In our day when the concept of love has been so twisted into meaninglessness, when it’s all about me, all about unity, compromise, tolerance, diversity, accommodation, smooth talk and just talk about making everyone happy, few want straight talk, honest talk, truth talk and telling it like it is talk. Few want the truth if it upsets us, makes us uncomfortable or hurts anyone’s feelings. They want us to speak in love but they don’t want us to speak the truth in love. Well, that’s not what Jesus did, the prophets did, the early church did and authentic Christians throughout the ages have done.
And let’s be perfectly clear about the Scriptures as well. It’s not all about being positive, upbeat, tolerant, accommodating, self-empowering, optimistic or speaking smooth things. “ALL Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for teaching, reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – (II Timothy 3:16,17) . It is both positive and negative like a battery. Without both poles working on the battery the car isn't going anywhere. Without the whole counsel of God’s word with the positive stuff and the negative stuff you aren’t going anywhere in your Christian experience except around in circles on your naïve journey to Never-Never-Land.
As far as I am concerned, you can have your namby-pamby, half-baked, milk-toast religion. I don’t want any of your saccharin, weak, watered down, emasculated, compromised, user-friendly, “lost its salt” Christianity. I don’t want your sensational hype, motivational drivel, smooth-talking, ear-tickling, half-truths or feel-good religion masquerading as Christianity. I want the positive and the negative. I want to be encouraged and exhorted, counseled and corrected. I want the gentle caress and the hard blow. I want the good, the bad and the ugly. I want it in season and out of season. I want it when I feel like it and when I don’t. I want it when it is timely and when it is an inconvenient truth. I want His rod and His staff. I want the whole nine yards. Yes, fellow pilgrim, I want the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth and I want it now! I want the whole counsel of God’s Word and that’s my point!
“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort.....For the time will come when they will no longer tolerate sound teaching, but to satisfy their own desires, because they have ears that want to be tickled, they will heap to themselves teachers and they will turn their ears from the truth.” (II Timothy 4:2-4a)