Acts 18:9-11 (NKJV Strong’s) “Now the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city.” And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.”
Paul was on assignment and it appears that he may have been apprehensive about ministering, knowing that he would be attacked. But the Lord gave Paul a word to calm him so Paul could complete the work he was assigned to do.
Attacks are common when you strike a cord.
That’s why it takes courage and fearlessness to address the issues of the day and bring truth to bears so people won’t be deceived.
And that’s why true believers get attacked.
The deception must continue and if truth reveals things, the deception is uncovered. Most of the time, revealing the deception will not stop people. They forge ahead, hoping that not too many people will listen to the truth and forsake sin.
Or they use other “means” to stop the truth bearer in an attempt to halt the spread of truth.
But has anyone noticed that when the truth came out, that whatever people have done to stop the truth, utterly FAILED?
God uses people redundantly.
In other words, when the world is somewhat successful in stopping one person, the Lord has someone in reserve to pick up where they’ve left off.
No matter what happens, when truth is released, there’s nothing that anyone could do to stop it.
No one attacks a firefighter when they enter a building to save people from almost certain death.
No one attacks a police officer when they enter a building to protect people from criminals.
But people will attack a preacher or a child of God when they tell people the truth.
Silence is what the world demands.
Keep what you practice inside your house of worship. And then, when you post it on YouTube or other means of visual communications, or to even blog, you’ve stepped into the public arena where others will be “offended.”
But no one told you to click the link.
No one made you click to listen to or read the article.
Voluntarily, you elected to listen to or read the article, then you were offended, and you seek to silence them before others voluntarily click the link to read or to listen to truth.
If you weren’t interested, you wouldn’t bother. But you did.
The 1st Amendment in the United States is the most important Amendment in the Constitution. Without it, people wouldn’t be able to say what they want to say with impunity. Granted, we understand that speech must not incite hatred, riots, and other lawless activities to physically hurt people.
We also understand that certain foolish speech may spark things.
But within wisdom, tact, and purpose, free speech is a blessing.
People in the United States have enjoyed this for over 240 years.
But when you see a concerted effort to destroy free speech because of truth being released, it’s a clear and present danger to any society.
The real enemy are the opponents of free speech that brings truth to bear on certain things and activities involving people. Sadly, people will do everything in their power to protect people that’s involved in certain sins.
But what we’re also seeing is that people entrusted with truth capitulate in fear of lawsuits, violence, and other acts to discourage people from speaking the truth in love.
But those of us that are involve in giving the truth desire nothing less than to put the truth out, even at the cost of our lives, livelihood, and expense.
Jesus gave His life to free people from the guilt and power of sin.
It’s only fitting for us to do the same.
Attacks will continue. We get it.
But we will not run from publishing the truth, that others may be freed by the power of Jesus’ life, death, burial, and resurrection.
Luke 12:2 (NKJV Strong’s) “For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known.”