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The word is "diatribe." And Paul uses this literary convention occasionally in his writing. It is sort of a "verbal attack" on one's opponents! Like when Paul is opposing false doctrine!

A strong rebuke!

In fact, another Biblical term, "jeremaid," obviously coined after the name of an Old Testament Prophet (Jeremiah), means about the same thing as "diatribe." The Bible is a Book that stands it ground, defending the Truth ... against all systems of falsehood! A "jeremiad" is "a list of woes!" Almost "threats!" Against blatant, rebellious sin.

But back to "diatribe." The word has a Latin background. "Tribein" means "to rub." And "dia" means "through." Hence, "to rub something real hard until it has been sloughed away!" To rub it all the way through, to obliterate it!

Where does Paul feel that strongly?

Galatians 1:8-9 provides a classic example. "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed."

That's strong, folks, confrontational! "Accursed" as much as means "let him die and spend eternity in Hell!" That's clearly a "jeremaid," a "diatribe," for sure.

Here's another instance. Again from Galatians. "And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? I would they were even cut off which trouble you. For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another." Galatians 5:11-13, where the "issue" is circumcision. Which is NOT part of God's Plan of salvation! But certain enemies of Paul and the Grace of God he preached, these folks insisted that every "convert" to Christ be "circumcised," all the men. The procedure, "circumcision," literally means a "cutting" all the way "around," pretty much self-descriptive. And Paul is so opposed to anything spoiling the Grace of God unto salvation that he wishes ... the detractors themselves were "cut off!" The verb is "apokopto," Greek meaning "cut all the way off." Drastic suggestion, sarcastic too! And definitely a "diatribe," or a "jeremaid."

I also think First Corinthians 5:11, especially in its entire context, is a "diatribe." Paul is warning the followers of Jesus there to avoid certain kinds of people. He writes: "But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat." Do not even eat with anyone from that crowd!

More: "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?" Second Corinthians 6:14

This too: "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." Second Corinthians 6:17

I am so thankful today that the Bible is "direct" in its instruction and bold in its rebuke of false teaching!

Talk about diatribe, read this: "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." Jesus Himself in John 8:44, to the Pharisees.

But if a man or woman is truly saved, born again, this blessing is applicable. "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Romans 8:1

No more diatribe, "in Christ Jesus!"

              --- Dr. Mike Bagwell


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