By Arie denHartog
The preacher who refuses to call men to repentance from sin because he fears offending them or losing them from the membership of his church will be responsible for their souls. He will be guilty of not having warned them in their sins and he will have become responsible for their apostasy from Christ. The sound doctrine of the Word of Christ must be preached to convince the gainsayers, in order that they might be turned again to the truth. “The servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive at his will” (II Tim. 2:24-26).
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