Every true Christian must be tired of the constant conflict to which they are continually committed. War is a grueling experience, but this is especially true in case of civil war-war between people of the same faith. Doctrinal conflict with denominational forces may become frustrating, but when that same kind of struggle is with our own brethren in the Lord it leaves us battle torn.
Most of God’s faithful have a burning desire for peace and unity, and an overwhelming yearning for an end of internal conflict among brethren. The psalmist David reflected this desire when he wrote, “How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” (Ps. 133:1). How wonderful it would be if we would all be “endeavoring to keep the, unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:3).
Real peace, enduring peace, has never been the lot of faithful Christians. We were made to be soldiers of the Lord (Eph. 6:10;17). We are ordered to contend for the faith (Jude 3), not to compromise it’s basic principles. We are built up as living stones (I Pet. 2:5), not as soft modeling clay. Our greatest mission is not peace, but purity (Jas. 3:17). And so, without malice for people, indeed with sincere love and good will for all, especially for brethren, we must relentlessly wage a good warfare (I Tim. 1:18; 6:12), not only upholding truth, but also opposing error.
Some brethren who actually believe truth, and who desire no departure, have apparently become so battle weary that they have become obsessed with peace, even peace at any price. This is a destructive and deadly attitude and will, if pursued by many, bring great havoc to the Lord’s church. Some of these are so determined to have fellowship with all brethren, including erring brethren, that they have compromised the doctrine for which Christ died.
It doesn’t matter if a Christian’s battle is from within or without, the war rages on. Whether the battle line be faith only or infant baptism, faithful Christians must contend. Whether the battle line is instrumental music or choirs, faithful Christians must contend. Whether the battle line is church autonomy or institutionalism, faithful Christians must contend. Wherever there is error, Christians soldiers must come to the defense of the truth (Philip 1:15-18)
We must not allow battle fatigue to hinder our overriding objective to seek peace with truth. We must fight on, for this warfare is not really ours but, “the battle is the Lord’s” and it’s a battle that must be won and we shall if we faint not (Gal 6:9).