Acts 19:37 (KJV)
For ye have brought hither these men, which are neither robbers of churches, nor yet blasphemers of your goddess.
Barnes Notes writes,
“They had not used harsh or reproachful language of Diana. This had not been charged on them, nor is there the least evidence that they had done it. They had opposed idolatry; had reasoned against it; and had endeavored to turn the people from it. But there is not the least evidence that they had ever done it in harsh or reproachful language. This shows that people should employ reason, and not harsh or reproachful language against a pervading evil; and that the way to remove it is to enlighten the minds of people, and to convince them of the error of their ways.”
Here is a lesson for the modern believer when dealing with those of different beliefs; we must not attempt to destroy them, or ridicule and attack them. The weapons of our warfare ought to be reasonable, gracious, and kind while, at the same time, bold concerning the truths of Jesus Christ.
If they are threatened, let it be through the power of our Saviour and not the demeanor of our persons.
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Acts 19:37 If They Are Threatened
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