Then Saul, who also is called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, “O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord? And now, indeed, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time.” And immediately a dark mist fell on him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand.
The story is told that a sorcerer/false prophet stood against Barnabas and Saul to keep them from preaching the Gospel.
Saul wasn’t letting it go. He pronounced a judgment on the man and cursed him with temporary blindness.
We need some of this today – a holy boldness to stand and make a proclamation against unholiness and unrighteousness!
The church must have warriors for Christ armed with the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
If you said the words of Saul today, someone would call you prejudiced, intolerant, judgmental, fanatical, and a racist. Most of that would probably come from those calling themselves a Christian.
When Saul finished, something wonderful happened – the proconsul believed. Acts 13:12
This is why we [Christians] are here! To proclaim the Good News of Jesus and see others believe in Him as Savior.
To do that, you must stand against sin!
Call it out!
Speak against it!
The world will hate you!
Proclaim the Word of the Lord!