“And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith” (2 Thessalonians 3:2).
We are always going to come into contact with those who cannot be reasoned with. They have pet doctrines, which are usually heretical, and defend their views no matter what Scripture proves them wrong. There are those who think they know better than anyone else and see themselves gifted teachers and preachers. Then there are others whose sole aim is to stir up strife in the church by arguing about things that do not really matter. None of them have real faith in Christ. “All men have not faith – And all men who have not are more or less unreasonable and wicked men” (John Wesley).
Why is Christianity attacked by the secular and religious world? We preach love, joy, peace, morality, and best of all, salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ. If they were reasonable people, as they consider themselves to be, then they would be willing to listen and learn. In reality they do not want God interfering with their sinful lives. Jesus Christ is that blazing light that reveals the darkness in their souls. “For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved” (John 3:20). They oppose anything that reminds them of their need to repent. The word “unreasonable” here means to put oneself out of place, that is, to be of a contrary and dishonest view. In other words, they are out of line with accepted Biblical doctrine or as the Greek suggests, they are being absurd. Biblical faith is the only antidote to foolish teachings and practices.
Creation itself proves that a master designer must have put it all together, but man persistently and wickedly refuses to even contemplate such a thought. Evolution, with its ungodly offspring – theistic evolution, is the product of a wicked mind. To admit the existence of God means that they would have to accept that there is judgement for sin. These are they who make themselves the enemies of the cross of Christ and will go to great lengths to hinder and oppose the progress of the Gospel. “For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things” (Philippians 3:18-19).
All believers need deliverance from such people. Those who refuse to be reasonable, honest and decent soon turn nasty when we present what the Bible actually says on a given subject. They will twist our words, try to make us look stupid, and denounce us to others, therefore they are dangerous and need to be avoided, for their pronouncements against us will quickly turn to persecution. Even Paul realised he needed to be delivered from those who sought t hinder him fulfilling his commission. “Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me; That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints” (Romans 15:30-31). There is a time when we need to walk away from “unreasonable and wicked men”, especially when they start saying perverse things about Christ and the Bible. “And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles” (Acts 18:6).
God knows all about those who wickedly oppose the truth. He will deal with them when they stand before Him in judgement. “For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness also; will he not then consider it?” (Job 11:11). It is a lot harder to deal with those in the church who hold to false doctrines. We have to acknowledge that, regardless how they present themselves, some do not have true faith in Christ and are not saved. “Nonetheless, the Church will never be destroyed by the multitude of the wicked, because it is grounded and stayed upon the faithful promise of God” (Geneva Study Bible). “Upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).