Do Not Offend

In today’s politically correct culture we are often told that we should make sure we do not offend people when we are speaking the truth of the Gospel. We are also told that we need to make sure we are speaking the truth in love. But what does that mean? Does that mean to not offend? Does that mean we should do everything to make sure that feelings are not hurt? Are we really supposed to go about our preaching and teaching in such a way that nobody can take offense? The answer is NO!

The idea that we are not to offend people does not come from Scripture. This is the construct of a culture that is obsessed with being politically correct. A culture that believes there are no absolutes and that everyone can believe what they want to believe and that is true for them, except Christianity. The truth is this, the Bible is an offensive book to those who do not follow it. The truth is offensive to those who wish to reject it. And, could it be, that when feelings are hurt by hearing the truth it isn’t really their feelings but their conscience tugging at their soul because they know they are in the wrong?

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Dressing Up Scripture

What do I mean when I say, “Dressing Up Scripture?” It is simple. Dressing up Scripture means changing the wording, interpretation, or leaving out certain parts of Scripture in order to not offend people.

The Bible says that the Word of God is sharper than a two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). I think God when He inspired the author of Hebrews to write those words that he intentionally chose the weapon of the day. The Word pierces. It’s not meant to be gentle, it’s not meant to be soft. It is meant to cut through the blackness and thickness of sin and pierce the soul.

If people are living in darkness they are going to be offended by the Word of God. They won’t like it. It forces them to come out of the shadows and live a new life. It will make them better.

Think of it this way, in surgery your body is offended by the incisions and removals or additions that the surgeon must make, but in the end, it is to the benefit of your body. So what if a sinner is offended by the truth? In the end, it leads them to salvation.

That is not to say we should seek to offend. No. We should always speak the truth in love. But speaking the truth in love does not mean being afraid of offending someone and it does not mean tip-toeing around issues that may be sensitive. We must boldly proclaim the truth while showing the love and light of Jesus Christ.

Please do not “Dress Up” Scripture.