The "Loving Ones"


"But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance." (Matthew 3:7-8)

The "Loving Ones": "Now John, we know that the Pharisees are lost, but your meanspiritedness and viciousness is just uncalled for. You're going to lose your audience! Your words breathe no genuine compassion for the lost. They come for baptism, and you imply that they shouldn't even be there! How do you know that some of them have not repented? Your words not only turn off the lost ones around you, but they turn off your brothers in Christ! Although your doctrine is correct, I don't want to be associated with someone who has such an attitude. Good bye."

"But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised: and that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we might have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: to whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you." (Galatians 2:3-5)

The "Loving Ones": "Come on now, Paul. Not even for an hour? How can you expect to dialogue with them to sort things out when you won't even open the door to them for an hour? Perhaps they have been misunderstood or taken out of context. Maybe they're just not wording things right and need to be called as brothers to repentance for their wording errors. But you call them 'false brethren' and even judge their motives by saying that they are 'spying out' your liberty! How meanspirited and vicious! Why don't you give them the benefit of the doubt, at least during the time that you discuss things with them? After all, they do preach that the righteousness of Christ alone is the only ground of salvation, and they do claim to have repented from dead works and former idolatry. Aren't these the kind of people that we need to hear out, instead of hastily judging them? Although your doctrine is correct, I don't want to be associated with someone who has such an attitude. Good bye."


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