A Voice in the
Re: Tolerance vs Reproof
The fashion now is to tolerate anything lest we gain a reputation of being intolerant. The tender-minded saints cannot bear to see Agag slain (I Sam 15), so they choose rather to sacrifice the health of the Church for years to come by sparing error and evil; and this they do in the name of Christian love.
We are under obligation to disturb all seats of wickedness, and where this is done out of sincere love for God and men, great good is bound to follow. No true work of God will suffer from the prayerful examination of Spirit-filled men. Timidity masquerading as love has allowed useless forms and unscriptural practices to persist in many a church till they have slowly smothered the life out of it and brought it to desolation.
We must not be afraid to inquire. The difficulty, of course, is to do this in a Christian spirit. It is hard to find fault without being a faultfinder or to criticize without being censorious. But we have it to do if we hope to keep the work of God pure in a day of iniquity. -- A W Tozer
"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world." (1Jn4:1)
"Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light." (Eph5:11-13)
"It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you...and you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you...deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus." (~1Cor5:1-5)
"Brothers, if a man is overtaken in a fault, you the spiritual ones
restore such a one in the spirit of meekness, considering yourself,
lest you also be tempted." (Gal6:1 -MKJV)