One thing among many that I enjoy about genuine Christian ministry is how the Lord uses an array of methods to distribute his message. Some saints are more low-key about how they share the gospel while others are more intense, sociable, and energetic about it. Regardless of the personal method preferred, I’ve seen the Lord use a variety of them to effectively reach who he wanted to reach at the particular time he wanted to reach them.
Another thing I have also noticed is that no matter what legitimate method is used to reach the lost for Christ, there will be some critic somewhere who will oppose it in some way. They may conjure up all kinds of reasons to take swipes at God, his word, and his people simply because the gospel does not fit within the narrow confines of how they think religion should be. So they will tout their ungodly philosophies and personal beliefs as superior to Christianity, and demand saints respond with “How high?” whenever they say “Jump!”
But, of course, that’s not what God would want. If you were to meet their demands, it still would not satisfy them and it would most likely just embolden them to make more demands. We’ve seen it happen in our day. Several decades ago, liberal feminists criticized the church for being too male-centered, too “patriarchal.” So some churches caved to their demands to put liberal feminists in pulpits instead of making sure they were spiritually mature, Bible-centered, Holy Ghost-filled women. Fast forward to today, and now we have liberal feminists who aren’t satisfied with being in the pulpit. They have created their own “Women’s Bible” to reflect their “feminist values.” And we as saints know what God said he would do to anyone adding to or taking away from his word.
However, this mentality of knocking God’s saints for doing ministry according to God’s commands is nothing new. Jesus exposed the ungodly men of his day for trying to impose their ungodly assumptions onto both John the Baptist’s ministry and his own ministry despite differences in both of their godly methods:
31 And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like?
32 They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.
33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil.
34 The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!
35 But wisdom is justified of all her children. Luke 7
God-haters demanding we bow to their narrow-minded views are like immature children in the marketplace of ideas. If we are truly God’s children, we will justify and honor his wisdom regardless of the method he prefers. Since our detractors are determined to whine about us not doing things their way no matter what we do or how we do it for the Lord, we might as well stick to carrying out God’s will and dismiss their immature, worldly-minded, scathing judgments.