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Answering the Charge of Intolerance

Acts 4:12; John 3:16

Today, the charge of intolerance is leveled at anyone who does not respect with quiet acceptance the perversion of our culture.  Peter paid no heed as to how his culture might respond to the truth about Jesus.  What should we think when accusations of intolerance are made?

I.    GOD OFFERS SALVATION from sin TO EVERY SOUL

A.    He has a tolerant side (John 3:16; 1 Tim 2:3-5; Luke 15:1-2; Matt 7:12; 2 Pet 3:9)
B.    His purpose is not advanced by violent force (Matt 26:55, 52)

II.    MANY ARE CHRISTIANS IN NAME ONLY

A.    Anyone can call himself a Christian (3 John 9-10)
B.    Christ knows those who belong to Him (2 Tim 2:19)

III.    MANY MISREPRESENT CHRIST’S PURPOSE

A.    He did not come to make the world a happy place.
B.    He came to save spiritual lives (John 3:16; Luke 19:10)
C.    His gospel deals with real problems (Rom 3:23; 6:23)

IV.    JESUS CHRIST STANDS ALONE IN HIS UNIQUENESS

A.    He brought eternal life (John 3:16; 1 John 4:9)
B.    He is full of grace and truth (John 1:14)
C.    He explained the Father (John 1:18)
D.    He is the only begotten of God: unique in every way
E.    He spoke the truth of God; exposed and rebuked sin
F.    He was killed, in innocence, to fulfill God’s purpose (Eph 3:4-6, 11)
G.   He has redemptive power by His blood (1 Peter 1:18-19)
H.   He was raised to be a sympathetic High Priest (Heb 4:15; Rom 1:4)
I.    His gospel explains His uniqueness to save from sin (Rom 1:16)

The uniqueness of Christianity (the true religion of Christ) is not based on the perfection of its adherents, but on the uniqueness of the Lord Jesus Christ