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Preachers Who Hold the Line

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Preachers Who Hold the Line

by George Bentch

Do preachers need encouragement as they go from place to place to preach the gospel? Most assuredly they do. Leaving their families they travel many miles in hope of bringing someone to accept the truth. We shake their hand, tell them how we enjoy their sermons. Then we sigh with relief when the week's meeting is over. Meanwhile, they are in route to another meeting. Do we know they love us? Without love for us and love of the truth they would not make the sacrifices to preach to us.

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The Vigilant Watchman

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Throughout the Word of God we find many warnings of imminent danger. Two examples are Paul's general, open-ended warning to Tim­othy in 2 Timothy 3, and his much more specific and direct warning to Timothy of Alexander the copper­smith in 2 Timothy 4. By Paul's ex­ample we can conclude that it is im­portant for Christians to warn one another of potential danger and harm. We can actually find that not only is it important, it's required.

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A License to Sin?

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One may say, "We all sin. Some of us run a stop-light. Others do worse things. So, let's be gracious to one another." I do not hear the ur­gency for getting right with God, but a permissive attitude to allow for sin. When I hear people make such state­ments, I want to reply with, "Well, if you have sin in your life, then you need to repent, confess it and seek God's forgiveness."

We should give up the desire for living in sin at the time of our obedience to the gospel of Christ. Paul asked, "Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?" and answers his own question with, "God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" (Romans 6:1-2). God does not bestow grace so that we can continue sinning. Paul goes on to explain how Christ regen­erated us with his blood in baptism and that we rise to walk in a new life.

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