Scoffers, scoffers everywhere! What’s a Christian to do?

Posted on June 10, 2011

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One thing is for sure, we live in an age in which there’s no shortage of people who openly scoff at the Bible. If you talk very much about Scripture, chances are you’ve encountered some of those people. It’s to be expected though. After all, Peter warned us about them nearly 2000 years ago.

2 Peter 3:3-6 NKJV
knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts,  and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as  they were  from the beginning of creation.”  For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water,  by which the world  that  then existed perished, being flooded with water.

Knowing that scoffers are to be expected, we shouldn’t be surprised when they appear. The question however remains, how should you handle them? Before getting into that, there are some things that you need to understand about these scoffers.

The first thing to understand, is that any person who can scoff at the Word of God obviously does not believe it, and probably doesn’t even believe in the existence of God. The Bible has a name for such people.

Psalms 14:1
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”

There you have it, the Bible calls one who denies God a fool. Now I don’t use that word to be insulting, I use it because it’s the Biblical name for an atheist. Also, it is necessary as a reference to a piece of Scripture I will use later.

The second thing to remember is that when the scoffer launches his attack, he is not rejecting you, he is rejecting God.

1 Thessalonians 4:8
who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.

Next, you should remember that these people have been given over to debased minds, and according to Peter, they are willfully ignorant. They will believe what they want, regardless of the evidence or consequences.

Romans 1:28
even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;

In fact, their response to the truth is usually just mean spirited, insulting, and void of any substance. Therefore, it is important to remember not to repay evil for evil, and to love your enemies.

Romans 12:17
Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.

Matthew 5:44
I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,

Remember, it is the proclamation of the truth that triggers their ridicule in the first place. Typically you are simply expounding a Biblical truth, and these people, who are not even the target, feel the need to tell you how stupid you are. Since you have already proclaimed the truth, it’s up to the Holy Spirit to convict. There is nothing more you can do at this point, their hearts are hardened and their minds debased, and you’ve done all you can do. Once you have logically presented the truth, to try to argue any further will just distract you and keep you from productive, fruitful work. It’s just best to heed the advice of Scripture.

Proverbs 26:4
Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Lest you also be like him.

Let them keep talking if they want, they’ll just dig a deeper hole. No one has been able to destroy the Word of God yet, and no one ever will.

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