When Jesus came preaching the Kingdom Of God, he was opposed by the religious community; the Pharisee, and Sadducee. For those who preach the Kingdom Of God today, they are opposed likewise by the religious community.
The Pharisees opposed Jesus with a mixture of their traditions and some scripture. But it wasn't their use of scripture that made them His enemy and He theirs, indeed Jesus used scripture as well. It was their hearts that he looked at. They were comfortable with things the way they were and had no intentions of letting this prophet change anything.
Jesus, on the other hand, had compassion for the lost souls who he said were condemned unless they turned to Him, and believed on Him. (John 16:18). They were sinners and were under God's wrath. That was their state, and they desperately needed a Savior to escape that wrath.
He was not trying to win a popularity contest, nor was he being pragmatic by looking for something that "worked". He was clear to those who would follow Him, that they, the unbelievers, hated Him and the Father without cause, (Jn 15:25) and that they would hate them also... without cause. (Jn 15:18)
Below is a video. This poor soul doesn't oppose the street preacher with an appeal to scripture but rather with appeals to emotion and pragmatism. She even asks those who are heckling the preacher to support her in her opposition to the Gospel he is preaching. The enemy is crafty, and always glad to tell us how we may best be His enemy.
The preacher, on the other hand, responds to her every point with sound scripture, logic, reason, and compassion. But she is not swayed from her emotional and pragmatic positions. This woman is a product of the modern American Church. She knows no better. She has been "loved" into oblivion by our more sensible, pragmatic, and peaceful times and preachers. But these are not peaceful times. These are radical times.
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