Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will.  The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.  The former proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.  What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.
Yes, and I will rejoice,
Christ is proclaimed and in that I rejoice, yes and I will rejoice. I take people to task for false doctrine, as did Paul. One thing I always hear is but you are being judgmental. Or people mistake that because I am adamant about the importance of one doctrine or another I figure that there are no Christians in that other church, or that you can’t be saved in that church that teaches the opposite. That is not the point though. No I rejoice that Christ is preached, and I have the utmost confidence that the Gospel works despite our best efforts to obscure it. And I rejoice that Christ is preached, same as Paul rejoices.
I rejoice when a Baptist family is fortunate enough to see the baptism of their 8 year old son or daughter. That doesn’t mean I am going to let them off the hook for not having baptized their child much sooner, like the first Sunday after the child was born. It is sinful to deny your children the grace of God, and shameful. I am just thankful that the child managed to live long enough to experience that grace in baptism. Of course I will also take that Baptist family to task for blaspheming the name of Christ with their false teachings regarding the Baptism he gave us, teachings that rob baptism of the comfort to be found in the gospel. I still rejoice when despite everything they have been taught and teach, they hold on to the gospel they heard 50 years ago when their pastor gave a sermon series on the cross.
The funny thing is, is that wherever Christ is preached the Gospel does break through. And in that we can rejoice. It doesn’t mean though that we should stop being vigilant about the gospel and its purity. False doctrine still has its ill effects on people. It robs them of comfort, undermines the gospel and drives people away from Christ. So may I rejoice in your salvation, don’t expect me to condone false doctrine.