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  1. MS

    Personally, I sometimes find it hard to tone down my criticism of deceivers and those who are opposed to the truth. I think that this possibly stems back to my being bullied in high school when I was younger. It is maybe the reason why I have very little patience and tolerance for spiritual bullies.

    I reached a point in my life when I realized that these bullies are here to stay and that I either let them push me and others around or I man up, look them straight the eye, and then get ready to fight back if necessary with spiritual weapons like the Word of God, not with fists.

    It is not always easy for me to slow things down when it seems like the other party is preparing to punch me or my loved ones in the nose so to speak. And yet, as you have pointed out, it is always good to be gentle in spirit, yet prepared at all times for a potential attack!

    Thank you for the much needed reminder of how we are to act as we move into uncharted territory that is likely going to prove to be quite dangerous. We need to be as wise as serpents and gentle as doves as CW has pointed out. That is not the easiest thing to do in this world gone mad!

    God bless.

    MS

  2. CW

    Great article, balanced and filled with Scripture. I am reminded of Jesus’ command to the disciples to “Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”

  3. Gary G

    Starting off with my favorite verse Heb. 4:12 KJV, and summarizing many of the discerning verses in one article is a very nice summary of contending for the faith. Contending, as in grappling with or battling with our adversary the devil, through leaders who have been trained in Seminaries and Bible Colleges, and should know better, but are lured away (I believe) by their own lusts. Oh, who has the most and biggest – leaving their first love at virtually any cost, falling into the seeker sensitive trap easing many under their leadership into a false sense of salvation. Lovingly call them at their “game” contenders! Be brave!! The time has come to leave such self serving hirelings my friends. ~ I am so blessed to be at a Church that is getting new “Hymn” books with 800 Hymns! Yahoo!! Yes Hymn books! Wow – the Lord is GOOD!

  4. T. I. Miller

    Love incarnate speaks in Matt. 23.
    What does God say through the prophets about false teachers?
    Genteelness in tone is good. But remaining silent is cowardice not prudence. Silence is willfully defiance against God.
    Letting the wolves attack and devour the weaker of Gods sheep is not glorifying God.
    If your church is built by free market business plans then by all means remain silent.

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