The world does not care to hear of the church’s controversies

New Testament: Acts 18.14–16

To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 18 on July 14, In the year of our Lord Christ 2021

By Don Ruhl 

Think of the Jewish leaders bringing Christ to Pilate, a Roman, in Jerusalem. He was not familiar with the matters that the Jews wanted him to judge. You can tell that he did not know what to do and just tried to please them. Another Roman in Acts 18 did not know of matters of the Jews and their religious laws, and he said so: 

And when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a matter of wrongdoing or wicked crimes, O Jews, there would be reason why I should bear with you. But if it is a question of words and names and your own law, look to it yourselves; for I do not want to be a judge of such matters.” And he drove them from the judgment seat.

– Acts 18.14–16 

It is that way today. The world has no interest in hearing our squabbles over doctrinal issues. So why do we expose the world to them? It just turns them away from the church and the truth. 


  • Do you tell unbelievers of the bad things that go on in your church? 
  • Do you bring secular politics into the church? 

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