“P.C.”  “Preach Christ” or “Political Correctness?

October 6, 2016

 

Dr. Ben Carson, neurosurgeon and previous contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination said, “It's time for people (Preachers too! –Dr. John) to stand up and proclaim for what they believe and stop being bullied. The problem is, they have been beaten into submission by the P.C. (Politically Correct) police, and are afraid to speak up for what they believe.” “Political correctness is imposed by the secular progressives and those who wish to fundamentally change our society…”

 

The Bible says, “To whom can I speak and give warning? Who will listen to me? Their ears are closed so they cannot hear. The word of the Lord is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it” (Jeremiah 6:10 (New International Version).

 

“The average college student in the last fifty years has been brainwashed to accept the notions that truth is relative, absolutism is therefore wrong, and that the only real virtue is openness and tolerance.” (Professor Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind) Intolerance, therefore, is the ultimate and only sin.

 

Is the  Bible Politically Correct an should preachers back off from anything that might offend?

 

Stephen was not concerned with Politically Correctness when he said in his sermon to the Jewish leaders: “You stubborn people! You are heathen at heart and deaf to the truth. Must you forever resist the Holy Spirit? That’s what your ancestors did, and so do you!  Name one prophet your ancestors didn’t persecute! They even killed the ones who predicted the coming of the Righteous One—the Messiah whom you betrayed and murdered. You deliberately disobeyed God’s law, even though you received it from the hands of angels.  The Jews and religious leaders listened to Stephen. Then they became angry and began to grind their teeth at him.” (Acts 7:51-54-The New Living Translation).

 

The Apostle Peter was  not concerned with Politically Correctness when he wrote: “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.  By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber” (2 Peter 2:1-3).

 

The Apostle Paul was not concerned with Politically Correctness when he wrote: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.  For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them.  For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind…” (Romans 1:18-28)-New American Standard Bible).

 

Jesus was not concerned with Political Correctness when he said to the religious leaders, “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs—beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people’s bones and all sorts of impurity. Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness. What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you build tombs for the prophets your ancestors killed, and you decorate the monuments of the godly people your ancestors destroyed. Then you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would never have joined them in killing the prophets.’ But in saying that, you testify against yourselves that you are indeed the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. Go ahead and finish what your ancestors started” (Matthew 23-28-32-The New Living Translation).

 

Just take a look at the “Meek and mild” Jesus: “Jesus went straight to the Temple and threw out everyone who had set up shop, buying and selling. He kicked over the tables of loan sharks and the stalls of dove merchants. He quoted this text: My house was designated a house of prayer;  you have made it a hangout for thieves” (Matthew 21:12-14-The Message). Certainly not Politically Correct!

 

PREACHER, HERE'S WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS TO US!

 

“I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;  and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry” (2 Timothy 4:1-5).

 

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