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“The Plain Truth!” (A Study of 2 Corinthians 4:1-3)

13 Jun

Friends: If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that my friend Frank (in New Jersey) and I have been doing an email Bible study for over a year. We read the same chapter every day for a week — and then send a brief email of encouragement to each other. We’ve completed most of the epistles of the New Testament — and it’s been a great discipline for both of us.

We’re now working our way through 2 Corinthians. Here’s my outline for several verses in chapter four:

Years ago a false teacher by the name of Garner Ted Armstrong had a very popular preaching ministry called “The World Tomorrow.” His magazine was called “The Plain Truth.” The father Herbert W. and his son (Garner Ted) denied the doctrine of the Trinity (as well as other cardinal truths of the Christian faith). The false doctrines of Armstrongism are detailed here. After the death Herbert W. Armstrong, the cult moved more in the direction of orthodoxy as described here.

What brought Armstrongism to mind is the expression of Paul in verse 2 – “We set forth the truth plainly.” Notice the following elements about

“The Plain Truth” (A Study of 2 Corinthians 4:1-3)

I. This is a ministry we have through God’s mercy and, therefore, we should not lose heart (v. 1)!

II. The message that we preach is not based on secret and shameful ways (v. 2).

III. Our proclamation of the gospel is not with deception or distortion of the Word of God (v. 2).

IV. Rather, we set forth the truth plainly with a good conscience (v. 2).

V. We recognize that some, those who are perishing, have veiled minds to the gospel (v. 3)

Today’s Challenge: I don’t know who you are trying to reach with the gospel, but let this passage be an encouragement to you! Don’t lose heart and realize that only God can un-veil the minds of those who don’t yet believe!

 
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