Friday, May 1, 2020

Cited by the ‘Politically Correct’ Police

By Ron Adams

JOHN ...

  • Called some people “liars.”
    • P.C.: He should  have given them the benefit of the doubt.
  • Warned the disciples about not having fellowship with false teachers.
    • P.C.: He should have been more understanding –realizing that such ostracizing is painful to the one shut out.
  • Told Gaius that he’d deal with the bad behavior of  Diotrephes “when I come.”
    • P.C.: He should have been forgiving, and should have instructed Gaius to be more tolerant.
PAUL ...

  • Warned that some members were in danger of “falling from grace” and being “severed from Christ.”
    • P.C.: He should have stressed the loving and forgiving spirit of God.
  • Taught that the goddess Diana (Artamus) was nothing, upsetting the Ephesians.
    • P.C.: He should have been more understanding of their long held veneration of Diana. He should have been aware that beliefs are a personal matter and are sacred to the individual.
  • Preached that the Greek’s wisdom was foolishness in contrast to the wisdom of God, upsetting the Greeks.
    • P.C.: He should have praised the Greeks for their ability to think and reason. He had little regard for their self-esteem.
  • Confronted Peter face-to-face before all, after Peter had acted improperly.
    • P.C.: He should have avoided confrontation and been more understanding and forgiving.
  • Condemned those who were “preaching another gospel.”
    • P.C.: He should have allowed for some diversity. Not all people think alike.
  • Believed he had an obligation to preach the “whole counsel of God.”
    • P.C.: He should have known that such preaching would not be well-received, and turn some followers away.

  • Preached that the Jews were responsible for demanding an innocent Jesus be put to death.
    • P.C.: He should have left off “blame.” No one likes to be blamed. It makes one feel bad and sad.
  • Declared that he (and the other apostles) ought to obey God, not man, upsetting the rulers.
    • P.C.: He should have tried to find some “common ground” through compromise.
  • Charged men to speak “as the oracles of God.”
    • P.C.: He should have made allowances for personal interpretation of Scriptures.

  • Chastised those who said but didn’t do.
    • P.C.: He should have understood that many have good intentions and probably have good reasons for not doing.
  • Charged some members with “spiritual adultery.”
    • P.C.: He should never have used such strong terminology. He should have been more positive, not negative.

  • The most flagrant abuser of political correctness. Healed on the Sabbath and upset the Jews.
    • P.C.: He should have done it on another day and avoided the confrontation.
  • Called the scribes and Pharisees “hypocrites,”condemning their false piety.
    • P.C.: He should have refrained from such condemnation: no one likes to be called names. It hurts one’s feelings.
  • Condemned the scribes and chief priests.
    • P.C.: He should have had more respect for the spiritual leaders, even if they were less than perfect.
  • Criticized the Pharisees and Sadducees, calling them an evil and adulterous generation.
    • P.C.: He should have known that such a combative spirit only turns off those you are trying to reach.
- F.Y.C. is a monthly publication by Ron Adams. Bible references are from the NASB except where another translation is referenced. Back issues are archived at Be thoughtful and kind. All rights reserved. © 2017

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