If you don’t want to hear it, then I don’t want to hear it from you

If you don’t want to hear what the apostle Paul taught when it comes to the consequence of sins such as homosexuality and fornication, then I don’t want to hear you talking about what he said when it comes to God’s forgiveness of sin (1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:3-7).

If you don’t want to hear what the apostle Paul taught when it comes to women and their role in public worship, then I don’t want to hear you talking about what he said when it comes to the role of pastors and deacons (1 Corinthians 14:34-37, 1 Timothy 3:1-13, Titus 1:5-9).

If you don’t want to hear what the apostle Paul taught when it comes to baptism and salvation, then I don’t want to hear you talking about what he said when it comes to salvation and our confession (Romans 6:1-5, Romans 10:8-10).

If you don’t want to hear what the apostle Paul taught when it comes to the error of division within the church, then I don’t want to hear you talking about what he said when it comes to unity in the church (1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 1 Corinthians 3:1-3, Ephesians 4:3).

If you don’t want to hear what the apostle Paul taught when it comes to the possibility of falling away from God’s grace, then I don’t want to hear you talking about what he said when it comes to repentance (Galatians 5:4, 1 Corinthians 10:11-13, 2 Corinthians 7:9-10, Acts 17:30-31).

The list could go on, but my point would remain the same: if you’re not willing to hear the whole counsel of God from the apostle Paul, then, when it comes to you, I don’t want to hear about any counsel of God from Paul.

Don’t discount one verse while promoting another when it comes to Paul’s letters to the churches and individuals, because when you do that you only end up making merchandise out of your hearers.

For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God. Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.” (Acts 20:27-31)

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