Php 1:17 knowing that I am set in defence of the gospel. We have the awesome responsibility to learn the truth of God's word. We will give account to God( if he doesn't change us while we are here.) I have been so concerned that I even turn naked ladies magazines backwords in the stores. To protect the children. everything we do effects others so we need to be a light. that is not just talking the word. I am no critic of my dear brethren, I only ask that they consider what they are doing in their lives and how it reflects on the kingdom. We all want to love Jesus and belong to him. We are effected when as parents the children misbehave in the restaurant. But are we behaving before our heavenly father? We have not been taught all we should know about a ethical life in many churches, so we need to learn them on our own. many who have no desire for integrity will call ones who do care self righteous. We who are becoming like Jesus pray for them and say Jesus bless them and show them how to walk in light and truth. It is written---Eph. 5:27 that he might present it to himself a glorious church not having spot, wrinkle or any such thing but that it should be holy and without blemish. see the love of God in that scripture, we are his sheep just like the O.T. offering. He wants to offer us up to God as a sweet smelling savor. 2 Cor. 2:15for we are unto God a sweet savor of Christ in them that are saved and in them that perish. May the Holy Spirit confirm this powerfully to our hearts, glorify Jesus.
The best defense of the gospel is to manifestthe truth of God's saving grace and be a witnessto the glory of His resurrection. Live with thisconviction in mind and heart; you are an epistle,and you will silence the critics!!
_________________Martin G. Smith