Several years ago before television, internet and in some areas – electricity, folks would entertain themselves in the evenings by listening to 15 – 30 minute radio programs on the old battery radio. One such program, as I recall was titled “Mr. District Attorney”. It was a popular radio crime drama which aired in the late 30’s to early 50’s. The opening statement defined the creed and duties of Mr. District Attorney. It went something like this – ‘Mr. District Attorney; champion of the people; defender of truth; guardian of our fundamental rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness: And it shall be my duty as District Attorney not only to prosecute to the limit of the law all persons accused of crimes perpetrated in this county, but to defend with equal vigor the rights and privileges of all its citizens”.
It is the God-Given duty of governing authorities of this world to execute judgment on the evil and protect what is good (Rom. 13). It is the law of the land. In like manner, it is the duty of every Christian to uphold and protect God’s spiritual law by defeating the lawless and defending the righteous. Sin is lawlessness (I John 3:4). False teaching is a sin. Paul said, “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed” (Gal. 1:8). He also said, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them” (Rom. 16:17). False teachers indoctrinate others with their false doctrine to the point where it is difficult to teach the truth. Therefore we should condemn and defeat their actions. But, like the prosecutor in our fictitious radio program, we should with equal vigor uphold and support those who preach and teach the truth.
It is sad thing when we read of harmful things some brethren write about other brethren. Often untrue statements repeated by others. Our modern means of instant communication – the internet, websites and Facebook, are excellent tools for teaching and learning, but they can also be used to spread rumors, innuendoes and falsehood with equal efficiency. We should never be guilty of repeating or passing on potentially false and vicious statements without first checking them out to see if what is said is true.
DEFEAT LAWLESSNESS – DEFEND RIGHTEOUSNESS – INCLUDNG THOSE WHO PROCLAIM IT.
By: Jerry L. Jacques