What? How can I even ask such a question? Because many Christians are offended at the Word of God and I’m going to show you how deadly that is.
Mark 4:16-17 (KJV) 16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.
Notice that these people heard the Word of God and received it with gladness. But they were not rooted in the Word so when affliction or persecution arose for the Word’s sake, they were offended. Just what does that mean?
The word offended in verse 17 comes from the Greek word skandalon which means a trap, like the one used to trap animals. Obviously this is the devil trying to trap a person so they don’t believe the Word of God.
So how does this happen? Let’s say you are afflicted with some kind of sickness. You pray and pray and nothing seems to get better. People try to tell you that God’s Word doesn’t work and you start on believe them based on your experience. You have become offended and even angry because you didn’t get the results you were expecting.
Or, suppose your Christianity comes into question and you’re called one of those people? Do you take offense? This happened to me soon after I got saved. I was teaching sixth grade and one of my students came to me to report that another student had called me a Jesus freak. He wanted to know what I would do about it. I said, “Tell him thank you very much,” showing that it was an honor that someone noticed my love for Jesus! That’s what you must do instead of taking offense when someone tries to belittle you for being a Christian and taking your stand against the evil that’s being perpetrated upon you.
You see, if the devil can get you offended, he is well on his way to getting you to compromise the Word of God and what you believe. And know this: what you compromise to get, you will lose!
Brothers and sisters, we need to fully commit to standing on God’s Word no matter what the circumstances look like or what people say. God’s Word is true and is forever settled in Heaven.
Psalm 119:89 (KJV) 89 For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.