Warning – Unpopular Passages May Cause Discomfort!

I was reading this passage the other day and it struck me how very seldom (if ever) we hear passages like this discussed in the modern evangelical world.  While I underlined a few key points that are usually missing from modern preaching, I will not offer much commentary on this other than to point out that Scripture doesn’t back up the “your best life now” notion of prosperity and blessing that has spread from the prosperity preachers into virtually all American preaching.  Sorry, but it doesn’t.  I will let the text, the words of God, speak for themselves:

11 Dear friends, I urge you as strangers and temporary residents to abstain from fleshly desires that war against you.  12 Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles,so that in a case where they speak against you as those who do what is evil, they will, by observing your good works, glorify God on the day of visitation.

13 Submit to every human authority because of the Lord, whether to the Emperoras the supreme authority 14 or to governors as those sent out by him to punish those who do what is evil and to praise those who do what is good. 15 For it is God’s will that you silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good. 16 As God’s slaves, live as free people, but don’t use your freedom as a way to conceal evil. 17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the Emperor.

18 Household slaves, submit with all fear to your masters, not only to the good and gentle but also to the cruel. 19 For it brings favor if, mindful of God’s will, someone endures grief from suffering unjustly. 20 For what credit is there if you sin and are punished, and you endure it? But when you do what is good and suffer, if you endure it, this brings favor with God.

Holiness, submission, honor of those undeserving, love toward other Christians, suffering – these teaching don’t sell a lot of books, and they don’t bring in the money on Sunday morning either.  But this is the Word of God.  Does your pastor preach it?


Note: Text above is from 1 Peter 2 in the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)


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