Offensive. [uh-fen-siv] causing resentful displeasure; highly irritating, angering, or annoying.
Actually according to Webster there are 5 different meanings to the word Offensive.
I have no doubt offended people by my remarks. And…I probably will offend again.
In the world we live in, offending someone seems rather easy. We probably have all offended or hurt someone’s feelings, whether it was intentional or not.
I believe what the Bible says…”Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou BEATEST him with the rod, he shall not die.”
The PSV (Perverted Satanic Versions) change that word BEATEST to PUNISH. You just stabbed your brother with a screwdriver…no dessert for you Johnny! Really?
When do I BEAT my kids? Ask them! They will tell you:
1) If we lie!
2) If we hurt someone’s heart!
3) If we rebel!
We have a LARGE Paddle. We even named the paddle…her name is BIG BERTHA! If you break any of those words you will meat with BIG BERTHA’s wrath across your backside and I don’t mean maybe.
Why number 2? Because, we should be kind to people. It is one of the fruits of the Spirit.
However, is being kind the same as offending someone?
Is the belief that Christians should never offend anyone a biblical guideline?
This supposed guideline could be a result of ideas like the following:
1) We need to avoid offending our weaker brother.
2) We should not offend non-Christians because we might lose the opportunity to witness.
3)Paul stated that we should never offend anyone: “We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed” (2 Corinthians 6:3).
After close examination, we will not only find the guideline of never offending anyone to be unbiblical, but we will also find the supposed biblical ideas used to support it are unbiblical. Taking Scripture out of context to support an idea can be very easy to do, and so we must carefully examine all ideas with Scripture.
If we are defending and living the truth of God’s Word, is it possible to always avoid offending a weaker brother or a non-Christian, and should that be our focus? This article explains why never offending anyone is not a biblical guideline.
Some have pointed to 2 Corinthians 6:3 to justify the belief that we should never offend anyone. Paul wrote, “We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed.” In other words, Paul said he would not offend anybody in anything, right?
Well, the word translated “offense” is προσκοπήν (proskopen), and it refers to an obstacle, difficulty, or stumbling block (the same word is used in 1 Corinthians 10:32). This is perfectly consistent with Paul’s earlier statement to the Corinthians, which warned about becoming a stumbling block to others (1 Corinthians 8:9).
When we read Scripture about not being a stumbling block to your weaker brother or about having the utmost integrity, we must be careful not to extrapolate unscriptural ideas. A closer look at Scripture reveals that if we follow and proclaim the truth of Scripture, we will inevitably offend people!
In Galatians 5:11, Paul stated that he was being persecuted for not preaching circumcision. Instead of preaching circumcision, he was preaching the Cross, which was an offense to those who still held to the law of circumcision. The Greek word translated “offense” in this verse is σκάνδαλον (skandalon), a noun referring to that which causes offense and arouses opposition.
Sadly, even today some people hold to laws rather than the saving knowledge of the Cross. In the Great Commission, Jesus commanded His followers to make disciples. To accomplish that goal, we need to spread the word about Jesus, and we will inevitably run into people that are offended by this message (1 Corinthians 1:18, 23).
When Jesus spoke with the Pharisees, He was more concerned with the truth than their feelings. Jesus spoke the truth, which often aggravated the Pharisees because it conflicted with their beliefs. At one point, the disciples even came to Jesus and told Him the Pharisees were offended by what He had been saying (Matthew 15:12). Jesus answered that the Pharisees’ failure to see the truth right in front of them would be their downfall. Jesus continued to spread the truth, even when it offended people.
Jesus was big on the name calling too: “LIAR, PIG, DOG…”
I heard about a man that was offended and his feelings deeply hurt when his doctor gently told him that he had leukemia. Was it unloving of the doctor to announce this offensive news? Not at all! This was the most loving thing the oncologist could have done for my friend so that he would not only recognize what was wrong with him but he could also seek a cure. If the doctor remained silent because he was afraid of offending him, then this man would have died. In the same way, we must never remain silent for fear of offending the unbeliever when we have an opportunity to share the only truth that can save them from an eternity apart from God.
In all of these instances, the truth is what offended people. Paul taught in Ephesians 6:14 that a Christian’s foundation is the truth of God. Therefore, Christians will offend certain people if they are living by God’s truth.
As Christians, we need to have the utmost integrity in all areas and be careful not to be a stumbling block to a fellow Christian. We should make every effort to live at peace with others (Romans 12:18). This does not mean, however, we will never offend a fellow Christian if, for example, a rebuke is needed. Even though we speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), we might still offend. We must live by the truth of God’s Word, and those people who are living contrary to the truth are often offended. Non-Christians may be offended as well. After all, the message of the gospel declares that they are sinners who need to repent and put their faith in Jesus Christ. In a sense, we need to offend unbelievers in order to witness to them!
Although we cannot keep people from getting offended, we should make sure that it is the truth that offends rather than our attitude, actions, or approach. We must follow biblical principles in all areas. At times, offending is wrong, and at other times, it is necessary. As we spread the truth of God’s Word, we should do so in love, humility, and boldness, making sure we are living by the truth.
“We need to be less confrontational in our evangelism efforts. We need to avoid offending people. You catch more flies with honey that with vinegar, after all.”
I’ve heard this a thousand times and so have you. Sometimes, a fellow-believer expresses their fear of witnessing because they know that sharing the gospel will offend their family, friends and neighbors and they do not want to be the bad guy. We look for ways to share the saving message of Christ without offending those with whom we share.
Take these words to heart: “THE GOSPEL IS OFFENSIVE. If you take the offense out of the gospel, you also remove the saving power of the gospel.”
Paul Said, “And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased. I would they were even cut off which trouble you.” Galatians 5:11-12
I hate to have to do this here…but I know that I have not convinced every one that their PSB (PERVERTED SATANIC BIBLE) is NOT the Word of God. With that said, I must spend a moment to define v. 12, ” I would they were even cut off which trouble you.”
In the PSB, they change this statement to read (please cover your children’s eyes),
“I just wish that those troublemakers who want to mutilate you by circumcision would mutilate themselves.” NLT
“As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!” NIV
“I wish that the ones who are upsetting you would castrate themselves!” CEB
“I would that they that unsettle you would even go beyond circumcision.” ASV
” I wish that everyone who is upsetting you would not only get circumcised, but would cut off much more!” (CEV – Contemporary English Version)
“Why don’t these agitators, obsessive as they are about circumcision, go all the way and castrate themselves!” The Message
” I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off!” NKJV
“I wish those troublemakers would castrate themselves.” NOG
” I wish the men who are trying to unsettle you would emasculate themselves.” NWT The New World Translation (Jehovah’s Witness Bible) has a footnote: “Or “castrate themselves; become eunuchs,” thus becoming disqualified from performing the very law they were endorsing.”*
*That is so stupid. Cut off your penis so you cannot be circumcised…really? That’s like saying cut off your head to prevent a cold or cut off your feet to prevent athlete’s foot! I’m sorry there is just no other way to put it…THAT’S STUPID!!!
ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? What is wrong with these people? Does this sound like a doctrine that Paul would teach? To mutilate yourself…to cut off your manhood? My God, what have we done? Lord, God help us to open up our eyes.
V.12 doesn’t have ANYTHING to do with castration or mutilating our manhood. Go back and read it again in the Bible…the KJV.
If you study this term, “To be cut off” it means to be removed our kicked out. “To be cut off from the land.” Paul is saying in v. 12, “Hey our message is the cross not these vain laws (like circumcision)…ok actually that’s v. 11. 🙂 But v.12 says, “listen if you are offended then leave you are cut off from us.”
DRINKING OF BLOOD FORBIDDEN
Leviticus 7:27 “Whatsoever soul it be that eateth any manner of
blood, even that soul shall be cut off from his people.”
Leviticus 17:10 “And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people.”
Leviticus 17:14 For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore
I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life
of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off.
If you drink blood you no longer liver here…you are cut off!
If you don’t believe that these PSB are dangerous…this man cut off his manhood in the name of religion…he believed his PSB!
This reminds me of a Catholic doctrine,
Catholics believe that God, who in their view by his divine nature cannot change, has united with changing human nature, and therefore with human pain. The “I” of the Second Person suffers and feels pain. He is one with pain through Jesus Christ. Thus Christ’s experience of pain (like all the human acts of Christ like sleeping, crying, speaking) whose subject is the divine Person is an infinite act. This is based on the classic dictum that the acts belong to the Person (actiones sunt suppositorum). It is the Person who acts: It is God who walks, God who talks, God who is killed, and God who is in pain. Thus a Christian who is united to Jesus Christ through pain is one with his infinite act of saving the world.
This also goes together with another dictum in theology: whatever is not united (to the Divine Person) is not saved. Thus, his intellect, his will, his feelings, are all united with the Person, and are all sanctified and redeemed, including pain. Pain is therefore a sanctified and redeeming human experience.
The only scripture that I can find that comes close to supporting this is 1 Corinthians 9:27. But the problem is not with the KJV…the problem is with the PSB.
King James, “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”
NIV, “No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”
NET, “Instead I subdue my body and make it my slave, so that after preaching to others I myself will not be disqualified.”
GWT, “Rather, I toughen my body with punches and make it my slave so that I will not be disqualified after I have spread the Good News to others.”
KJV 2000, “But I roughly treat my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.”
ASV, “but I buffet my body, and bring it into bondage: lest by any means, after that I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected.”
Douay-Rheims Bible (Catholic Bible), “But I chastise my body, and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway.”
ESV, “but I buffet my body, and bring it into bondage: lest by any means, after that I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected.”
WNT, “but I hit hard and straight at my own body and lead it off into slavery, lest possibly, after I have been a herald to others, I should myself be rejected.”
WEB, “but I beat my body and bring it into submission, lest by any means, after I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected.”
NWT (JW Bible), “but I pummel my body and lead it as a slave, that, after I have preached to others, I myself should not become disapproved somehow.”
See the pictures…this is what these kind of false teachings from the PSB…I am going to change that to PSV…they are not Bibles at all but rather versions.
Now, some American Catholics may say, “Oh that’s not true we do not practice beating ourselves.” Well that may be true in America…although I wouldn’t count on it. It is true in other parts of the world. A doctrine that their Pope supports. I will beat myself when I see the Pope doing it publicly…not really, but come on…how can he tell his people to do it and he does not!
The bottom line is…the Bible IS Offensive to unbelievers and PRETENDERS.
Look at 1 Corinthians 1:23-25:
23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
The Jews stumble over the concept of a salvation that is not works-based. The Gentiles see the gospel as folly. But the preaching of Christ crucified is the power of God for salvation.
Peter joined the refrain in 1 Peter 2. In verse 4, he says, “To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,”
Again, we have come to appoint where I must interrupt this article to clear something else up from the PBV.
If we read 1 Peter 2:4-7 in the Bible (KJV):
“4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner”
The Bible is CLEAR…JESUS IS THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE…A SURE FOUNDATION. Right?
Not according to the NIV (1984):
v. 7 ” Now to you who believer, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe believe, ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone,”
Really? A Capstone? What is a CAPSTONE? It is the stone at the top of the pyramid. take out a dollar bill and look at the back. The first question you should ask yourself is, “What the heck is an Egyptian Pyramid doing on the back of a United State’s Dollar Bill?” There is only one thing common to both. The occult. The NIV…your precious PSV…is saying that that “all seeing eye” or “Lucifer’s eye” on the back of your dollar bill is JESUS CHRIST!
Not on my watch…JESUS CHRIST IS THE PRECIOUS CORNERSTONE…A SURE FOUNDATION. These NEW WORLD ORDER SATANIC VERSIONS are ushering in the antichrist…they are setting him up to be JESUS!!! WAKE UP YE FOOLS!!!
Oh, I’m sorry, did I offend thee by calling ye a fool? I’m soor…maybe that word, ‘FOOL’ is too hard, after all the word ‘FOOL’ is used in the KJV 66 times, ‘FOOLS’ 49 times, ‘FOOLISH’ used 52 times, ‘FOOLISHLY’ appears 12 times, ‘FOOLISHNESS’ is used 20 times…so maybe you want an easier word like STUPID.
The pyramid… The Latin surrounding in English reads, “A New World Order Of The Ages.” The Roman numerals simply mean 1776.
The capstone not connected to the top of the pyramid means, “We ain’t even close to being finished with this.
They say that the number 13 is an unlucky number. This is almost a worldwide belief. You will usually never see a room numbered 13, or any hotels or motels with a 13th floor But, think about this: 13 original colonies, 13 signers of the Declaration of Independence, 13 stripes on our flag, 13 steps on the Pyramid, 13 letters in the Latin above, 13 letters in “E Pluribus Unum”, 13 stars above the Eagle, 13 plumes of feathers on each span of the Eagle’s wing, 13 bars on that shield, 13 leaves on the olive branch, 13 fruits, and if you look closely, 13 arrows. And for minorities: the 13th Amendment.
IN GOD WE TRUST was added in 1957. E PLURIBUS UNUM – means “Out of Many One”. All nations will come together under one “God. NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM – It describes then a ture of the organization and means “A New Social Order’ or “A New World Order Of The Ages” or “New Deal”. ANNUIT COEPTIS – “He God Has Favored Our Undertakings.”
The BIG QUESTION — Which God?
There is a skull and bones on the back of US Dollar? Most of our Presidents belonged to a secret organization call The Skull & Bones Society. President George W Bush said, “Yeah, it’s so secret I can’t tell you about it.”
The Spiderweb on the back of the dollar bill is the WORLD WIDE WEB! Not kidding.
Is this a coincidence?
The trap has been set, are you the prey?
A web is what a spider uses to capture his prey. They use different strategies to catch prey: active hunting, waiting in ambush and making and using traps of silk. A web is used to bind people in debt. They are doing all of this through the Internet system by trying to get everybody in the net, and they are actually calling it the “WEB”.
Near the One in the upper left hand corner is an OWL or a SPIDER. An Owl is the symbol of Freemasonry while the spider represents Satanism. Either way it’s not good.
In the bottom left near the one you will see Shiva, the Hindu god known as “the Destroyer”…her hair is in the traditional bun. What the heck is she doing there?
These are not just some crazy conspiracies…on top of the capitol building in Washington DC…is the goddess Columbia. Thus the name of Washington City being changed to Washing, District of Columbia.
There is more but this is not the time nor the place…PLEASE do not be FOOLED. As Christian’s our ours need to be WIDE OPEN and that begins by throwing away your PSV and getting a KJV.
Jesus has been rejected by man, but he is chosen by God as the only hope for the salvation of the world. Verse 8 goes on to describe Jesus as a “stone of stumbling and a rock of offense” to those who refuse to believe and obey the gospel.
We preach an offensive message. It is not necessary that we be personally offensive in that proclamation. We can seek to be kind and loving in our manner. We don’t have to act like we are happy that people are going to hell. As much as is possible, we must let our message offend, not our manner.
But no matter how nice you try to be, the message will offend. And we cannot shy away from that. Our responsibility is to the truth of the gospel, not how people feel about us.
The gospel says some things that people do not want to hear.
The gospel tells human beings that we are sinners who are in rebellion against God. Tell people how good they are and they will love you for it. Give them therapy and feel-good fluff from the pulpit and you can fill an NBA coliseum and write bestsellers. Tell them that they are sinners separated from God by that sin and they will not appreciate you or your message. But you cannot preach the true gospel without confronting human sin.
The gospel tells us that our works will never be good enough. One of my children’s favorite books was “I Can Do It Myself.” I’d rather do a mediocre home-improvement project myself than pay someone to do it perfectly. I did it my way! But the gospel tells you that, in fact, you cannot do it yourself. No matter how many good works you do, how many acts of charity you perform, how many generous gifts you give, it will never be enough. There is no one righteous, not even one.
The gospel tells us that our religion is not enough. Paul told the Jews that their Judaism would not save them unless they accepted Jesus as the Messiah. He told the Gentiles that their gods were idolatrous and empty. Religion will never save. ”Christian” religions that do not proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ damn people to hell while making them feel good about themselves on the way. Paul told the Romans (Romans 10:2) that the Jews had a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. Their religion may have been noble and sincere, but it did not save. Only Christ saves.
The gospel is not ascertained by human intellect and reason. Paul goes to great lengths in 1 Corinthians 1 and 2 to tell us that the truth of the gospel is “spiritually discerned”. That is why the intellectuals often reject the message of the cross. It is only as the Spirit of God reveals the truth of God that anyone can understand the gospel.
The gospel is exclusive. This is what our world hates. If we said that “this is our way” and allowed everyone else to find their own way, no one would care. We offend because we say that JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY. But Paul called those who preach other gospels “accursed” in Galatians and wished that they would be emasculated (Galatians 5:12) for preaching salvation through the law.
I am not advocating boorish behavior by Christians or just being insulting. I am making a simple point. Our message is offensive. Jesus promised it would be. Peter and Paul both experienced it. You cannot remove the offense of the gospel without removing the power of the gospel to save.
We cannot preach the full counsel of God without offending. The gospel brings people face to face with their sin and failure. Our goal should not be to tickle people’s ears and make them feel good. Our goal SHOULD BE to OFFEND and prepare the Saints, AND BRING THE PRETENDER AND THE SINNER TO REPENTANCE.
The gospel that saves is also the gospel that offends! If you are offended by this message…then GOOD!!! Maybe you will find Christ Jesus and make Him your Lord.
God Bless You.