CHRISTIANS CONDEMN CHRISTIANS
When any Christian has begun to live
holily, to be fervent in good works, and to despise the world, in this
newness of his life, he is exposed to the attacks and contradictions of lax
or cold Christians.
But if he perseveres and gets the better of
them by his endurance, and faints not in good works, those very same persons
who before hindered him will now respect him; for they rebuke and hinder him
so long as they have any hope that he will yield to their perversity.
But if the Christian perseveres and makes progress, the lax Christians turn
round and begin to say, "He is a great man, a holy
They honour him, and bless and laud him
just as that multitude did which was with the Lord in the days of His
flesh. They first hindered the blind men that they might not cry unto
Him to restore their sight; but when they continued to cry so as to attain
to be heard and answered, that same multitude now sayeth, "Jesus
calleth you" and they who a little before rebuked them that they should
hold their peace now use the voice of approval and exhortation.
So, thus, the good Christian must continue
in his good works in spite of rebukes from the cold disciples of