by Andrew McQuitty

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How to Stand Tall for the Truth (7 of 20)
E. Andrew McQuitty
Acts 4:1-22

He feared God so much that he never feared the face of any man (tribute paid to the great reformer John Knox of Scotland).

Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; for we cannot stop speaking what we have seen and heard. . . we must obey God rather than men (Peter, Acts 4.19; 5.29).


Introduction: How to stand tall for the truth

Everybody gets a chance at bat

In every age the Church of Jesus Christ must decide what role it will play in the ongoing culture war of morality. In 1933, German Christians faced the decision of either resisting Adolf Hitler's maniacal eugenics program and facing persecution as a result, or accommodating Hitler to preserve their own status and comfort. They chose accommodation, and in the next twelve years nearly thirty million people were exterminated. At the end of World War Two, the leaders of the German Evangelical Church issued this wrenching self-indictment: We know ourselves to be one with our people in a great company of suffering and in a great solidarity of guilt. With great pain do we say: Through us endless suffering has been brought to many people and countries. . . We accuse ourselves for not witnessing more courageously, for not praying more faithfully, for not believing more joyously, and for not loving more ardently.

Let's don't strike out!

The culture war of morality continues today, and you and I also face tough decisions. Will we as the church resist the pro-abortion, pro-euthanasia, pro-sodomy, pro-promiscuity, and pro-socialism mentality of the secularist left and face persecution as a result, or will we accommodate this insanity to preserve our own status and comfort? Before you answer, consider another searching question: When the praise or disdain of our contemporaries is spent, and our lives ...

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