The Christian and Criticism


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The Christian and Criticism

  1. 1. The Christian and Criticism
  2. 2. Even Mosesand Jesus wereharshly criticized.
  3. 3. Criticism is painful,and Satan can use it to his advantage.
  4. 4. Criticism of Paul
  5. 5. Paul was accused of having:1) A fleshly attitude.
  6. 6. 2 Corinthians 1:17 [17] Therefore, I was notvacillating when I intended to do this, was I? Or what I purpose, do I purposeaccording to the flesh, so thatwith me there will be yes, yesand no, no at the same time?
  7. 7. 2 Corinthians 10:2 [2] I ask that when I am present I need not be bold with the confidence with which I propose to be courageous against some, who regard us as if wewalked according to the flesh.
  8. 8. Paul was accused of having: 2) A weakleadership style.
  9. 9. 2 Corinthians 10:10[10] For they say, “His letters are weighty and strong, but his personal presence is unimpressive and his speech contemptible.”
  10. 10. Paul was accused of having:3) An unremarkable speaking style.
  11. 11. 2 Corinthians 10:10[10] For they say, “His letters are weighty and strong, but his personal presence is unimpressive and his speech contemptible.”
  12. 12. 2 Corinthians 11:6[6] But even if I am unskilled in speech, yet I am not so in knowledge; in fact, in every way we have made this evident to you in all things.
  13. 13. Paul’s Response
  14. 14. Paul’s Critics Were Seeking Approval Through:1) Outward Appearance.
  15. 15. 2 Corinthians 10:7[7] You are looking at things as they are outwardly. If anyone is confident in himself that he is Christs, let him consider thisagain within himself, that just as he is Christs, so also are we.
  16. 16. Paul’s Critics Were Seeking Approval Through: 2) Comparison with others.
  17. 17. 2 Corinthians 10:12[12] For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding.
  18. 18. Paul’s Critics Were Seeking Approval Through: 3) Commending themselves.
  19. 19. 2 Corinthians 10:18 [18] For it is not he who commends himself that isapproved, but he whom the Lord commends.
  20. 20. Proverbs 27:2[2] Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.
  21. 21. Paul’s Response Paul did not fear critique,
  22. 22. 1 Corinthians 4:3-5 [3] But to me it is a very small thing that I may be examined by you, or by anyhuman court; in fact, I do not even examine myself.
  23. 23. Paul’s Response and knew all that mattered was the approval of God.
  24. 24. 1 Corinthians 4:3-5[4] For I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord.
  25. 25. 1 Corinthians 4:3-5 [5] Therefore do not go onpassing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lordcomes who will both bring tolight the things hidden in the
  26. 26. 1 Corinthians 4:3-5darkness and disclose themotives of mens hearts; andthen each mans praise will come to him from God.
  27. 27. Final Thoughts From Acts 7
  28. 28. When we are criticized, we should: 1) Look up.
  29. 29. When we are criticized, we should: 2) Stand up.