A Lawyer can get up and argue his case, dispute the facts, debate the issue.  Confront the witnesses.  But he does not dehumanize those who stand before him.  He does a job which he is called to do.  He tries and persuades the jurors that his argument is more valid than the other guys.  He defiantly does not want to on the wrong side of the judge.

 The lawyer is supposed to stand as a professional, rather than some back street lout.  He has to be seen as a man of integrity and in someone who wants others to believe in.

 Now a Christian can also stand and dispute with others.  He may well debate the facts, confront those who are wicked.  But he also has to be a man on integrity.  When people look to him he has to be the face of the one he represents.  So our actions must be those that best reflect what the Bible teaches.  Now as a Christian we may well indeed argue a point.  But we must be a people who do not dispute from out of a wrong motive..  Truth has to be the highest goal

 

PEOPLE PREACH FOR DIFFERENT REASONS, BUT NOT ALWAYS THE RIGHT REASONS.

 The Apostle Paul knew this and he knew that not all preachers were preaching the gospel out of a right motive.  Paul had made enemies who wanted to embarrass and undermine his credibility.

 Some preached to show off.

Some preached out of anger.

Some preaches because they thought it would offend Paul.

Some preached because they were jealous of Paul who was now in prison.

Some preached because they were rightly motivated to see souls saved.

 Phil 1: 15-17 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.

 The word STRIFE:  means to quarrel,” Especially “rivalry, contention, wrangling,” as in the church in Corinth, 1Cr 1:11, is translated “contentions” in Titus 3:9

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

 1 Cor 1: 11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them [which are of the house] of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.

 This idea of striving carries with it the idea of an argumentative person.  They enjoy arguing for the sake of arguing.  They will seek out some weakness, a fault or something in which they can use to throw at a person.   The Corinthian church was a natural hot bed of such wrangling and arguments.  In fact things were so bad that people were finding fault just to take each other to public court.  It carries this idea of argument for argument sake.  It has the idea that someone deliberately goes looking to find something.

 While others

 GOOD WILL: 1) will, choice a) good will, kindly intent, benevolence   2) delight, pleasure, satisfaction  3) desire  a) for delight in any absent thing easily produces longing for it

 While others are motivated out of love for the lost.  They desire only the highest good in another person.  Their whole object is to see a person saved and reconciled to God.  In this regard what comes out is not look at me, or even to draw people after themselves.  But always to look here is Jesus follow him.

  Let’s look deeper into what the word CONTENTION MEANS:

 The word “Contention” here (Phil 1: 15-17 preach Christ of contention)

 The idea behind this is someone who is trying to build himself a reputation.  It is the putting of oneself forward. This is someone with a partisan and fractious spirit who will naturally have a disdain for others.   People will always be seen as being beneath them.

 b) partisanship, fractiousness

This same word was “found before NT times only in Aristot., Polit. 5, 3 p. 1302b, 4; 1303a, 14, where it denotes a self-seeking pursuit of political office by unfair means” (BDAG).

Paul exhorts the church to be one in the mind of Christ not putting self forward or being selfish (Phl 2:3). Jam 3:14 speaks against having selfishness or self-promoting in your heart. (Wayne Steury)

Websters dictionary says

 CONTENTION, n. [L. See Contend.]

 1. Strife; struggle; a violent effort to obtain something, or to resist a person, claim or injury; contest; quarrel.

 Multitudes lost their lives in a tumult raised by contention among the partizans of the several colors.

 2. Strife in words or debate; quarrel; angry contest; controversy.

 Avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law. Titus 3.

 A  fools lips enter into contention. Prov 18.

 3. Strife or endeavor to excel; emulation.

 4. Eagerness; zeal; ardor; vehemence of endeavor.

 This is an end worthy of our utmost contention to obtain.

  The idea behind this is a quarrelsome person who goes out of the way just to quarrel for the sake of quarrelling.  They have no desire to see people saved.  They have their own agenda and Jesus is simply a means to an end.  They want to win by any means possible.  They want to elevate themselves as being some big preacher at the expense of others.

  It is interesting that strife is one of the fruits of the flesh.

 Gal 5: 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife2052, seditions, heresies,

 Phil 2: 3 [Let] nothing [be done] through strife2052 or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

 James 3: 14-16 But if ye have bitter envying and strife2052 in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.   For where envying and strife2052 [is], there [is] confusion and every evil work.

 VINE puts this way:

Faction, Factious:

denotes “ambition, self-seeking, rivalry,” self-will being an underlying idea in the word; hence it denotes “party-making.” It is derived, not from eris, “strife,” but from erithos, “a hireling;” hence the meaning of “seeking to win followers,” “factions,” so rendered in the RV of 2Cr 12:20, AV, “strifes;” not improbably the meaning here is rivalries, or base ambitions (all the other words in the list express abstract ideas rather than factions); Gal 5:20 (ditto); Phl 1:17 (RV; AV, ver. 16, “contention”); Phl 2:3 (AV, “strife”); Jam 3:14, 16 (ditto); in Rom 2:8 it is translated as an adjective, “factious” (AV, “contentious”). The order “strife, jealousy, wrath, faction,” is the same in 2Cr 12:20; Gal 5:20. “Faction” is the fruit of jealousy. Cp. the synonymous adjective hairetikos, Tts 3:10, causing division (marg., “factious”), not necessarily “heretical,” in the sense of holding false doctrine.

  Phil 1:15 “Some indeed are preaching Christ even for envy, that is, to carry out the envy which they felt towards Paul, on account of the success of the Gospel in the capital of the world, owing to his steadfastness in his imprisonment; they wished through envy to transfer the credit of its progress from him to themselves. Probably Judaizing teachers

 NOW IN ALL THESE VERSES THE IDEA IS THAT IDEA THAT SELF IS THE ONE THAT IS ELEVATED.  Just about any method is used.  In such cases people will elevate themselves at someone else’s expense.

 Rom 1: 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

 Zech 8: 17 And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these [are things] that I hate, saith the LORD.

Rom 13: 8,10 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law….Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love [is] the fulfilling of the law.

1 Peter 3: 10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

Now we have this verse.  Some has decided that in preaching the gospel it must be

Aggressive.  But in what way does it mean to be aggressive?   

 They will use this verse to proof that aggression is what this verse is preaching. 

 2 Tim 4: 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

 Yet how can we reconcile this with the verses in Zech, Romans and Peter?

First Timothy is talking about the PREACHING THE WORD.  Not offending others for the sake of offending,  NOT demeaning, NOT maligning, NOT Bull baiting people to get a reaction.

 This verse is about the preaching of the gospel.

 One commentary has this to say:

 reprove; errors, and men for their errors and heresies; make use of convincing arguments taken out of the Scriptures, which are profitable for reproof of this kind; and which reproof sometimes is to be given with sharpness, as the case requires, that men may be sound in the faith.

 Rebuke; or chide for sin; some privately, others more publicly, according to the nature and circumstances of the offence; some more gently, others more roughly, as is needful.

 Exhort; to all the duties of religion respecting God and man; to show love, and to do good works; to hold fast the profession of faith, and walk as becomes the Gospel of Christ; and to persevere in faith and holiness: or “comfort”, as the word may be rendered; for as the ministers of the Gospel are in some cases to be “Boanergeses”, sons of thunder, so other cases they should be Barnabases, sons of consolation; and comfort distressed minds, by preaching the comfortable doctrines of peace, pardon, righteousness and salvation by Jesus Christ.

 But in all cases it is to convince the sinner of his sin.  Mocking for the sake of mocking in order to demean a person or accuse falsely for the sake of demeaning such a person is not what this verse is intended.

 One article has this to say

 Some of what I will cover in this chapter will overlap somewhat from others,  but I believe that it is vitally important that I am very thorough regarding CONFRONTATIONAL AND AGGRESSIVE STREET PREACHING. This is the number one problem that most of my critics have with me and some other preachers as well. A few years ago, I was interviewed by one of the biggest Bible Colleges in America, for the possibility of training their preacher boys how to EVANGELIZE CONFRONTATIONALLY.  They were very nice and treated us well, but that is where things ended. While I do not know for sure why they never went ahead with this idea, it is very possible that they, LIKE MANY OTHERS, THOUGHT THAT JAMES LYMAN WAS “OVER THE TOP” AND TOO AGGRESSIVE. (capitals added)

 This article admits to being guilty to being aggressive and confrontational.  However it must also be noted that in the article suggests that  anyone who seems to disagree with such street evangelism has to suffer a torrent of abuse.   Words such as

  •  Christians  have been BRAIN-DAMAGED by the pastors and preachers today,
  • spiritually BRAIN-DAMAGED by the modern concept that our evangelism should be non-offensive.

 Who having read this is going to regard anything this article has to say.  Its is offensive for the sake of being offensive.  It reeks of self-righteousness.  If anyone who reads this article and decides that it comes short of the truth.  They are automatically regarded as “BRAIN DAMAGED”.  This type of speech is already attacking the reader, and the Christian.  Otherwise if you do not see it my way you are someone beneath me.  Is that not what we see with the term CONTENSIOUS.

 Offending for the sake of offending is not what the gospel is all about.  Lets be honest if you came along and someone told you that if you disagreed with them you were brain-damaged and beneath them.  Would you listen to anything they had to say afterwards?   To believe that the use of such language will get people’s respect you is highly dubious. 

 Zech 8: 17 And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these [are things] that I hate, saith the LORD.

Yet we have that very verse being broken.  For those who have written this article have already judged and condemned anyone who disagrees with them.  Now while these are aspects of the article that is good It generally seeks to be deliberately contentious.

 REJECTION OF John 3: 16

 For some reason James lyman as well as others have major problems with the subject of John 3: 16  ,  They seems to lack the ability to understand the doctrinal aspect.  But then how can you love someone and seek to be rude an aggressive with them at the same time.  If you kicked out love , then it becomes easy to hate.

 The article goes on to say

 “If God loves everyone and He forgives everyone,”

 Now the Bible says God is love , but No where does it say that God forgives everyone.  Everyone has the potential to be saved.  But we know not everyone will. So the statement is misleading.

  We have an ignorant society when it comes to spiritual truth.  God did show His love, past tense, by sending His Christ, God in the flesh (John 1:1,14, 1 Tim. 3:16 etc.)  to die for sin (Romans 5, Isaiah 53:6 etc.)  But scripturally  an individual can reach a point where God no longer hates the sin, but also the sinner, the person himself. While unpopular, that is Bible truth. You see the old phrase, “God hates the sin, but loves the sinner” is pure fantasy and wishful thinking. God is Holy, and holy beyond our understanding. Psalm 5:5 reads, “The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.” Psalm 7:11, “God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked everyday.” Psalm 11:5 reads, “The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence His soul hateth.” This is Bible! I do not know when an individual reaches the point, but there are some that God hates.

 Regardless, it is unscriptural to state that God loves everyone and this is proven by the aforementioned scriptures. So the preacher, the newscaster, the doctor, the professor, the priest, the professing Christian etc. are WRONG and the Word of God is right!

 The first thing here is to recognise the same confrontational manner which the author has written it.  He is writing it to fellow Christians and his whole methodology is aggressive.  Now let’s look at

 John 3: 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

 It is NOT God’s love that sends a person to hell.  It is God’s love and mercy that KEEPS a person out of hell, when justice and holiness are satisfied by God’s standards, not ours.  These two attributes were fully satisfied when God dumped His entire wrath upon Jesus Christ on the Cross for your and my sins.

 Here we have both the love mercy and solemnity of God shown.  In his love the sinner that believes will have everlasting life.  But a mans sin will send them to hell as sure as Gods love will keep him out of it.

  But the sinner that rejects that love has made his own choice despite the love and provision of God.

  GOD SHOWED HIS LOVE PAST  TENSE (200 years ago) BUT IT HAS PRESENT REALITIES.

 The article says that God shows his love past tense by sending Christ.  However this idea proves a wee bit of a problem.  From previous conversations on the subject of John 3: 16, this idea being presented  of God-loving the world  as some past tense as James lyman and others suggest raises some serious doctrinal problems.  There is much emphasis on Old Testament verses which shows Gods anger at sin.  So if God once summed up the courage to love the world, the question then is why and when.  Having sent Jesus to die has he now gone back to hating the world.  So john 3: 16 have no more purpose.  What it is really saying is that God in loving the world did something to save the world by sending Jesus.  It does not say his love ended at the cross, but the cross was the fullest expression of the love of God. 

 Then we have the issue that If God hates the sinner who then is commending his love towards the sinner.  Now this would also lead us to the point that if God commands us to love our neighbour.  WHY if God hates the sinner, should we not also?  Does it say LOVE my neighbour but with conditions?  The fundamental problem with such hate language is that they don’t understand the LOVE OF GOD AND THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD.  God in his love can stretch out his hand to the lost.  But that love does not provide some theology that everyone gets to go to heaven.  God gave man the right / Choice to follow God or reject.    In rejecting God love and provision means that one day the sinner will become the object of Gods righteousness and wrath.  It is the fact that God does love everyone means that is the reason Jesus came.

 LOVE IS NOT CONDITIONAL, NOR IS IT CHEAP!

 Rom 5: 8, 10  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us…… For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

 This verse does not say his love was selective, for a few.  But an expression of behaviour on Gods part towards the sinner.  So long before we were even aware of Gods love for us, God was demonstrating his love.  Nor did God wait until man first reciprocated that love.  God sent Jesus to be the final sacrifice, so that the way to God would be open.  Because Gods nature is love he seeks by his Holy Spirit to produce that same characteristic in the believer.

 1 Peter 2: 17 Honour all [men]. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

James 2: 8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:

 1 John 3: 16 Hereby perceive we the love [of God], because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down [our] lives for the brethren.

  1 John 3: 17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels [of compassion] from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

 1 John 4: 7-8  Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

 1 John 4: 9-10  In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins.

 1 John 4: 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

 In some cases LOVE is used in the present tense and at other times as in 1 John 4: 11.  Does that means as the article suggests that he once loved me and now no longer does.  NO it says that because we have become reciprocates of that love we also aught to love others as well.  It shows that God love continues.

 Now the article does go on to say “scripturally  an individual can reach a point where God no longer hates the sin, but also the sinner, the person himself….. This is Bible! I do not know when an individual reaches the point, but there are some that God hates.

 This statement is certainly borne out with Romans 1.  However with many of these street preachers they then try to make the decision for God as to when this happens.  In reality only God knows the point when a sinner has been finally given over to his sin, we cannot make that decision for God.

 Romans 1: 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves.

 Every time I have watch some of the videos these street preachers use.  I can be thankful and hope  that they are the exception rather than the rule.  They will indeed give that person over without even knowing the person in question.  They will hurl a volley of terms at them which is anything but Christ like.

 Exodus 34: 6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,

Pslam 86: 15 But thou, O Lord, [art] a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

 God is certainly more Patient than we are.

 SPEAK THE TRUTH IN LOVE NOT JUST TO GIVE OFFENSE

 Westbro Baptist church will condemn people who are already dead, but some street preachers will condemn people who are not even dead.  Without clear evidence to the fact we should not seek to bear false witness.

 Eph 4: 25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

 Zech 8: 16 These [are] the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:

 When we hurl false accusations at people just to anger them we dishonour the truth and discredit the message.  If we speak out against an obvious sin then they might indeed be convicted by their sin and the truth will be vindicated.

 Eph 4: 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ.

 So it important that we speak the truth so that people will see the truth.  Calling people names in the hope of excusing a lie is not the truth.  It does more harm than good.

Eph 4: 29  Let no CORRUPT communication proceeds out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

 The word corrupt means 1) rotten, putrefied 2) corrupted by one and no longer fit for use, worn out   3) of poor quality, bad, unfit for use, worthless.

 Eph 4: 29 Let no corrupt  communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers .

 So it important what comes out of our mouths.  Does it edify and build up.  Does it point the hearers to Christ?  It all times we should aim to see Christ lifted up and glorified.  Most important…. IS IT THE TRUTH!

 Col 3: 8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, FILTHY COMMUNICATION out of your mouth.

       This is one word in the Greek and  the word  FILTHY COMMUNICATION means “foul speaking, low and obscene speech”

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Comments
  1. Some have used this verse to excuse their anger and the use of verbal abuse.

    Jhn 2:15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables

    However a close reading of this chapter tells us Jesus motive for what he did.

    Jhn 2:17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The ZEAL OF THINE HOUSE hath eaten me up.

    There are two things we can learn from this.
    1 It was a love for his father house that made him do what he did.
    2 What he did was because it was the truth. They did indeed turn the house of God into a den of thieves.
    Would I then be justified on this basis of going into a shop and start turning over tables and chasing people out of the store? No because it would not be the same. What about beating people with a whip, would that justify my actions. NO I would probaly be charged with assault. Because Jesus did something did not mean he did the same thing every sabbath day. He came to fulfill prophecy which he did. Psalm 69: 9.

    Cleansing the temple is not the same as driving people from the shops. However should it ever come to such an affair just make sure it is done because it was the right thing to do. Truth not excuses.

  2. Thank you. Thank you for standing up for Biblical truth, for not being carried to and fro by every wind of doctrine as the new emergent and seeker friendly churches have done. It is my honest belief, that we need more people like you to preach the Truth and to not back down. We need more preachers that did not preach just to fill the pews or to have some more “conversions” then the year before. Thank you for keeping to His Word and I pray that your ministry would continue to flourish as the God who stated a good work in you will finish it.

  3. davidblaine says:

    “The idea behind this is someone who is trying to build himself a reputation. It is the putting of oneself forward. This is someone with a partisan and fractious spirit who will naturally have a disdain for others. People will always be seen as being beneath them.”

    Yeah… that’s James Lyman to a tee.

    • It is important how we speak and how we share the gospel with others

      Psa 34:13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

      Psalm 45: 2 Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.

      Psa 141:3 Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.

      Pro 10:18 He that hideth hatred [with] lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, [is] a fool.

      Pro 10:21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.

      Pr 16: 14 The wrath of a king [is as] messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.

      Pro 16: 21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

      Prov 16: 27 An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips [there is] as a burning fire.

      Proverbs 16:23-25 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips. Pleasant words [are as] an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death.

      Pro 17:28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: [and] he that shutteth his lips [is esteemed] a man of understanding.

      1Pe 3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

      THERE IS WISDOM FOR ALL IN JUST A FEW VERSES. May we take the time to first let them speak to our own hearts.

    • Thanks David for the posting. Love to hear from you.

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