EVERYBODY ISN'T GOING TO LIKE WHAT WE'RE DOING. GET USED TO IT,' SAYS BIBLE PROFESSOR
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (March 11, 2015) – The author of a new Bible commentary offered insights on responding to false biblical teachings during a visit to California Baptist University on March 10.
Dr. George Guthrie, a Bible professor at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., is a New Testament scholar and author of a commentary on II Corinthians being published soon. He spoke to faculty and students from the CBU School of Christian Ministries and area pastors.
Guthrie looked at Paul's response to false teachers in II Corinthians 2:14-16 to determine how today's believer should respond.
Paul was confronted with a situation where false teachers had come to Corinth and infiltrated the church with a different gospel. Paul wrote II Corinthians as a guide that can be followed for authentic ministry, Guthrie said. First, believers need to be thankful and confident in God.
"We need to have large understanding of what it means to be in Christ," he said. "When we're dealing with false teachers, we start with a posture of being confident and thankful in our relationship with God."
Believers need to keep proclaiming the gospel, even when they run into conflict or difficult situations, Guthrie said. Why can Paul be confident and thankful in the midst of a difficult ministry moment?
"Because he is confident that he is called by God," he said. "He's called by God to a very significant task in the world, and that is to make the knowledge of God known everywhere he goes."
Believers also need to understand that the gospel and ministry will divide people, between those who are being saved and those who are not, Guthrie said.
"Stay united with God, walk with God, let him give you perspective. We need to keep proclaiming and incarnating the good gospel even when things get dicey," he said. "We need to understand that authentic ministry at times functions as a divide line. Everybody isn't going to like what we're doing. Get used to it."