Bible Passage:Gal 1:10
For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
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Paul would here say: Does it not appear sufficiently unto you by my preaching, and by so many and so great afflictions which I have suffered, whether I serve men or God? Do I not show plainly enough by my preaching that I seek not the favor or praise of men, but to set forth the benefit and glory of God? Neither do we seek the favor of men by our doctrine; for we teach that all men are wicked by nature and the children of wrath. We condemn man's free-will, his strength, wisdom, and righteousness; but we preach that we obtain God's grace by the free mercy of God only, for Christ's sake. This is not to preach for the favor of men and the world. If I sought the favor of men I would not condemn their works. But I show God's judgment out of His Word against all men, how that they are sinners, and that they are not made righteous by works or by circumcision, but by grace only and faith in Christ. The false apostles must needs seek to please and to flatter men, to the end that they may live in peace and security of the flesh. They teach the things which are of men, that is to say, wicked things, or else they allow the blasphemies and wicked judgments of the adversaries, contrary to the Word of God, against their own conscience, in order that they may still keep the favor of princes and bishops, and enjoy their goods. But I desire only that my doctrine may please God, and by this means I make men my mortal enemies.
Sure I must fight, if I would reign!
Increase my courage, Lord;
I'll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by Thy Word.
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