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Preach truth

Updated on August 21, 2016

How often do we hear someone say, “Don't judge me”, or “Only God can judge me”?
How are we to minister to the lost if we do not let them know that how they are living goes against God?

We all need salvation and salvation comes from God. This is true. But if a person does not see that how they are living (living without God) then why would they listen to us?

The truth is, we do not judge. Well now you may be confused. When we minister to someone or Evangelize, we are not judging them as a person. What we are doing is using the Word of God to speak to them, so His word is judging, per se.

It is Gods word that convicts, it is not us.

For example: When we speak to someone who is gay, and we use Gods word, then it is His word that is telling them that their chosen lifestyle is wrong. We are not speaking something from our own judgment or opinion...we are speaking the Word of God.

The same goes for stealing, we tell someone that stealing is wrong, it does not come from us, it comes from the bible--the Word of God. Therefore, it is not us judging, it is God. We are merely used to bring Gods word to them.

Many times I have had the conversation about homosexuality and abortion with the same person. When we speak about homosexuality she tells me that it is not our business what goes on in an others bedroom. To me that is not a compassionate statement but a very cold hearted one. That statement tells me that she does not care if gay people go to hell.

The same goes for abortion since abortion IS MURDER.

A common sin (That is not to say one is worse than another) is people in sexual relationships without being married. “It isn't anyone's business what goes on in their bedroom” is what I was told. Again, how cold are you that you do not care about their salvation? I am not judging, I am asking. Is your heart of stone or flesh? When God comes into our lives He takes out our heart of stone and gives us a heart of flesh. Are you sanctified? Do you love so much you desire other people to come to Christ and experience the same love?

Ezekiel 36:22-26

22 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, thus saith the Lord God; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.

23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, saith the Lord God, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.

24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.

25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.

26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

We are to speak the truth, show them that it is sin. This does not mean we are putting ourselves above them. I would want to be told if what I am doing is sin. It is caring about one another. That is true love, Godly love.

As Christians it is our duty to speak truth to all mankind, truth in love. We are to be the beacon of light and hope to the lost, to the ones who live in darkness. How can they come to Christ if we do not preach the truth to the lost?

Mark 16:15-16

15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Truth sets people free. When we speak truth to another, the setting free is a two way street. We are set free because we spoke the truth to one who is lost, then if the one who is lost accepts the truth, then he/she is set free...freedom in Christ.
However, if the person refuses the truth, then we are to brush the dusty off our feet and mnove on. Let them be, but continue to pray for them.

Matthew 10:11-15
11 And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.

12 And when ye come into an house, salute it.

13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.

14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.

15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

John 8:32

32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

We can evangelize to the lost, we can speak the truth to them. We are not to fear, for He is with us.

Isaiah 41:10

10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.



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    • thomasczech profile image

      thomasczech 15 months ago from Canada

      You are correct. This is why I mention Love. To preach in Love. Jesus spoke to us and still does in love, He speaks truth, never wavering from it and He does so in Love. When He overturned tables and freed the birds and tossed the money onto the ground, He did this because of His love. So there is balance in how we are to speak and how we are to treat people. We are to love others, and to speak to others in a loving manner, but there are times when we are to be very firm. I don't like preaching in a hard fisted manner, I have seen many people hurt by that. But to be firm, and truthful is also needed at times.

      Thanks for your comment.

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well done. You lay out your position very well. It always fascinates me, this duty to warn of hell and damnation for others who sin. Clearly one can back it up with scripture and one can find scripture outlining the sin. How sad that my neighbor should live in sin, if I can prevent or make repentence occur.

      But equally sad this notion of chastising rather than attraction. I get it. But it just does not work. So if I really go after the unrepentant sinner with hardcore scripture and hell fire, what have I gained? Nothing. But if I attract and show righteousness in example I likely will win the soul. The biggest blessing in the world is when one comes up to me and asks "why are you and your family so loving and happy, even though you face hardship and severe illness?" Here are converts and repenters. But I have never ever seen on converted due to fear. Sorry I just never have.

      So are we compelled to be brutal and cruel in our honesty about scripture and the Lord? And fail. Or are we to lead the lost sheep by our own lives and be victorious?

      Great stuff to meditate and study about.