[what preachers of the gospel are called by those who don't want to hear the truth, and no fault can be found otherwise]
Acts 17:22-34 ". . . some mocked . . . Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed. . . ." (Paul could be called "rude.")
2nd Corinthians 11:6 (The word "rude" is used one time in the bible. Paul used the word to describe himself!)
(Ecclesiastes 3:1 "To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. . . .")
"I don't think we should say bad things about other people."
[These are code words meaning: "Don't say anything against me, or the things that have deceived me."]
Matthew 16:5-23 "But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men." (Now, that was rude!)
Mark 12:38-40 "Beware of the scribes. . . these shall receive greater damnation." (How rude!)
Philippians 3:2 "Beware of dogs [two-legged ones], beware of evil workers. . . ."
2nd Timothy 3:5 "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."
[What "power" are they denying?]
Romans 1:16 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God. . . ."
1st Corinthians 2:5 "That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God."
4:6 ". . . that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written. . . ."
v. 13 "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived."
4:10 ". . . Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world. . . ." (He's getting sort of personal here.)
v. 14 " "Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil. . . ." (He's naming names.)
Titus 1:10-16 "They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and . . . reprobate."
2:15 "These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee."
"We should be more POSITIVE, not going around being against EVERYTHING."
[Which translates as: "We shouldn't be against anything that I'm FOR."]
Amos 5:15 "Hate the evil, and love the good. . . ." (If somebody is FOR something evil, then he should be corrected!)
Psalm 97:10 "Ye that love the Lord, hate evil. . . ."
1st John 5:19 "And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness." [How rude!]
Proverbs 27:5-6 "Open rebuke is better than secret love."
"You shouldn't say 'YOU' when you're preaching to people -- like 'YOU are going to hell.'"
[Like it's said, "When you throw a rock in a dark alley, if somebody hollers, you hit something."]
Matthew 23:33-35 "Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?"
vs. 13,14,15,16 "Woe unto you. . . ."
(The prophets, the Lord, the disciples, and Paul said "YOU" in their preaching thousands of times.)
[Why do you think the prophets were all killed?]
"You shouldn't say ‘If any man among us is a drunk he's out of here.’"
1st Corinthians 5:11-13 ". . . if any man that is called a brother be a . . . drunkard . . . put away from among yourselves that wicked person."
Galatians 5:19-21 "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are . . . drunkenness . . . and such like: of the which I tell you . . . that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God."
"You don't tell somebody they haven't got the Holy Spirit: that's rude!"
Acts 13:8-10 "O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness. . . ."
Matthew 15:22,28 ". . . my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. . . . And her daughter was made whole. . . ."
Jude 19 "These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit." [Why is Jude saying that?]
Acts 6:9 "Then there arose certain of . . . the Libertines . . . disputing with Stephen." (It's a free country.)
[But Stephen had something to say to them!]
7:51 "Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost. . . ."
"Well, at least the ‘Promise Keepers’ preach the gospel."
[translation: "So you shouldn't be so rude as to say anything against them."]
Galatians 1:6-8 ". . . though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel . . . let him be accursed."
"let him be accursed." (not justified)
"Well, they have Jesus as their Lord. That's all that counts." (to justify the ecumenical movement and multiple "fellowships.")
[Translation: "Doctrine doesn't matter."] (However, that in itself is a doctrine.)
2nd Corinthians 6:14 "Be ye not unequally yoked. . . ." (As in marriage and "fellowship.")
11:1-4 "For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus . . . or another gospel . . . ye might well bear with him."
John 10:8 "All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them."
"You’re not perfect, Tom. Nobody can be perfect."
Matthew 5:48 "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."
Luke 6:40 "The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master."
Hebrews 6:1-3 "Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection. . . ."
"Tom, not ALL sodomites are rapists." (In whose opinion? Where does it say that?)
[If a man's desire is to justify the evil, then it is not appropriate in his opinion to point out that ANY sodomite is a rapist!]
(but they are:)
Genesis 19:1,4 ". . . the men of the city . . . compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people. . . ."
v. 5 "Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them."
6-9 ". . . now will we deal worse with thee, than with them . . . and came near to break the door." [I think that's rude!]
[Is the problem here that Lot was too rude to them?] (See verse 7 again and judge for yourself.)
[Judges 19:16-25 ALL these sodomites WERE RAPISTS!]
"Well, at least the ‘pope’ is working for peace." (The ‘pope’ doesn’t want a piece of it: he wants it all!)
Luke 16:13-15 "Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God." ("They have a spiritual need." -- Alberto Rivera)
"We've heard it already, Tom; you don't need to keep going over it." (Obviously I do!)
Jude 5 "I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this. . . ."
Galatians 1:9 "As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel . . . let him be accursed."
"But Tom, you have to do it in love!" (If you do it RIGHT, you will never be accused of doing it IN LOVE.)
Ezekiel 33:30-32 ". . . they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness."
2nd Timothy 3:1-7 "For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women. . . ."
SOME GODLY EXAMPLES Spoken by the Holy Spirit (and the Lord never called any of these men "rude.")
Exodus 32:1-19 ". . . and Moses' anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them. . . ."
[How rude!] (But the Lord never said one word against Moses for having done it! He just replaced them.)
34:1-4 "And I will write on the tables the words that were in the first tables which thou brakest. . . ."
[The Lord would get angry himself later, and break a few things.]
John 2:13-17 ". . . and overthrew the tables. . . . The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up."
[Is the Lord "rude?"]
Matthew 3:17 "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." [How about Moses?]
Numbers 12:3 "(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)"
Jeremiah 44:7-13 ". . . ye provoke me unto wrath with the works of your hands . . . that ye might be a curse. . . ."
[Jeremiah told them the truth, but they didn't want to hear it.]
vs. 16-17 "As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us . . . we will not hearken unto thee."
[Jeremiah was too rude for them, but the words were God's.]
(Jeremiah 1:6-10 "Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.. . . .")
James 4:4 "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?" [How rude!]
Matthew 3:5-7 ". . . he [John Baptist] said unto them, O generation of vipers. . . ." [Now, that's rude!]
[and the Lord justified this man.]
11:7-11 ". . . Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John. . . ."
[The crowd thought John was rude. Not only did the Lord justify John, but He called those people the same thing.]
12:34 "O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things?"
v. 24 "Ye blind guides. . . ."
vs. 25,27,29 "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!" [That is rude!]
23:13-15 "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!"
vs. 23-33 "Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?"
Isaiah 56:10-11 "His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter."
[What is this people's problem? seeing the Lord is "rude" to them!] (An example:)
1st Kings 22:8 [Ahab] ". . . but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil."
Isaiah 30:8-10 "Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things. . . ."
[That is, "Don't be rude! Tell us nice things that don't upset us."] (But what were we told?)
2nd Timothy 4:1-4 "reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears."