Ephesians 6:19, 20
“[Pray] . . . for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, . . . that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak,” Ephesians 6:19, 20.
Fear is one of Satan’s greatest tools. Since Americans have historically been raised in Christian ethics, there is a tendency to be polite and acquiesce to the strangers among us.
They have not been trained to acquiesce to us. They are here by the millions to evangelize us into their false doctrines. We must be polite, but when God’s truth is under fire, we should boldly defend the truth.
God leaves believers on earth for the purpose of bringing in the sheaves. Jesus asked the rhetorical question in Luke 18:8, “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”
This prophecy, which implies there will not be a lot of faith, does not give Christians permission to be slack on the job just because we may become a minority. We are children of the King. We represent the King in His domain.
Paul taught Christians to be hospitable and generous to the lost. But, when it comes to Jesus and His truth, there is no reason for the saved to be apologetic. “And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city. Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves” (Matt. 10:14-16).
We must be polite but not apologetic. Wise as serpents and harmless as doves.