The apostle Paul is defending himself; and it is yet to be determined what his penalty will be for preaching the gospel to the hard hearted religious leaders who hated Jesus. Accusations are hurled of “Heresy”, and maybe to the religious Jew, with their strict adherence to the Law; it probably was. None the less the gospel of Jesus Christ is the truth.
Hear Paul’s defense (Acts 24:10-21)…
“But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets: and have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.” Acts 24:14-15 (KJV)
Paul did not deny the heresy charges, but rather confirmed what he believed concerning the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Romans 9:32-33).
Paul had not changed his belief’s concerning the Law and the Prophet, he had only received the One of whom the Law and the Prophets had spoken. His name is Jesus the Messiah of Israel; and that is not what the religious establishment wanted to hear.
Thing we Christians need to realize is that no matter what kind of thing happens in our lives we must be ready to present the gospel of Jesus, without fear, favor or compromise. On trial for our faith? Share the gospel. Laying in a hospital bed? Share the gospel. Stopped for speeding? Respect the officer, and share the gospel. Before the traffic court Judge? Take your medicine, and share your faith – if not by words, at least by your actions toward the verdict. You get the point.
Your life; whether there is a chaotic event, or no specific event in your life; is a witness. Make it a good one. When your life testifies to the genuineness of your faith, then share the words.