A Lover’s Quarrel: Knowing Who the Enemy Really Is

Garrett’s eighth wish for the Churches of Christ is —

Let us realize who the enemy really is.

I doubt that I need to explain this one. We savage sister congregations that are trying their best to honor God. We destroy the reputations of preachers who are just a smidgin less conservative than us. We rally opposition to institutions that do tremendous good because they dare be less perfect than us.

Yes, we often spend far more energy attacking one another than attacking Satan.

Do you recall the story of Gideon? 

(Judg 7:22a)  When the three hundred trumpets sounded, the LORD caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other with their swords. 

How does God deal with his enemies? By encouraging them to attack each other. We seem to be using the wrong strategy altogether. We may not even be in the right camp.

About Jay F Guin

My name is Jay Guin, and I’m a retired elder. I wrote The Holy Spirit and Revolutionary Grace about 18 years ago. I’ve spoken at the Pepperdine, Lipscomb, ACU, Harding, and Tulsa lectureships and at ElderLink. My wife’s name is Denise, and I have four sons, Chris, Jonathan, Tyler, and Philip. I have two grandchildren. And I practice law.
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