According to the Paul, the man of God must fight the good fight. According to Machen, “God has always saved the church, not by theological pacifists but by sturdy contenders for the truth.” According to Wilson, “You don’t want change unless you want a fight.” According to the Golden-Tongued, “We must not mind insulting men, if by respecting them we offend God.”
According to Bayly, “Here we are, on the ropes clinging to one another, with refs who call a foul if anyone throws a punch! What is required are refs who pull the men apart, push them back into the middle of the ring, and command ‘Fight on!’
Fact is, men who can’t or won’t argue can’t and don’t counsel, teach, or preach because they’re ignorant of man’s errors. And therefore, ignorant of God’s Truth, also. They never correct, admonish, or rebuke because they’re too afraid of pain to parry and thrust.”
Blows from a friend are precious. Judgment begins in the household of God.
Caesar faced an enemy that outnumbered his forces 5 to 1. He saw that the enemy was soft. His men attacked their cosmetics and routed them in bloody glory.
According to Jesus, “What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind? But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft [effeminate] raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings’ courts. But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet.”
Compromising truth for the sake of relationship is the essence of effeminacy.
There is no new prophesy today, nobody given prophesy to speak to God’s people or God’s enemies. The foundation has been laid.
But there are men who labor in prophetic work. How? Their material is the prophetic Word which has been laid down for the saints. Their mode? Saying what ought to be said when folks don’t want to hear it.
Their words are not new, but they are unwanted. And they are received as have the prophets of old been received.
Blessed are the peacemakers.