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The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my imprisonment. (Philippians 1:17)
Paul, as nearly all church leaders have, had to deal with people trying to make a buck with the Gospel. In fact, these guys were thinking they would cause Paul distress in his imprisonment ().
How does Paul handle these people?
He simply rejoices, because Christ is being proclaimed. He rejoices whether Christ is proclaimed from good or bad motives.
But, shouldn’t we judge those claiming to be Christians but pushing Christ for their own benefit? We should simply do as Paul did: let God handle it. He’s more than capable of using their words for His purposes, and He will ultimately judge the situation and people involved anyhow.
And, who knows? What if they later truly turn to Christ?
Pray for them, and ask God to intervene if He deems it is needed. Otherwise, rejoice!
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