People in sin do not like hearing “negative” preaching. Itching ears prefer “smooth words and flattering speech” (Romans 16:18). People who object to a consideration of false conclusions which arise from common misconceptions about sound doctrine are probably unaware of the fact that their complaint is with both uninspired as well as inspired preachers.
Not only does the inspired apostle Paul set the record straight about the Jews’ misconception that they were exempted from God’s judgment because they were His “chosen people” (in Romans 2:17-29), He also responds to questions, objections, and false conclusions (in Romans 3:1-8).
A precise and accurate understanding of truth oftentimes requires answering specific questions which may arise, addressing objections which may be raised, and refuting erroneous conclusions which may be drawn. A sloppy comprehension of God’s word is riddled with peril and is unbecoming of such a precious commodity as truth.
From all the dialogues Paul had with Jews in the synagogues he visited (see Acts 17:2; 18:4, 19), he had become thoroughly acquainted with the typical questions, objections, and false conclusions they raised to the gospel’s pronouncement of universal condemnation (the problem solved by the gospel).
Beginning in Romans 3:1-8, the inspired writer addresses these matters and answers all false doctrines found therein.
Paul truly was set for the defense and confirmation of the gospel (Philippians 1:7).