If God loves the world such that He takes pity on our cities, and labors over them, because they are wicked – not because they are righteous (Jonah 4:5-11), how is it possible that we, the righteous, would fight with each other?
God shows common grace, i.e., unmerited favor to all the world. Matthew 5:45: showing mercy and goodwill toward enemies is Godlike. Jesus Himself called it "love" (v. 45). Cf. Luke 10:27-37. Also Psalm 145:9; Deuteronomy 10:18; Acts 14:17.
That's good stuff and I think God calls us to the same; yet we plunge ourselves into never ending accusation of the saints.
I was asked if I thought some of the comments I made regarding MacArthur, TeamPyro, CRN, Slice of Laodicea, Fide-O, etc. was accurate. Right now I'm sticking with yes.
But I am adding that the spirit behind my accusations of them is the spirit that drove them. I have sinned by being flippant, crude, etc.. It's time to repent. God's grace is unlimited. He is our source. And therefore we must demonstrate the same.
John MacArthur writes:
Gentleness has always been God's will for His people. Job 5.11 says that God "sets on high those who are lowly, and those who mourn are lifted to safety." Moses is described as being "very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth" (Num 12.3). And David, the man after God's own heart, wrote, "He [the Lord] leads the humble in justice, and He teaches the humble His way" (Ps 25.9).
Paul instructs us in Eph4.1-2 to show forbearance to one another in love and in Titus 3.1-2 to malign no one, to be uncontentious, gentile, showing every consideration for all men.
MacArthur makes an excellent observation regarding our Lord's life. When he was criticized, slandered, or treated unjustly, Jesus modeled humility. It was only when God's honor was profaned or His truth perverted or neglected did He respond firmly and with force (Jn 2.14-16; Mt 21.12-17; 23.13-36; Mk 13-40; Jn 8.12-59; 9.39-41).
I have more on this but I want to get something posted to say, my thinking toward those I criticized has not changed but my heart is back as it should be. And I thought it was especially cool that God used the words of these guys along with some others to help me.