The Reader’s Digest once ran this potent one…

The Reader’s Digest once ran this potent one-liner: “It is a fool who believes his light shines brighter by blowing out another’s candle.” Paul told Timothy that the work of a preacher is to “preach the word, reprove, rebuke and exhort with all longsuffering & doctrine”. The challenge of every preacher is to reprove and rebuke without blowing out somebody’s candle. How do you correct error and denounce false doctrine without appearing to be judgmental and harsh? Now do you rebuke sin & reprove non-Biblical views without appearing holier-than-thou? If I shut my mouth, woe unto me for I am called to speak. If I open my mouth, woe unto me for I am misunderstood. If I pick my words and choose my phrases so as to offend none and please everyone, woe unto me for I have sold out to Satan. I am no wiser or better than the next man but to close my eyes to sin and error is refusing to throw a lifeline to a drowning neighbor. This is Just-a-Minute

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