In Matthew 21:46, when they sought to lay hands on Him, they feared the multitudes, because they took Him for a prophet.

I get weary when I hear how “tolerant” Christians are supposed to be. It seems many people confuse tolerance with patience. The world always preaches how Christians should be tolerant of everything disregarding the truth, but in John 8:45 Jesus says, “I tell you the truth,” and in Ephesians 4:15, Paul writes, “speaking the truth in love,” and then he writes in Ephesians 4:25, ten verses later, “speaking truthfully to your neighbor.” To take it a step further, in Acts 19:18-19, after Paul shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them, “many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds. Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver (several million dollars). So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.” I think our tolerance hinders the Word of the Lord from growing as mighty and prevailing as we know it can. The Pharisees were not tolerant of Jesus; they sought to kill Him. At the same time, Jesus was not tolerant of them; He sought to save them. God is intolerant. He tears down the high places, crushes the false gods, and destroys the pagan temples, but He is still patient enough to wait until our very last breath here on earth to accept Him into our lives.


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