John Piper Sermons Controversy Is Essential and Deadly: pastors must not be quarrelsome, they must be kind able to teach and know the art of correcting an opponent with gentleness. 2nd Timothy 2 vs 24-25 “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth”. st. Paul makes us to understand that doctrinal controversies cannot be avoided, they are essential to upholding the truth. However, controversies can be deadly also.
John owen over three years ago concerning theological controversies wrote that ” when the heart is cast indeed into the mould of the doctrine, that the mind embraces. when the evidence and necessity of the truth abides in us, when not only the sense of words is in our heads but the sense of the things abides in our heart, when we have communion with God in the doctrine we contend for, then shall we be garrisoned by the grace of God against all the assault of men i.e in controversies. without this, all our contending is as to ourselves of no value. what am i the better if i can dispute that christ is God but have no sense or sweetness in my heart from this that he is a God in covenant with my soul. what will it avail me to demonstrate by testimonies and arguments that he has made satisfaction for sin if through my unbelief, the wrath of God abides on me?
pastor john piper, wants us to understand that the attitude of most christians towards this two largely depends on which of the two they feel most strongly, is it essential or is it deadly. controversy is essential were precious truth is rejected or distorted, but it is deadly where disputation about truth dominates exaltation in truth. the reason controversies are essential in the face of truth is because, God has ordained that the truth be maintained in the world, partly by human defence.
THE BIBLE VERSES FOR THIS TEACHING.
2nd Timothy 2 vs 24-25
Philippians 1 vs. 7