Pharisees were Offended
“Then the disciples came to him and asked, ‘Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?’”
In this age of secular humanism where mankind says they determine their own fate and future, not God, we as Christians are susceptible to their attempts to convince everyone that truth is “relative” to what is going on in society, and so it changes with the times. We are urged to be tolerant of everyone for every reason. No-one must be “offended”. We are told that everyone must be “included” and not “confronted” in any way about anything.
While we must certainly treat those who do not agree with us with respect, kindness and gentleness, we must be very careful not to compromise on Who we know is Truth – the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Jesus makes it very clear that He is the only way, the only truth and the only life. He assures us that no-one gets to the Father except through Him (see John 14:6).
Peter preached this truth about Jesus in Acts 4:12 when he said, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Isaiah quotes Jehovah, Father God, in Isaiah 43:11 as saying, “I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior.”
Ask the Father to give you wisdom and courage through His Holy Spirit so that you will be able to stand firm in the Truth, Jesus.
Pray for those who are offended.
Dive Deeper: Study Matthew 15:1 – 16:4.