Crazy Christians

Four examples of crazy Christians in the New Testament:

Acts 26:22-26 
(Paul to governor Festus:) 22 To this day I have had the help that comes from God, and so I stand here testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass: 23 that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.” 24 And as he was saying these things in his defense, Festus said with a loud voice,
(Governor Festus to Paul:) Paul, you are out of your mind; your great learning is driving you out of your mind.” 
(Paul to governor Festus:)25 But Paul said, “I am not out of my mind, 
most excellent Festus, but I am speaking true and rational words. 26 For the king knows about these things, and to him I speak boldly. For I am persuaded that none of these things has escaped his notice, for this has not been done in a corner.

1 Timothy 6:3-5 (Paul to Timothy about false teachers:) If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. 

John 10:20-21 (Jews, after Jesus gives His “I am the good shepherd” speech:) 20 Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?” 21 Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”

2 Corinthians 5:13-15 (Paul encourages the Corinthian believers:)
13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for Him who for their sake died and was raised.

Conclusion: Paul was a crazy Christian – he got himself arrested and taken before the king on purpose. Or was he crazy? He may have had a plan. Timothy says the truly crazy ones are those who seek to use godliness for gain, and tells how we can recognize them. Jesus himself was accused of being crazy – what was the argument that he wasn’t? His works. So, when should we be content to be called crazy? When the love of Christ controls us.

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