1 Corinthians 15:14-15 KJV
And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
There is an saying that either Christ is God in the flesh, or He is a liar. Paul said as much about his own ministry. Either Christ is truly risen from the dead or else he must be judged a false witness, a liar.
The argument worked for some time simply because many people
- Were not bold enough to call Jesus a liar
- Were not brave enough to declare Christ did not rise again
Not so now. Modern and respectable people are clearly willing to call Jesus a liar and judge the Apostles as false witnesses. College professors mock the idea of the resurrection with admittedly weak arguments but they do so before large classes of approving students.
We are truly living in perilous times for people of faith. It is not a day to give up. Nor is it a day to get crazy with zeal. It is a day
- To seek the filling of the Spirit
- To find boldness from the Lord and
- To clearly, spiritually and with an honest heart, speak up for Jesus Christ.
God will convict the hearts of men and women today as He has always done. We must be willing instruments in His hands.