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at the same time "Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the
Church of God".
The apostle gives a further statement in explanation in verse 33, and shows the secret
of safety in an otherwise dangerous pathway, "even as I please all men in all things, not
seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved", this being
followed by the remarkable words, "Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ"
(11: 1). We give place to none in our insistence upon holding fast, and standing fast, yet
feel the need of our text lest we be led in mistaken zeal to rob God of His glory by
offending some by our manner or methods.
The Perils of Peace.
"Beware of False Prophets."
pp. 28 - 31
How we have longed for peace! How many things have been deferred "until peace
comes"! The contrast is so great, the relief so deep, the thankfulness so full, that we shall
not look with much favour upon anyone who lifts a warning voice. And yet peace has its
perils no less than war. One thing remains unchanged though all things else have altered,
and that is the heart of man. While most would admit that war is a product of the flesh,
many may doubt either the wisdom or the truth of saying that peace too may be but
another of its works. Let us remember that the present state of peace is only truly named
as it is seen in contrast to the past state of war--it does not indicate, truthfully, the
character of the age; whether the nations of the earth be at war or are at peace, the age is
one, and the age is evil. In times of peace, as in times of war, the carnal mind is enmity
against God; the proclamation of peace will not mean that this world has altered its
attitude toward Christ or the Word. So it comes about that we seek to write a word of
warning, lest the perils of the present time should overtake any of our readers and find
First among the "perils of peace" we place false prophets. We use the term in a lower
sense than the scriptural one, and do not mean that miraculous powers will be manifested
just yet. Newspaper articles, religious leaders, thinkers and speakers, press, pulpit,
platform and pamphlet, have voiced a common theme, a growing ideal, an evolution of
man upward toward some lofty goal. Scripture draws a decided line between the
visionary and the true prophet:--
"The prophet that hath a dream let him tell a dream: and he that hath My word let him
speak My word faithfully, what is the chaff to the wheat? saith the Lord."
"Behold I am against the prophets, saith the Lord, that steal My words every one from
his neighbour. Behold I am against the prophets, saith the Lord that smooth their
tongues, and say, He saith."