Christian Pilgrim


138. Preach Christ of Contention

Philippians 1:15-17 – “Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: the one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: but the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.

I have often heard these verses preached and explained saying that the ones preaching “of contention” are such as Billy Graham, who is not quite right, but at least he is preaching Christ, so we should be thankful for him. I don’t think so.

Billy Graham does not preach Christ. He preaches that a man’s own faith in Christ saves him, not Christ as Saviour alone. He is preaching “another gospel” (Galatians 1:6). He “perverts the gospel of Christ” (v.7). “Let him be accursed” is what we should say about him.

People who preach Christ “of envy and strife,” “of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds” are the likes of the National Secular Society and Professor Richard Dawkins. They hate true believers, but the point is that, unlike most of the world which just ignores us, they keep on plugging away at bringing the subject of God into people’s minds. Hallelujah!

The recent bus poster campaign in London (2010) which the National Secular Society funded, stating “There is probably no God” got people talking about God! In response, the Trinitarian Bible Society wasted £35,000 of its supporter’s money on a counter-campaign which has been forgotten about by now. They should have rather rejoiced that Christ was preached, albeit that was not the intention of the secular humanists to do this at all! Praise the Lord! People are talking about God, thanks to the secular humanists!

Even Professor Richard Dawkins in his lectures mentions many truthful things about Christianity, e.g. that Christians believe in the “forgiveness of sins.” What a message! He is doing our job for us! He is not preaching “another gospel” he is telling people what Christians actually believe. We should rejoice at this. We should rejoice wherever truth is found.

Secular humanists are also the first to see straight through the false supposed miracle workers, who claim to be espousing Christianity, but are simply deceiving people. Hallelujah, they are being exposed!

Of course, secular humanists also sometimes make false claims about Christianity, which we should never be happy about. But so do many truly Christian preachers. Wherever truth is preached, we should be thankful. Wherever error is preached, we should be grieved.