Muzzling the Preacher
A. The term “muzzling” is defined
by Webster to mean: “to restrain from expression; to gag.”
I. A Preacher Must Not Allow
Himself to be Muzzled
1. Certain parties among brethren
try to force sound men to steer clear of teaching on certain issues because
they fear their fruits may be made known (Matthew 12:33).
B. In battle, an opposing army often attempts
to immediately cut communications so that no one can be warned of the invasion.
2. Certain congregations do not want men
to teach on certain subjects because they want to remain on neutral ground,
but there is truly no such thing as neutral ground (Matthew 12:30 and Revelation
1. False teachers immediately attempt
to cut off those who will sound the warning at their approach.
2. The Lord warned us that there would be
wolves in sheep’s clothing, but He also told us that we can know them by
their fruits (Matthew 7:15-20). – So, be a fruit inspector.
A. A gospel preacher is supposed
to reprove, rebuke, and exhort when the truth is welcomed and not welcomed
(II Timothy 4:2).
II. There Are Ways That Unfaithful
Brethren Try to Silence the Truth
1. In preaching the word we can
expect to have those who say evil about us (Luke 6:26).
B. Gospel preachers will be held accountable
for their silence:
2. But we must not sell the truth (Proverbs
1. Ezekiel 3:18
C. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of
God unto salvation (Romans 1:16), and if the Gospel is silenced men will
not be saved:
2. Acts 20:26-27
1. Romans 10:14 / CF. Romans
2. I Corinthians 1:21
A. By demanding preachers to preach
generalized lessons on that remove accountability from the hearer:
III. Bold Stands and Proper
Action Must be Taken Upon Those Who Try to Stop The Whole Truth From Being
1. They desire “in depth” lessons
on texts that are general.
B. By enforcing the “party spirit” pressure
among sound men:
2. They want the “smooth things” (Isaiah
3. They want the “New Herenutics” not the
“old paths” (Jeremiah 6:16).
4. They want smooth talkers, not watchman
a. They want men who will lay down
the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17), not those who will hold fast
the faithful word and contend for the faith (Jude 3).
1. The tools of false teachers are
based in deceit, not in truth. They attribute false beliefs to honorable
men to create “straw men” they can tear down, because they cannot defeat
the truth, but honorable men realize the blessing in such disgusting behavior:
C. Those in religious error have often tried
to silence the faithful:
a. Matthew 5:10-12
2. False teachers are wolves among the flock,
and they want to stay that way (they do not want exposed):
b. Jeremiah 1:19
c. Ezekiel 33:30-33
a. Acts 20:28-31
b. II Peter 2:1-3
c. Jude v. 4
1. Ungodly men have tried to discourage
godly men by proclaiming that size, age, prominence, and battle records
outweigh the power of God (I Samuel 17:3-11), but a young man knowing the
power of God, was not the least bit intimidated (I Samuel 17:23-58).
a. Why do men of God allow “big
names” to deter them from standing for truth? Answer as did David:
26 …for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies
of the living God?”
2. They have tried to get faithful men to bow
down to idols in civil obedience, but divine disobedience (Daniel 3:8-14),
but men of God would not do so even in the danger of being burned to death
in fire (Daniel 3:15-18).
3. They tried to stop faithful men from
praying to God (Daniel 6:3-9), but even in the face of the Lion’s Den,
Daniel would not stop praying to God (Daniel 6:10-28).
4. They tried to propose trap questions
(Matthew 19:3-9, Matthew 21:23-46, Matthew 22:23-46, etc.), the answer
to these things is strong: Matthew 22:29 “Jesus answered and said unto
them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.”
a. II Timothy 2:23
5. Ungodly men have tried to silence the truth
by using the physical harm and prison time (Acts 4:1-18, Acts 5:26-28,
Acts 16:14-23), but the response of Godly men is:
b. Titus 3:9
a. Acts 4:19-20
b. Acts 5:29
A. A preacher of the Gospel of Christ
must be bold [confident, fearless, brave] in his declaration of divine
1. Acts 19:8
B. We must reveal those who try to divide the
body of Christ, deceive audiences, and silence truth (Romans 16:17-18).
2. Ephesians 6:19-20
1. Their mouths must be stopped
2. If not stopped, their doctrines will
spread (I Corinthians 5:6 and II Timothy 2:16-18).
3. But, in stopping these men of error we
must be careful not to engage in manner as they do (Proverbs 26:4).
We must be sure we do not get involved in a puking contest with a buzzard.
A. We were foretold that some would
depart from the faith and not endure the truth:
1. I Timothy 4:1-2
B. We must study the word of God to assure that
our stands are with Christ and not with men (John 5:39 and Acts 17:10-11).
2. II Timothy 4:3-4
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