Set for the "Defense of the Gospel"???

Cecil Willis

The "campaign speaker" for one of the big promotions that some of the brethren put on told the brethren beforehand what kind of preaching to expect. He said: "I do want to set your minds at ease and tell you I do not believe in name calling or being hypercritical of people or groups of people ... My sermons are planned in a positive way, preach the gospel as clearly and positively as possible."

This brother simply announced beforehand that this would be a campaign of compromise. His preaching, if he preached like he said he would, was very unlike that about which you read in the New Testament. Paul and the other apostles never hesitated to criticize a false religion or to call the name of a false teacher.

December 2, 1971