By Allen White
It’s true that some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry. But others preach about Christ with pure motives. They preach because they love me, for they know I have been appointed to defend the Good News. Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely, intending to make my chains more painful to me. But that doesn’t matter. Whether their motives are false or genuine, the message about Christ is being preached either way, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice. For I know that as you pray for me and the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will lead to my deliverance. Philippians 1:15-19
Have you ever visited a church and wanted to walk right out as soon as you walked in? Or, have you ever started to listen to a TV preacher, then quickly grabbed the remote and moved on? It just wasn’t your style.
I can’t explain the reasons behind what some churches do or what some TV preachers intend. Paul’s words point us toward a little more understanding. Paul didn’t agree with everyone’s methods or motives, but he did agree with the Good News. We can be thankful for those we agree with. We can also look for the similarities between us and those we disagree with. We can pray that God will use all of us to reach the world.
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