We Don’t Use “Politically Correct” Terminology
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. We must always remember that our speech and conduct should be moved by pure motives (I Corinthians 9:19-23).
1. As we proceed through this lesson, let’s remember that some lawful things are not always expedient (I Corinthians 10:23).
Example - someone may be acting stubborn and strong terms may apply that should be said (Acts 7:51).
That does not mean that all strong terms may be expedient though (i.e. Jeremiah 2:23-24) as that person may think your “cussing” rather than rebuking.
2. We must be wise enough to know when to really, beyond the normal, guard our tongues (cf. Psalms 39:1).
B. We must remember how powerful our tongues are (Proverbs 18:21).
1. Words can bring trouble (Proverbs 18:6-7).
2. Let it not be named among us (Ephesians 5:3-4).
3. At the same time, words can also do a lot of good (Proverbs 15:2-4).
II. Body: Our Speech Is Governed (Ephesians 4:29, Colossians 3:8-9, and Colossians 4:6), But Not By Man (I Peter 4:11).
A. We should never “set out” to use “shock speech” to cause trouble (Matthew 5:9 and Hebrews 12:14).
1. That DOES NOT mean we will back down when confrontation is necessary (Proverbs 28:4, Acts 19:8-9, and I Thessalonians 2:1-2).
2. That also DOES NOT mean we will “soften” things up just to avoid offending someone (Matthew 15:1-14).
B. While we’re not intentional “trouble makers”, we must be a people who speak clearly in regard to sin and God’s will (II Corinthians 3:12, Philippians 1:20, and Jude 3).
1. Subtlety corrupts truth (II Corinthians 11:3).
2. Thus, clear terms should be used, applying the principles we’ve already discussed:
a. Ignorance needs to be called ignorance (Acts 17:23; 30 and Romans 10:1-3).
b. Fools need to be called out (Galatians 3:1).
c. Hypocrisy called what it is (Matthew 23:23-33).
d. Simply put, if the shoe fits we should be willing to point that out (Isaiah 56:10-12, Jeremiah 3:1, Matthew 16:21-23, James 4:4, etc.).
C. Taking the Gospel (Mark 16:15-16) into the world necessarily means some things…
1. The world is wicked (I John 5:19).
2. Thus, those in sin who refuse to repent, will be “offended” by the politicly incorrect Gospel:
a. Homosexuals will be offended (Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13, Romans 1:20-27, and Jude 7; cf. Genesis 18-19.).
b. Those practicing other forms of fornication will be offended (I Corinthians 6:9-11; 18).
c. Drunkards and other forms of drinkers will be offended (Proverbs 20:1 and I Peter 4:1-5).
d. Liars will be offended (Revelation 21:8).
e. Denominations will be offended (Ephesians 4:4; cf. Romans 16:16).
f. Frankly, any sinner will be offended (Galatians 5:19-21; cf. I John 3:4 and Romans 6:23).
3. We cannot try to change the wording of the truth to please people (I Thessalonians 2:3-6; cf. Galatians 1:10).
III. Conclusion: Let’s look for the acceptable words, by God’s standards, when we speak (Proverbs 22:17-21 and Ecclesiastes 12:10).
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