Sunday, March 24, 2019
2nd Timothy 4:1*5
Compromise or Capitulation
2nd Timothy was written by Paul in response to struggles that the young Pastor was in the midst of.
Pressure was mounting externally and internally in his ministry in Ephesus.
A lunatic was at the helm of the Roman Empire and his name was Nero.
He despised all things Christian. The early church was being tested mightily.
Timothy was dealing with that and with misunderstands and discord in the church body.
I would imagine that he wasn’t sure quite which way to turn, so he sought the wisdom of his spiritual advisor Paul.
If any one had the personal experience to offer help to the young pastor, it was Paul.
In our text he begins by using the term of “I charge thee” this meant I command and encourage you.
Paul was establishing his role as advisor and friend to Timothy by offering both command and encouragement.
Yet also established the divine author, by and his own subjection to the Father and the Son.
Thus, I command and encourage you in their sight and under their headship.
Jesus will judge everyone in due time, all of us.
So, here is what Paul told him to do.
First and foremost.
PREACH THE WORD!
The word preach is derived from tow Latin words (Prae) meaning before and (Decare) meaning declare.
Timothy was to declare the truth of God’s word before both God and man.
He was to be instant in season and out of season.
Consistency. Don’t balk. Don’t waver. Don’t stop. Don’t buckle in declaring God’s truths.
Preach the word in the good times, in the bad times, in times of stress and in times of relief.
From these declarations Paul said that preaching the Gospel also had to include Timothy’s ability to offer reproof, rebuke and the exhortation that people must repent from their sinful ways.
Paul related that Timothy was to keep his head, he was to have patience with people, he had to belong suffering because not everyone was going to like him and support and encourage him.
He had to tell them about the love of Jesus, the mercy and grace of God and that repentance would bring forgiveness.
Yet he had to also must correct incorrect teaching, he had to confront sin in people’s lives,
and he had to exhort or encourage them to turn from their wicked ways.
Timothy was to establish sound doctrine in the church and not waver from it.
Paul told him to do, these things, be established, be consistent, hold to the faith, because the external and internal forces are going to at some point begin to draw people away from his established doctrine and that they would rebel against the truth.
The day would come that they will not adhere to what God’s word inspires and admonishes them to do.
They will turn back to or continue in their sinful ways and destructive ways.
They will employ and honor Shepard’s that will compromise God’s law and his truth.
They will no longer have a desire to hear the convicting words of God’s aw and his truth.
They will honor others who capitulate to their demands and they will support those that tell them what they want to hear and not what they need to hear.
They will no longer have a desire to hear the convicting words of God’s truth and they will even call it untrue, and nothing more that fairytales.
Paul finished our text by telling Timothy that he muse keep a watchful eye on these matters.
That he should expect disrespect, wagging tongues, physical abuse, mental anguish but the he had to suffer through these to be able to evangelize and keep going, keep reaching the lost and encouraging the Saints.
Timothy had to do what he had to do, say what he had to say, and go where he had to go in order to fulfill his calling as a Shepard of Christs Flock.
We live in a time comparative to Paul and Timothy’s.
Yet there is one difference.
The time is not going to come that these things were going to happen, they are happening now and it will continue to worsen.
People are turning from the truth of God’s word.
It reminds me of the Serpent in the garden when he questioned God’s word to Eve when he said, “Did God really say that?”
The answer was “Yes, God did.”
God’s word is being questioned, it is being denied, it is being twisted to meet the sinful lives of those it is meant to cleanse.
Our modern lifestyles buck against the components of the Godly admonishments laid out before us.
Several years ago, Dr. David Jeremiah wrote a book “I Never Thought I Would See The Day.”
O never thought I would see the day that even clergy questioned the accuracy, the infallibility, the inerrant word of God.
I never thought I would see the day when Preachers would refuse to talk about the need of true repentance.
When they refused to offer reproof, rebuke, and exhortation for people to turn from their wicked ways.
When church leaders would not talk about hell because it makes people uncomfortable.
I never thought I would see the day when it became a possibility that a child that was born could be left to die.
I never thought I would see the day that great historical church bodies would condone same sex relationships, marriage and then place active engaging sinful people to lead them.
I never thought I would see the day when so much compromise in regard to God’s world would take place.
Compromise has led and is leading to outright capitulation.
I will not compromise on the word of God. Therefore, I won’t ever capitulate on it either.
I cannot and will not tickle your ears. I will tell you what you need to hear and not always what you want to hear.
If you ever expect me to do so then that is an indication my time here is done.
When we stand upon God’s truth, we must expect push back, the world is becoming more and more intolerant of its sins being exposed.
We will be call everything under the sun, we will experience verbal and possibly physical abuse.
Yet we must persevere. Not matter what.
We must do what we must do, we must say what we must say, we must go where we must go.
God will lead me. I will Shepard you if you are still willing not compromise or capitulate God’s word.
I will not stand before God and give an account of sin of omission.
Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil that put darkness for light and light for darkness that put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.