First, no matter what Jesus did, there were always people who complained about him. Some said that He was ministering in the power of Beelzebub. And some got so angry at Him that they wanted to kill Him,

Dear Steve,

You and other watchmen get a lot of complaints and false accusations, and I know that at times it must wear you down. I hope that the following will give you some encouragement.

First, no matter what Jesus did, there were always people who complained about him. Some said that He was ministering in the power of Beelzebub. And some got so angry at Him that they wanted to kill Him, and eventually they succeeded in doing it. So when you get complaints and false accusations, you are sharing in the fellowship of Christ's sufferings.

Second, some people have a critical spirit. No matter what you do, they will criticize you for it. In such cases, the problem is with them -- not you. There are some people whose nature is to constantly criticize people. The devil is called "the accuser of the brethren." (Revelation 12:10) And these people are helping the devil do his job. These people have a serious problem, and they need to repent and turn to God and ask Him to set them free from it.

If people don't want to hear what you have to say, then they can turn the show off. They don't have to listen to it. Why do they listen and then complain? If they really don't like it, then they shouldn't listen. If they keep on listening, and keep on complaining, then to me it looks like they enjoy complaining.
Jude 1:16 says, "These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage."

So according to Jude, there are some people who are characterized by being murmurers and complainers. And they are "walking after their own lusts." The word "lust" means strong desire. Not just sexual desire, but any kind of desire. Well some people have a lust to complain. They are looking for something to complain about. They are driven by a desire to murmer and complain. I think that probably accounts for most of the critical, complaining emails that you get.

Third, with some people, it is just a lack of ability to understand facts and use logical reasoning. Or it's normalcy bias and denial. But I'll bet that the critical spirit, and the desire to complain, account for most of the criticism. And then the rest is done by trolls who get paid to do it.

Fourth, although there are people who do not appreciate you -- God does. He knows that you are pouring out your heart and your life, trying to make people aware of important things.

So please be encouraged, and don't let those guys wear you down. God loves you, and so do many of your listeners.

Thank you for being a faithful watchman. You are much needed.

May God bless you, encourage you, strengthen you, guide you, comfort you, and give you wisdom.

I'm grateful to be your sister in Christ,

Mary Ann;THANK YOU MARY ANN!-SQ

Jan 21, 2015

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