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Our Right To Free Speech Must Not Be Abused | Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager

Our Right To Free Speech Must Not Be Abused

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I. Introduction:

A. On December 15th, 1791 this amendment to the US Constitution was ratified [signed; made valid]: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” (https://www.usconstitution.net/xconst_Am1.html).

  1. Some will take the fact that we are to obey civil law (I Peter 2:13-17), and go too far in thinking that means you should just keep talking.
  2. Is civil law our standard to live by (Luke 4:4, John 6:63, and II Timothy 3:14-17)?
B. Aren’t we supposed to be wise and in a position of understanding what the will of the Lord is (Ephesians 5:14-17)?
  1. The world is watching and listening (Psalms 37:32).
  2. The Lord is watching and listening (Proverbs 5:21 and Proverbs 15:3).
  3. Therefore, we must behave ourselves wisely (Psalms 101:2-3).

II. Body: If You Love Life And Good Days… (Psalms 34:12-18 and I Peter 3:8-17).

A. We are expected to act and speak in a way that charges cannot be rightly levied against us (Titus 2:7-8).
  1. What were the prudent instructed during an “evil time” (Amos 5:13-15)?
  2. Think of how we ought to answer (Colossians 4:5-6).
B. A false teacher named Tony Brewer, from the Bay church of Christ in Bay, AR said (not a direct quote) that a person should speak his or her mind because thoughts are chaotic and speaking them aloud, to others, allows for organization of those thoughts, articulating who were are, debate, etc. (https://cogitations.podbean.com/e/cogitations-e67-about-free-speech/). Whereas the word of God says to control our tongues (James 1:26).
  1. Think about the many lessons we learn about controlling our tongues (James 3:1-18).
  2. We will be judged for every word (Matthew 12:33-37).
  3. We are not permitted to speak any corruption (Colossians 3:8; 3:17).
  4. Our words can cause much good OR harm (Proverbs 18:21).
C. When your thoughts are heavy, keep the matter in the heart (Daniel 7:28).
  1. What does much talking present (Proverbs 10:19 and Proverbs 13:3)?
  2. Think about what a person who talks too much is (Proverbs 29:11 and Ecclesiastes 10:12-14).
  3. Think before you speak (Proverbs 15:28).

III. Conclusion: Jesus had the RIGHT to talk, but He was cautious (I Peter 2:21-23).


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