We Cannot But Speak, by A.W. Tozerby A.W.Tozer on May 30, 2014
We Cannot but Speak
"Peter and John answered...We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard"Acts 4:19-20
In this unfriendly world, is our Christian deportment too fearful and cowardly? Is this generation guilty of the sin of silence?
The Bible has much to say in praise of prudence, but it has nothing but condemnation for the coward! It is also plainly taught in the New Testament that the soul that is too timid to own and confess Christ before men will be denied before the Father in heaven.
It is apparent that Christian men and women are not speaking out as they should when the Enemy stalks into the very sanctuary and pollutes the holy place! Fun and frolic, films and fiction, Hollywood ideals and religious entertainment, big-business techniques and cheap worldly philosophies now overrun the sanctuary. The grieved Holy Spirit broods over the chaos but no light breaks forth.
Could it be that too many of God's true children—and especially the preachers—are sinning against God by guilty silence? Those who do speak up on the side of Truth will pay a price for their boldness but the results will be worth it!
Lord, I pray for Hollywood filmmakers, secular businessmen, and unscrupulous politicians. Impress upon each one their need for a Savior—and then help them to change the world through their godly influence.
—Mornings with Tozer