THE CHURCH Must NOT COWER by Connie Giordano "There is a time for the preachers of the gospel to show as much of the boldness of the lion as of the wisdom of the serpent and the harmlessness of the dove. When the adversaries of Christ's cause begin to be daring, it is not for its advocates to be timid. While there is any hope of working upon those that oppose themselves they must be instructed with meekness, but, when that method has long been tried in vain, we must wax bold, and tell them what will be the issue of their opposition. The impudence of the enemies of the gospel, instead of frightening should rather embolden its friends; for they are sure that they have a good cause, and they know in whom they have trusted to bear them out." -Matthew Henry. Acts 4:13 says - "Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John..." Acts 4:29 says - "And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto Thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak Thy word." Acts 4:31 says - "...and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness." Acts 9:27 says - "...how he had seen the Lord in the way... and how he had preached boldly..." Acts 9:29 says - "And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus..." 2 Corinthians 3:12 says - "Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech." Philippians 1:20 says - "...that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness...so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body..." What the Church needs more than ever is boldness - boldness to speak "as they ought to speak" (Ephesians 6:20). What we - as individual believers - need is the boldness that - ...is evident to all ...is given by the Lord in answer to earnest prayer ...comes as a result of being filled with the Holy Spirit ...results from having a revelation of Jesus in one's life ...causes us to use "great plainness of speech" ...and brings honor to Christ. We must not allow anything to stand in our way of speaking the Truth for God. The sinner is bolder than ever in his blatant sin - and getting bolder every minute. The Church cannot and must not cower or hide. We must not allow any form of criticism or confrontation to stop us. Instead, we should allow the Holy Spirit to turn it all into more fuel for our fiery zeal. Matthew Henry said it in this way - "Suffering in a good cause should rather sharpen than blunt the edge of holy resolution." Oh Saints of God! It's time like never before to sharpen the edge of our sword! Let's be determined to speak the truth and stand for righteousness against the floodgates of Hell - no matter who likes it or is offended!.. © COPYRIGHT Connie Giordano - All Rights Reserved.