Below is the substance of a message I delivered recently to the ministers of our Presbytery during our Fall week of Prayer held in Barrie FPC, Barrie, ON. I believe that the experience of Micah recorded in Micah 3:8 is the real need of the Church of Christ today.
“But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.” (Micah 3:8 AV)
The term ‘distinctive’ is a part of the FPC dictionary. This church has historically proclaimed and practiced distinctives, not just to be different but to be like Christ who is distinct from the world.
This statement by the prophet begins with a strong adversative—but truly. It is clear from the context that he is insisting upon a sharp contrast between himself and the greedy, grasping, self-serving, and ultimately blind and unclean false prophets of his day.