Vol.XII No.VIII Pg.1
October 1975

Maybe A Few Need This

Robert F. Turner

I knew a man in Christ about twenty years ago who needed courage to face a difficult period. By keeping quiet, leaving unsaid words that needed to be said, things would be much easier for him and his family — or so it seemed. He was frightened that he would hesitate at such a time. Then, he remembered and read Acts 18:9-10.

Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.

He typed those words on a little card and put them under the glass on his desk. He spoke, and no man set on him to hurt him. He only lasted four weeks after that (instead of a year and six months) but then some preachers move more often than others. The Lord did have much people in that city. A sound church is there now.

Are we preachers today aware of the need to keep on speaking honest convictions? Paul wrote, . .according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak. (2 Cor. 4:13) It is significant that he addressed the following to Timothy, the evangelist. Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; (Emph. mine.) And of course, Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. (1 Tim. 3:9; 4:15; 2 Tim. 4:2). What an awesome responsibility!

ne fellow complained that people do not have respect for preachers now as they once did. That may be another good old days fallacy, but if it is a valid observation, preachers are probably to blame. Respect must be earned, and I dont mean by selling something to the brethren. Nor is it enhanced by stomping and yelling abuse at them. I wonder what people would think of a preacher who studied diligently, and presented each point only after carefully researching it. Who spoke kindly, yet firmly and with no favor of persons? With whom one could differ without sensing an injured pride? If no one would support him he could be displayed in a zoo.