Watch the Christian who is always fighting battles, building their life and ministry on the need for continual warfare and always identifying everything that is wrong in other believers. While it is true that we must fight vigilantly against evil, and the evil one, it is not true that we should be continually at war with fellow Christians. There is not one good reason to be in a continual state of conflict with those who also love the Savior.

An old aphorism puts my point very well: “Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves.” Fifty-seven years of life have shown me how true this really is.

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  1. Publius July 10, 2006 at 8:16 am

    Dr. Armstrong,
    It seems to me that this is what characterizes this very blog –attacking people with whom you disagree.
    Only now, the objects of your attack are your former brethren in the Reformed movement.
    Same sin, different targets?

  2. David L. Bahnsen July 10, 2006 at 4:05 pm

    John –
    This is as delightful as any post you have written. You are so right, brother! If “Publius” were to go back to day one and count how many posts you have written “attacking” Reformed people, and how many posts had nothing to do with “attacking” Reformed people, he would owe you a huge apology. In the meantime, keep it all up. As Bono has said, “Don’t let the bastards drag you down”. Those that live their lives on the attack, that are incapable of defining themselves by what they do believe (instead, only by what they do not), are not to be worried about. We have a fresher calling!

  3. Martin Downes July 10, 2006 at 4:48 pm

    I found your Act 3 weekly messenger on polemics very helpful and stimulating. Polemicising can cultivate attitudes and behaviour that are sinful and unloving. I love Schaeffer’s comment, “beware what habits you pick up in controversy”.
    But I can understand Publius’ comment nonetheless.

  4. Joshua Jeon July 15, 2006 at 8:32 am

    Mother Teresa said, “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”

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