Throughout history there have been many who have stood in opposition to God’s messengers of their day. The Apostle Paul was one who had many opposers and oppressors, one of whom in particular is known as “Alexander, the Metalworker.”
“Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. You too should be on your guard against him, because he strongly opposed our message… But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed… And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth.”
~ 2 Timothy 4:14-17
For whatever reason, Alexander the metalworker was highly agitated by Paul and his message. He was so disruptive and harmful to the ministry of the gospel message that Paul issued a warning to his fellow believers to “guard against him.” To guard against him wasn’t a response of fear, it was instead a stance that provided an advanced warning about the harm he might bring, and that allowed for both defensive and offensive responses by the believers, should the situation and need arise.
Today, there are plenty of Alexander the metalworkers who are “breaking bad,” to borrow a phrase. They might be within the church, or around the church. Their activities and words are obnoxious and harmful, not just people who sincerely believe something different from the gospel of Christ. We must be on our guard, maintaining a stance where we cannot be pushed over.
Prayer, intercession, and fasting should also be implemented as a shield for the body of Christ, protecting them and their ministries from the very real “Alexander, the metalworker” type of harm.
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