to deceive or divide the brethren, it is necessary to use plain speech that is easily understood (even if it is not always readily received). Again it depends on who is being addressed and the circumstance, and obviously, it doesn't give us an excuse to abuse it.
{1 Timothy 4:1-3; 2 Timothy 3:1-9. 13; 2 timothy 4:1-4; 2 Peter 2:1-22; the whole Book of Jude}

 

Brethren we are living in the “latter times”; [1 Timothy 4:1-3; 2 Timothy 3:1-9; 2 Timothy 4:1-4; 2 Peter 3:3; Jude 1:1-25] and we are engaged in a spiritual war. Let us seek to continue to stand by each other (side by side), upholding one another in prayer. And let us equip ourselves with all of the “Armour of God” and (come what may) “having done all”, let us continue to stand – “STAND FAST”!

 

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

 

1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.