For…Then Against

Hope in the LordThose who would silence Biblical Christians who expose error in the professing church often invoke the cliche, “Tell them what you’re for, not what you’re against.” Well, okay…I can do that.

I’m for worshiping Jesus as the only Savior, believing His own declaration that no one can come to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). Of course, just saying that sounds narrow and exclusive, until you realize that Jesus, in His Sermon on the Mount, actually instructed people to take the narrow way that leads to life rather than the broad way that leads to destruction (Matthew 7:13-14). If I minimized the Scriptures that insist on His right to determine the criterion for salvation, I would find myself against the Gospel.

I’m also for proclaiming the truth, which means holding to the Bible as God’s authoritative Word (2 Timothy 3:16–17). Therefore, I want to earnestly contend for the faith (Jude 3) even when doing so requires me to say unpopular things. Sometimes, pleasing the Lord means displeasing people by standing for His truth (Galatians 1:10).

Lastly, I’m for loving people enough to hate the sin that threatens  them with eternal damnation. Contrary to popular opinion, true love never lets someone settle for sin’s deception, but instead takes joy in watching them come into the truth of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 13:6). How could I claim to be loving if I failed to cry out against the things that block people from enjoying fellowship with God.

You may not like what I’m for. You may consider me narrow minded, bigoted and negative. But now you know that I stand for values I’ve learned from God’s Word. Certainly, standing for those values causes me to stand against everything that opposes those values, but at least I’m for the right things.

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