When to Defend Truth
There is a time and purpose for everything under heaven, as Ecclesiastes says, "a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing." As Jesus exhorted us, we must be "wise as serpents and innocent as doves" (Matthew 10:16).
So, while the truth should never be denied, one must find wisdom for when and how to present and defend it. We must never deny Christ, of course. Nor should we keep silent when it is time to speak. But it is not always the proper time to speak. We need a Spirit-led sense of (1) what the most important truths are, (2) how to defend them, and (3) when to defend them.
I am not backing down here, but clarifying an epigram--at the urging of a wise person who shares my last name and who is much more discreet.