rules for a preacher circa 1888, rule 8

Be ashamed of nothing but sin.

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…Romans 1:16

As a pastor this question will invariably run through your head, “What if someone leaves the photochurch because of something I said?”  “What if I offend someone?”  Jesus told the religious elite of his day that they were not honoring their farther and mother and it is what they do and say that makes them clean or unclean.  It was an offensive thing to say, in fact the disciples even said, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?” (Matthew 15:12)  Of course Jesus knew he was offending people, the truth offends.

I just watched Dr. Ben Carson give the keynote address at the national prayer breakfast.  I think one of the most important things that he said, is that it is dangerous to be politically correct.  His point is that we are voluntarily censoring ourselves and in so doing, watching free speech fade away as a distant memory.  As pastors, this rule offered from 1888 gives timeless wisdom.  The Gospel is offensive, we don’t want to take away that offense, but we also don’t need to add to it.

May you speak boldly in whatever forum God has given you

May you speak the truth, regardless of who is in the audience

May you let the Gospel speak for itself

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