The Truth is not an extreme. It is just the truth. The truth is a yes or a no and no maybes. An extreme exists when brethren seek to “bind” that which God does not bind. An extreme also exists when brethren seek to “loose” that which God does not loose.
Some seem to have trouble discerning the road from the by-paths. That seems to be the same trouble Judah was having as recorded in Jer. 18:15. “Because my people hath forgotten me, they have burned incense to vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their ways from the ancient paths, in a way not cast up.” Sometimes the bypaths deceive because they have been much used. For this reason many today are found in the by-paths simply because “we have been doing it this way for these many years” as if the practice of the brethren is the standard of authority. But often the practice of the brethren is only “a way not cast up.” Because the by-path may be well worn and show marks of much use is no sign that it is the ancient path. It only serves to show that departures from the Way of Truth have been often and many.
In the church today we have two extremes. On the one hand we have those who see no harm in anything provided it is called a good work. In this particular extreme no scriptures are cited for us because in some things they say, “there is no pattern.” On the other hand there are those who know the truth and know what the Lord expects us to do and how and who is to do it. But they say and do not. There is no zeal to mingle with their knowledge and so the job is not done. They are long on theory but short on results. This too is sinful. “Therefore to him that knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin” (Jam 4:17). Which is worse, to act without authority or to have authority but fail to act? They are both wrong. They are off the road. From these two extremes there is no middle course. The Laodiceans were the so-called “middle-of-the- roaders” of the day. They made the Lord sick (Rev. 3:16). The Lord said he wished they were either hot or cold, one or the other. At least he would know how they stood.
Today there are many “undeclared” brethren on the vital problems and issues now plaguing spiritual Israel, which is the church. These brethren think evidently that you can just take it or leave it on these matters. They generate no real respect from those who have declared themselves one way or the other. They are indeed between a rock and a hard place. They fear reprisal, loss of prestige, and the frowns of the “area” paper or the anathema of the “area” Sanhedrin. They purport to be sound but the only sound we get is an uncertain one. Paul said in 1 Cor. 14:8, “For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle.”
When it comes to God, we either choose to obey God and live or we choose to disobey God and die. It’s a yes or a no and no maybes. If we waver to and fro we are cast about with every wind of doctrine and are rejected by God. As Paul said, “But as God is true, our word toward you was not yes and no” (2 Cor 1:18). Choose this day whom you will serve. If it’s the world, eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow you die. If it’s God obey the gospel and remain faithful to it.