Fighting for the Truth
But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews? Galatians 2:14
suggested further reading: 1 Timothy 6
When a sin deepens and spreads because of silent acquiescence, we must deal with it. If we only respond after the illness has become deep-rooted, we will be too late.
When those who corrupt God’s truth by adding their own inventions are drawing others to themselves and attracting a large following, it is time to arm ourselves for the fight. If we have shown ourselves cold and indifferent to the problem and then finally decide to act, God will not bless us with his grace. Let us be warned, therefore, that when evil increases and becomes contagious, or when one person corrupts another, we must vehemently oppose them. This not only applies to errors that corrupt pure gospel truth, but to all corruption and vice.
However, when it comes to heresies and wicked perversions of the truth that distort everything, we should react as if we have been punched in the stomach, for in what does the life and well-being of the church consist if not in the pure Word of God? If someone poisoned the meat that we needed for food, would we tolerate it? No, it would make us strike out!
The same reasoning applies to the gospel. We must always raise our hands to defend the purity of its doctrine, and we must not allow it to be corrupted in any way whatever. If we tolerate corruption, or make it a laughing matter, then subsequently try to deal with it, we will be surprised to find that God has shut the door on us and that Satan has won. That is a just reward for our cowardice and coldness for failing to be prepared to heal the sicknesses which corrupt and infect the body of the church the moment we saw them arise within her.
for meditation: Sometimes it is difficult to discern whether pointing out and confronting an aberrant teaching will root it out or simply compound the problem. If the heart of the gospel is threatened, however, silence is not much different from approval. The gospel must be preserved, even if it means unpleasant confrontation.