The other day I went on a hike through the woods, and came across a pack of Bloodhounds sniffing the ground. After watching them for a moment, my curiosity got the better of me. “What are you doing?” I asked the dog closest to me. He paused to answer me, “Why, I am on the trail of something really big! So I am tracking as well as I know how.” Of course, I was now more curious than ever so I asked him, “What exactly is it you are tracking?” The dog, growing impatient with my questioning, was still kind enough to answer me. “I am tracking Truth. I am on the scent of it, and soon, I think I will find it!” So I asked the dog, “What are you going to do once you find the Truth?” He got a very serious look on his long face and answered me, “Well, I think that once I find it, I will pretend I didn’t and just keep on looking.” As you can imagine, my curiosity was now at a fever pitch. “Why would you do such a thing?!? Don’t you want to keep the Truth once you find it? Don’t you want to share it with your Bloodhound friends so they can stop looking and enjoy the Truth with you?” “Oh no!” responded the dog, “If I let everyone know I found the Truth, they would think I am an arrogant dog since I found it and they did not. They would bite me for claiming I found what they too were looking for. And if they find the Truth and let me know about it, well you better believe I will bite them! It is better for all if we simply pass over it and keep on looking. Better that than to be considered arrogant or get hurt!”
Does this sound familiar? It is exactly what is going in modern society. If someone is bold enough to stand on the Word of God and proclaim the truth of the Gospel (repentance and the forgiveness of sins in Jesus’ name), they will get bit. They are considered to be arrogant. Holding stubbornly to the Truth is no longer seen as a good thing, it is just seen as stubborn. Standing up and confronting those who are teaching error isn’t seen as being bold for Christ, it is seen as being contentious and immature. The very same folks who say they admire Spurgeon and Luther for their boldness denounce modern-day counterparts as being divisive. It seems as though nobody remembers Paul confronting Peter (Galatians 2:11) or realizes that in the same place we are told not to be arrogant we are also told to rebuke those who contradict sound doctrine (Titus 1:7-9). Even sharing the truth of the Gospel is seen to be intrusive and pushy, not something done out of genuine concern and obedience to Christ. How is it that in our modern “wisdom” we have decided that we should be sitting down with those who teach false doctrine (or completely denounce Christ altogether) and having a conversation as to what we have in common? Is unity of more value than truth? Can it be true that looking for the Truth is admirable but finding it is arrogant and exclusive? Is obedience to our Lord to be abandoned and civility pursued? I know, I know, just the rantings of yet another immature cretin who holds to Biblical truth, not caring who he offends. How immature!