“Sometimes I get the feeling the whole world is against me, but deep down I know that’s not true. Some of the smaller countries are neutral.” Robert Orben
The Scriptures are full of examples where conflict occurs among the people of Israel and the Church. Twice in the New Testament we read of the Apostle Paul in disputes with Barnabas and the Apostle Peter. In his dissension with Barnabas the issue was over opinions involving John Mark (Acts 15:36 – 41), but with Peter the dividing issue concerned doctrine and hypocrisy (Galatians 2:11 – 21). In the first instance some scholars believe Paul was simply being stubborn and rigid; in fairness it should be stated that Paul and Silas were successful in their missionary endeavors. In the second case the Apostle Paul was absolutely right in standing against Peter and his actions.
Certainly there should be opposition within the Church concerning the teachings of false doctrines especially regarding salvation, sexuality, and hell just to name a few. But when opposition takes place within the Church because of blind loyalty, arrogance, insecurities, money, and a thirst for power it reveals a deep seeded carnality that is surely displeasing to God. The word “oppose” literally means to do the opposite by acting against as a hindrance. In the Christian realm it isn’t unusual to find individuals who deliberately turn from truth and reality rather than deal with issues honestly. All too often numerous Christians are willing to overlook these issues because of likability, charisma, friendships, and other costs associated with accountability.
So how do we overcome the opposition both in and outside the Church?
- Always stand for the Word of God and truth.
- Humble yourself before God, and believe that He will deliver you through all trials.
- Trust and obey. Stay the course God has set, and be courageous with a hope that those who oppose you will have a changed heart.
- Pray continuously!
Joshua 1:7-9 (ESV) Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
“It’s time for the Church to wake up and sing up, preach up and pray up and never give up or let up or back up or shut up, until the Church is filled up or we go up. Amen.”