Nehemiah 6:1-3 “I Cannot Come Down”

Nehemiah 6:1-3 (KJV)
Now it came to pass, when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had builded the wall, and that there was no breach left therein; (though at that time I had not set up the doors upon the gates;)
That Sanballat and Geshem sent unto me, saying, Come, let us meet together in some one of the villages in the plain of Ono. But they thought to do me mischief.
And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?

The difference is subtle and one could argue unimportant. Someone might even say it is only a matter of perception.

  • Sanballat, and Geshem said, “Come let us meet together.”
  • Nehemiah said, “I cannot come down.”

The enemies saw themselves as equals; Nehemiah saw them as inferiors.

At the very least, Nehemiah saw the position of the believers as higher than that of the unbelievers.

One of the great devices of Satan, and one that is frequently employed right now, is that of elevating the many religions and, indeed, no religion at all to the same place as Christianity. To imply that the Christian faith is a better faith, a higher faith, or even more true than a different faith is tantamount to hate speech these days.

And a good number of nominal Christians are buying it. Men like Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California have suckered multitudes of churches to come together with Muslims. Hundreds of independent Baptist pastors read, quote and follow the teachings John Maxwell, RC Sproul, Max Lucado and other like them.

We are losing perspective as Baptists. We are coming down to the level of Protestants. And, in doing so, we are lessening the value of the work we do, even if we think we are doing more work.


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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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