No Offense

Daily Reform, Day 96

Galatians 2:12 & Ephesians 6:10-20

From the Reformer

Jerome, who understood not this passage, nor the whole epistle for that matter, excuses Peter’s action on the ground “that it was done in ignorance.” But Peter offended by giving the impression that he was indorsing the Law. By his example he encouraged Gentiles and Jews to forsake the truth of the Gospel. If Paul had not reproved him, there would have been a sliding back of Christians into the Jewish religion, and a return to the burdens of the Law.

—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Pulling It Together

Well, I wouldn’t want to offend. How often this statement is used for an excuse to not stand up for what is right. The truth needs you to stand up and state it. This is especially so when someone abuses the truth or teaches heresy in the church. We find it easy to stand up for so many things that are opinion. This team is better! Or worse, Your team is awful! That Church folks will occupy their time with such hurtful banter is soul-numbing. Contemporary worship music is of the devil! Such defamers should occupy their tongues with the singing of the hymns that they demand. If you read that version of the Bible you will go to hell. This is the ancient rhetoric of Rome. Those who mindlessly spew it a half-millennium later are still the devil’s agents.

Those are opinions. What about truth? Will you stand for the truth? There are always dire consequences ahead when no one stands for the truth. Of course there is often also a cost when one stands for the truth. That is one reason that so many spend their time standing instead for the opinions of man.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers

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