Provoking Opposition

      “When the Holy Spirit convicts of sin, people are either converted, or they don’t like it and get mad” (D. L. Moody).1

      “Preach the Word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:2).

      “Why does the bold preacher provoke opposition? Because people do not like to be disturbed. Henry Ward Beecher, the noted preacher from the 19th century, wrote, ‘There is nothing the world resents so much as for one to carry out a better measure than existed before. A man who would benefit the world must take leave of his reputation first. It never lets him give a boon without first giving him a buffet. If there are a hundred violins together playing below concert pitch, and I should take a real Cremona, and with the hand of a Paganini should bring it strongly up to the true key, and then should sweep my bows across it like a storm and make it sound forth clear and resonant, what a demoniac jargon the rest of the playing would seem! Yet the other musicians would be enraged with me. They would think the discord mine, and not in their own playing.’”2


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  2. The Adult Teacher, Volume XXII, April, May, June, 1948, No. 2, The Gospel Publishing House, Springfield, MO, p. 72