Faithful Christians love others and will seek for their good in this life.
Faithful Christians love others and care about what happens to them after they die.
Faithful Christians love others and teach them about their sin and need for a Savior.
Faithful Christians love Jesus and want to honor Him publicly.
Faithful Christians refute false teaching for the sake of love for others and love for Jesus. Faithful Christians will receive opposition in this life. God will publicly honor His people no matter how much dishonor they face in this world.
Should Christians argue about theology? What is the difference between being argumentative and arguing?
" Sadly, too many Christians and churches in our day do not like being hated by the world. And so they compromise. They do not do what Stephen was doing in verses 9-10. They try to convince themselves that Gospel ministry does not have to include preaching about sin or even speaking the name of Jesus or arguing against false teaching. They rationalize to themselves that all they have to do is say they are Christians and show everybody how many nice things they do in the community. "Oh, we will feed the poor and get involved in social justice" that is Gospel ministry," they say. "We will transform the culture," they say. "
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" If you truly love other people, you will sometimes end up forcefully arguing against ideas they have that are destructive to themselves and to those around them. If you do not love them, you will simply turn to flattery. You will say, yes, to anything they want."