“They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” -Luke 5:31-32
Most recently, we had a caller call in to the radio show to pick apart a fellow soldier of the cross in whom we have had as a guest several times (2 Timothy 2:3-5).
The caller questioned the credibility of this brother for being in places that were dark, worldly, and filled with idolatry. He is known for confronting a defying tyrant at every given step (Romans 12:21).
And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. -Matthew 10:18
No sooner did this lack of scriptural understanding come out of this caller’s mouth when I said that we are accused of the same things that you are accusing and questioning concerning this particular individual (Matthew 5:10-13).
We are lied about, mocked, scoffed, and persecuted; and in all of this, for preaching in places that are filled with sinners.
“Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” -Luke 14:23
Guess what friends, that is where we are supposed to be! We are not called to go to Mexico to teach them Spanish, are we? How much sense does that make?
“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” -Luke 19:10
“They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:31-32
In conclusion: Let me take you to where Paul, the man that wrote 2/3 of the New Testament, preached and premise this where it ought to be, on the Word of God.
“Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.
Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him.
Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection.
And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is?
For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean.
(For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)
Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.
For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.
And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.” -Acts 17:16:31
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