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When good men do nothing

There is an old saying by Edmund Burke that asserts, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” This is most certainly true for the lives of Christians. It has been said that if we stand still the world and denominationalism will pass us by. Many of us have seen this happen in our lifetimes regarding the church, truth, doing of good, and the souls of men.

What have we seen good men not do?

Pray (1 Thess. 5:17).
Study (2 Tim. 2:15).
Worship (Heb. 10:25).
Edify (1 Thess. 5:11).
Support (Acts 20:35).
Love (Matt. 5:43-48).
Teach (2 Tim. 2:2).
Work (John 4:35).
Give (2 Cor. 9:7).
Show courage (1 Cor. 16:13).
Fight (1 Tim. 6:12).

Certainly you could add many more things to this list, but you get the idea. Christianity is to be an active lifestyle, a work, a passion. If good men do nothing, if Christians do nothing, evil will triumph.

However, doing nothing does not remove culpability. Pilate tried to wash his hands and do nothing, but he could have stood for what was right and released Jesus (Matt. 27:24). What does this mean for you and I? Well, we don’t have to do any of the things we have mentioned. We can stand by and let evil prevail. If we do don’t be surprised when you suffer evil, loose your home in Heaven and find yourself in eternal damnation with those you allowed to win here on earth. Be faithful!

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Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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