The battle is not your’s but God’s


by Mike Ratliff

38 So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God.”
40 They took his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they flogged them and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and then released them. 41 So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name. (Acts 5:38-41 NASB)

Charles Spurgeon wrote the following devotional during that part of his ministry in which he was dealing with the Great Downgrade Controversy. In this controversy he was maligned and ostracized by most of the Baptist ministries in England because he stood firm and refused to compromise the Gospel in order to do what the majority demanded, which was to change the way the gospel was preached in order to be more inclusive with those forms of Christianity that may not believe the same way. In other words, pluralism was a problem in the 19th Century England as it is in our time. Continue reading