Re:Verse reading–Acts 4:1-22 (day seven)
“When they had threatened them further, they let them go (finding no basis on which to punish them)”–v 21.
Os Guinness has a new book out. It is called Impossible People: Christian Courage and the Struggle for the Soul of Civilization. The title comes from an eleventh century Benedictine reformer, Peter Damian. Despite intense opposition, he spoke out against sexual immorality in the priesthood, against the selling of church offices. He was unbending and unstoppable and unbribable. He was impossible!
I think the Sanhedrin would have said the same of Peter and the first followers of Christ. They arrested them, beat them, threatened them, but they couldn’t make them stop speaking the things they had seen and heard (and believed) in Christ.
We are called to be these people in an age of spiritual darkness and denial. We are to speak of Christ, even when it is unpopular. We are to be impossible.