“A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.” (John Calvin)
I am head-over-heels in love with my wife. I cherish, adore, and appreciate her. We have been together for more than eight years and married for more than three. Nothing can deter my sincere, covenantal love for her. She could do nothing that would make me not love her.
Since the above is true, if someone belittles or attacks her, they will experience my wrath. What kind of husband would I be if I remained silent as my wife was being attacked? I would be a coward. It would reveal that I don’t truly love her or, at the very least, had a severe lapse in character.
So it is with God’s Word.
The Bible is attacked from every angle. Some deem it no more than a fairytale, many proclaim it is riddled with errors, and others have utter disdain for it. And we, as Christians, should not sit idly by while God’s Word is attacked from the left and right. We must defend it.
That’s not to say God needs defending. He surely doesn’t. God will defend Himself, as He answers to nobody. Defending it is more so for us. What do we really believe about His Word? Are we willing to risk everything over its truthfulness? Even more, are we willing to die over its claims?
Friends, we would be cowards if we stayed silent when the Bible is attacked. Scripture is inerrant, which means it has no errors. It is completely perfect because God is completely perfect. Staying silent while the Bible is attacked reveals more about our character than it does about the reliability of Scripture.
If we remain silent, we must ask ourselves these questions:
- Do we believe what the Bible says?
- Do we believe God is true and good?
- Do we fear man rather than God?
When we keep silent while Scripture is scrutinized, it might reveal we are not trusting in God but in ourselves. It might mean we need to repent of a deep fear of man. Even more, it could mean we don’t really believe what we say we believe about the Bible. At that point, some heart-checking needs done.
Holy Scripture will never cease from being attacked. The big question is this: will we speak up when it happens? Will we stand up and plant our feet firmly on the truthfulness of Scripture and say, unequivocally, that we believe God’s Word is our highest authority?
These are trying times. Now is the time to stand firm on Scripture and not back down from its truths. Society will not take kindly to our stance, but we are not attempting to please society, but God. We will not stand before culture when we die, but the sovereign God of the cosmos. Siding with Scripture is not the popular position to take, but it’s the most faithful one.
Christian: will you speak up?