Petty Wars

Petty Wars

Our days are few, and are far better spent in doing good, than in disputing over matters which are, at best, of minor importance. The old schoolmen did a world of mischief by their incessant discussion of subjects of no practical importance; and our Churches suffer much from petty wars over abstruse points and unimportant questions. After everything has been said that can be said, neither party is any wiser, and therefore the discussion no more promotes knowledge than love, and it is foolish to sow in so barren a field. Questions upon points wherein Scripture is silent; upon mysteries which belong to God alone; upon prophecies of doubtful interpretation; and upon mere modes of observing human ceremonials are all foolish, and wise men avoid them. Our business is neither to ask nor answer foolish questions, but to avoid them altogether; and if we observe the apostle’s precept (Titus 3:8) to be careful to maintain good works, we shall find ourselves far too much occupied with profitable business to take much interest in unworthy, contentious, and needless strivings…Let us be peacemakers, and endeavour to lead others both by precept and example, to ‘avoid foolish questions’.

– C.H. Spurgeon, from Morning and Evening – Matt Tan/ Burgundy

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2 thoughts on “Petty Wars

  1. I have been burdened lately and asking the Lord if this has begun to plague the universal church with a new fury. What does the world think when we allow our disagreements to divide us publicly? The things we disagree about may be important, but are they the MOST important thing (1 Cor. 13:1, 13)? We need to pray so diligently for spiritual leaders. We never rise above making mistakes. And we ALL need to carefully search our hearts at all times. And we ALL need to remember that a fallen world is watching us and love is our distinguishing characteristic (John 13:35).

    • Amen! We should be far more preoccupied with what’s important, such as examining ourselves before the Lord, and asking ourselves, ‘am I walking in the fruits of the spirit? Am I walking in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control?’ These are the important battles.

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