Take A Hard Stand


You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion is not from him who calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole lump. I have confidence in the Lord that you will take no other view, and the one who is troubling you will bear the penalty, whoever he is. But if I, brothers, still preach circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been removed. I wish those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves! — Galatians 5:7-12

Ok, I love this little section. Because sometimes, I think we get the impression that Christian leaders should only be soft, thoughtful, and meek. Yet nowhere in this letter does Paul sound that way. He comes out of the gates at full bore with his pedal to the metal. And right here, he revs the engine up a notch. Therefore we get to see his drive, grit, and determination as a man of God. And he is going to say some tough things. For example, he basically tells the opposition that if they want to enforce circumcision, they shouldn't stop there "they should go ahead and cut off their junk." But don't be confused. He didn't take this tone in defense of himself but in defense of the gospel message and its grace for all men.

So I want to be straight with you today. I think these words are an indictment of two groups of men. First, to any man or teacher who ever adds anything to the gospel of God's grace. God's saving grace needs nothing more from us. Yes, God wants us to be obedient. But our obedience adds nothing to his saving grace. Second, I think Paul's tone and approach here are also indictments of men who have been too soft on standing up for the gospel truth. This includes men, husbands, fathers, leaders, and pastors who are complicit in being soft by avoiding specific texts of the Bible or interjecting their ideas into the Bible. When we do this, we castrate the gospel of its truth. And this is a heinous crime against a God who extends grace to all men. And honestly, you don't want to get into a battle with God. You will lose.

So fellas. We need more men like Paul in our time — driven, gritty, and determined men. But the only way to be this man is to do what he did. You have to get into the gospel truth. And then you have to live out as God requires. And as you get to know God's grace and truth, you'll be able to take a stand for him.

ASK THIS: Where in your life as a man, husband, father, leader, or pastor have you been too soft on the gospel?

DO THIS: Declare it below, and let's pray for truth and courage together.

PRAY THIS: God, give me the courage to believe your truth precisely as it reads. And then give me the courage to stand for your truth.

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17 thoughts on “Take A Hard Stand

  1. Chad Husted says:

    Was just having this conversation with my wife today as we try… and fail to offer encouragement and help and good news to family and those close to us. It seems we relate to Jesus when he said a prophet is without him or is his own town. Paraphrase.
    It seems those we care about the most are the most resistant to the message of truth and hope. It’s a battle, but we must not give up or be afraid of what they may think of us. Tell the truth straight, with love and grace- trust God for the result.
    May we have courage to speak up!

  2. Jeff Falley says:

    Help me not to be afraid of what other people think. Help me be bold to speak the truth with compassion.

  3. Eddie Ackerman says:

    I used to just correct my children when they were wrong before, but now that the two oldest have been baptized as believers, when I correct them, I try to tie EVERYTHING back to the truth of The Bible. When they are afraid, I remind them that God has not given them a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and self-control, for example. If any other earthly father out there hasn’t done this, I recommend building on your Bible knowledge and doing this also, best way to make disciples in your own home is to disciple your children.

  4. Dennis says:

    I love this devotional Vince! It calls men out! We need to stand, times are becoming more and more difficult and we are being tested. I cannot help but to feel that God is using this time to separate the wheat from the chaff. Yeshua doesn’t need spectators, we need to be men that are getting into the arena. I am continually looking to see males become men. We are born male but we are made men.
    Psalm 16:8-11 I have set the LORD before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let Your holy one see corruption You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

  5. Garrett Linville says:

    With the postmodernism society we are in we need to stand even more bold than before. Just like the churches of Galatia, we are in a present age where man is trying to distort the gospel of Christ with claiming their truth is the only truth that matters. But, there is only one truth that has the power and authority from God. That is the death, burial, and reserecction of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. I pray we can be even more bold and courageous with advancing this truth, because without this truth everything else leads to death.

  6. CJB says:

    All too often I have the chance to stand up boldly and declare my faith, yet I do it meekly if even at all. Praying for the strength and courage to all things boldly, in His name.

  7. David Josker says:

    Nothing to add, Nothing to take away. God’s word is perfect as written.
    God help me to share your word as it is written, the truth and only the truth.

  8. Cory D says:

    As an alcoholic I meet with other men that have the same issue. Many times I am too soft with the gospel when we talk. No more. The Word saved me and that message needs to be stronger as I move forward with my guys.

  9. Tom Fredericks Sr. says:

    Powerful. Oh God help me always to be an ambassador of the freedom you DIED to give us! Freedom to live our lives free from the filth and sinful contamination in this world. It WAS for freedom that Christ set us free! Thank you Jesus!