Posted by: SandreS | August 6, 2013

No Small Disturbance (Acts 19:23)

There came, at that time, not a little stir about the way (Young).
There arose during that season no small disturbance concerning the Way (Rotherham).

For the truth-seeker, life is filled with heart-rending controversy. After all, scriptural truth always runs contrary to religious and social traditions. My entire life has been filled with controversialists. It began at a very young age as I took the study of Scripture seriously, and truths uncovered therein as essential – regardless of the implications or costs. Such a diligent approach is a guaranteed life of controversy.

As peacefully as we endeavor to live with all men, God’s servants always have been embroiled in controversy. It is a part of the hardness that a good soldier of Christ Jesus must face, standing against the flow of a world that piously worships a god of their own making, and truths of their own liking.

As much as we long for peace and tranquility, truth thrusts us into a battle that is as old as humanity itself – “Yea, has God said?” Well do those of us who have dared to stand against such railing accusations against the truth of God understand the straightforward statement of our Lord,

Do not suppose that I came to bring peace to the earth: I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s own family will be his foes (Matthew 10:34-36, Weymouth).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

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