Summary: This is a sermon to take us to a deep look at what we are doing and what we are being accused of.
Things I’d liked to Be Accused Of.
16 having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
Satan is the accuser of the brethren (Rev. 12:10).
The name Satan means accuser / slanderer / adversary.
If you are going to live openly for Christ in this world, you will be accused of all kinds of things.
If you preach against Sodomy, you will be accused of hate speech.
If you preach on hell, you will be accused of being unloving.
If you preach against sin, you will be accused of being a legalist.
If you preach on liberty you’ll be accused of compromise.
If you preach on the blood you’ll be accused of a “slaughter-house religion.”
I’ve been accused of a lot of things (some true; some false):
Hard on sin /
Soft on sinners.
They accused Jesus of being demon possessed,
A bastard, and a friend of sinners.
He was accused of being a winebibber because He ate with sinners (Mt. 11:19).
As I read through the book of Acts, I see how the world accused the early church and I ask myself,
“Are we being accused of any of these things?” These are things we should want to be accused of…
NOW LETS TAKE A LOOK AT SOME THINGS THAT WERE ACCUSED.
#1 Acts 5:28—Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.
…Behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine...
Has Troutman been accused of filling the neborhood with the doctrine of Christ?
The disciples just wouldn’t shut up
18 and they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.
19 But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.
20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
They couldn’t stop talking about Jesus!
They were like a talking parrot in a pet shop.
A woman was looking at this parrot sitting on its perch and the parrot said, “You’re ugly! Oh, you are so ugly.”
The woman shocked said, “Say what?”
The parrot replied, “You heard me…
You’re ugly.” The woman’s husband got upset and the parrot said to him, “You’re ugly too!”
The husband complained to the pet shop owner and said the bird should be shatter The owner apologized and took the parrot by the throat, thumped him on the beak, shook him while feathers were flying everywhere.
He set the parrot back on the perch and said, “Again, I’m sorry. It won’t happen again.”
After the pet shop owner left, the parrot said to the woman, “Hey you!” She said, “What?” The parrot said, “You know!” Women, you’re ugly
The parrot just couldn’t keep its mouth shut.
Does your fellow worker know that you are a Christian?
We should be accused of spreading the news about Christ.
IN OUR WORK PLACE
IN OUR SCHOOL
AND IN OUR NEBERHOOD. AMEN
I worked at a Trucking company called Howell motor frt. And the lord lay on my heart to buy chick tracts and just put them everywhere. I found myself placing them in uniform shirts, lunch pails, and cases of Beer, in bathrooms, phone booths, and every other place I could find.
It was not long that I was accused of being an idiot bible freak, some called me Noah, and all kinds of making fun. But I want you to know that even thou it hurt to be laugh at but down deep inside I knew I was doing what I knew to do, and that was all that matter.
QUESTION? Are you being accused, or are you being quit?
13 And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.
14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.
15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.
16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: