Matthew 10:14 – “Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words – go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet.”
I recently had a good conversation with a Protestant (Baptist) family member, we did a little bit of debating too. One of the things that remained with me afterwards though, was his use of Matthew 10:14… it was used so frequently, I can hardly even remember the context of ONE of its uses!
In any case, I’m curious, how does one argue against a seeming lack of interest in discussing anything challenging? If we start talking about an issue that would be a challenge for a Catholic and a Protestant to discuss… he just falls back on Matthew 10:14, like it doesn’t matter! “Nope… once you’re saved, you can’t ever lose it. You don’t agree? Well, that’s too bad… but I’ll just shake the dust off my shoes and move on!”
It just seems too easy to use Matthew 10:14 as an excuse to not learn or even discuss. Or worse… too easy to condemn people! When we discussed another family member who we are both concerned about, I was again referred to Matthew 10:14… like, “Just forget about ‘em, shake the dust off your shoes and move on… some people are meant to be lost.” I don’t really understand that thought process very well.
So let me know what you think… about Matthew 10:14 specifically if you can!
May the Lord be with you!