Summary: Reflection upon the rightness & wrongness of Christian thinking. Allowing the congregation to be stirred up by deciding if all preaching is just vanity
"Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, ’Where have I gone wrong?’ Then a voice says to me, ’This is going to take more than one night.’" (Charlie Brown)
I Must Have Been Wrong. Rhodes Friends 3-25-2012
Since I must have been wrong, I must apologize.
Since I must apologize, I must do it Biblically.
I was naïve enough to think that things could be different and changes would take place by the authority of God’s word and in the power of the Holy Spirit. But I was wrong.
Ac 24:1 ¶ And after five days Ananias the high priest descended with the elders, and with a certain orator named Tertullus, who informed the governor against Paul.
Ac 24:2 And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, Seeing that by thee we enjoy great quietness, and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence,
Ac 24:3 We accept it always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness.
Ac 24:4 Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto thee, I pray thee that thou wouldest hear us of thy clemency a few words.
Ac 24:5 For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:
Ac 24:6 Who also hath gone about to profane the temple: whom we took, and would have judged according to our law.
Ac 24:7 But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands,
Ac 24:8 Commanding his accusers to come unto thee: by examining of whom thyself mayest take knowledge of all these things, whereof we accuse him.
Ac 24:9 And the Jews also assented, saying that these things were so.
Ac 24:10 ¶ Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself:
Ac 24:11 Because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem for to worship.
Ac 24:12 And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man, neither raising up the people, neither in the synagogues, nor in the city:
Ac 24:13 Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me.
Ac 24:14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:
Ac 24:15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
Ac 24:16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.
Ac 24:17 Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings.
Ac 24:18 Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult.
Ac 24:19 Who ought to have been here before thee, and object, if they had ought against me.
Ac 24:20 Or else let these same here say, if they have found any evil doing in me, while I stood before the council,