“So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, ‘Peace be with you’” (John 20:19).

The doors have been closed and the disciples are now shut-in by fear. Sadly, this is a vivid description of the prevailing emotion that dominates a large number of professing Christians today. Fearful of any interaction with “unbelievers,” they sequester themselves into “holy huddles” and entrench themselves in foxholes and fortresses to stave off the evil that their paranoia has convinced them is standing just outside the door. Such isolationist movements are a direct contradiction to the teachings of our Lord and scripture. We are an army commissioned to be an offensive movement. Not even the gates of hell can withstand our going out in His name.

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