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Handy Excuses You Can Use to Avoid being Rebuked About Your Doctrine
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Written by: C. W. Booth

The following is a list of readily available excuses you can use to sidetrack those who would wish to rebuke you from the Bible or to refute your doctrine with Scripture. This list will be particularly helpful if you already know your doctrine is biblically flawed because you will not be confused by the truth.

Warning: use of excuses such as these is habit forming. Do not use these tactics if you desire to ever have a sincere friend point out possible weaknesses in your theology or belief system.

 

When someone says, "Can you tell me what Bible verse says what you just said?", tell them: (insert favorite excuse from the following list)

 

Excuse

Bible Reference

1

Oh, Iíd rather not get into an argument.

Jude 1:3,4

2

Itís in the Old Testament, I just canít remember where.

1Timothy 1:7,8

3

Only the very spiritual can see the proper interpretation of that verse.

Romans 15:14

4

Oh, so youíre a "biblicist", eh? [Note: "biblicist" is one who believes that no spiritual activity, song, or other practice is permissible unless it is literally described and actively endorsed in the scriptures. A "biblicist" would find Christian dramas to be problematic for example. Those who wish to silence sincere inquirers that ask for Biblical references can derisively accuse the inquirer of being a "biblicist" in the hopes of embarrassing them or intimidating them into retreat.]

Colossians 3:9

5

What are you doing, judging me? The Bible says not to judge one another.

1Corinthians 5:3-7

6

All you want to do is find fault with everything and everyone. Putting down others is how you have fun, isnít it? Thatís what the Pharisees were guilty of.

2Corinthians 7:9

7

What is your problem, the Bible says we are supposed to be of the same mind and live in harmony. Calling me a false teacher is not living in harmony, now is it?

1Corinthians 1:10-12

2Timothy 2:24-26

8

Donít be such a hypocrite, you make mistakes too.

Galatians 6:1

9

Read the book by that really popular author, he says the same thing I say.

Ecclesiastes 12:12

10

You just always think youíre right donít you?

Proverbs 30:6

11

Just pray about this new doctrine and meditate on it like I did, and youíll see the truth soon.

Matthew 4:4

12

Hey, I do not answer to you. If my church or my pastor have a problem with what I am teaching, let them correct me.

Galatians 6:1

13

Pastors and evangelists are "Godís anointed" and you are not supposed to criticize or touch "Godís anointed".

1Timothy 5:19-21

Galatians 2:14

14

Look at all the giants of the faith that have endorsed the teaching in this book--who are you that you think you know more than they do?

Proverbs 9:9

Psalms 119:99

15

Every time you criticize my teaching you are guilty of giving an evil report. God will judge you for giving evil reports.

Ephesians 5:11-13

16

My teaching is based on my Bible study and the leading of the Holy Spirit. When you say my teaching is "wrong" you are blaspheming against the Holy Spirit. Youíd better be careful you donít go to hell.

2Timothy 2:25,26

1Timothy 1:7

17

You owe me an apology because you hurt my feelings with your unkind accusations.

Luke 6:29

18

When you criticize my teachings you insult my character. You should apologize.

Matthew 15:12-14

19

The Bible says that if you loved me you would believe me.

Ephesians 4:14,15

2Timothy 1:7

20

Why are you picking on such a minor error? Havenít you got anything more sinister to expose?

1Corinthians 5:6

Galatians 5:8-10

21

Canít we just agree to disagree and never speak of this again?

2Corinthians 11:3,4

 

This was an attempt at a bit of humor, however, let us also be warned by it as well: this was humorous only because it is familiar. We have all heard these approaches to evading confrontation. Let us also then be obedient to the Word, and expose these excuses to the light of His Word so that those who hide behind the defenses of deception may also be exposed to the light. How will they ever "come to their senses" (2Timothy 2:25,26) if someone does not correct them?

Always keep this in mind, there are only two seasons for using the Word to reprove and rebuke those who contradict the Word: the in-season and the out-of-season. It would appear that there is no off-season.

"I solemnly charge youÖpreach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction." 2Timothy 4:1a-2



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