This is a weekly series with things I’m reading and pondering from Oswald Chambers. You can read the original seed thought here, or type “Thursdays With Oswald” in the search box to read more entries.
Stay Away From Controversies
That is the danger of putting theology first; it leads a man to tell a lie in order to be consistent with his point of view. …In a theological dispute the theologian is apt to put his point of view in the place of God. …Only one man in a thousand can maintain his spiritual life and controvert; he may increase his intellectual vim, but he does not increase his spiritual grasp of things. Dr. Alexander Whyte put this better than any other when he said:
“…Eschew controversy, my brethren, as you would eschew the entrance to hell itself. Let them have it their way; let them talk; let them write; let them correct you; let them traduce you; let them judge and condemn you; let them slay you. Rather let the truth of God suffer itself, than that love suffer. You do not have enough of the divine nature in you to be a controversialist.”
Augustine prayed: “Heal me of this lust of mine of always vindicating myself.”
When David was attacked he prayed: “I cry out to God Most High, to God, who vindicates me” (Psalm 57:2).
Who cares what others say? Who cares if you “lose” the argument? What does God say? Let Him —and Him alone — vindicate you.
I’m trying to stay out of arguments. How about you?