The prophet’s greatest enemy is usually the top brass in his field. Billy Mitchell was court-martialed in his day because he saw beyond his contemporaries in aviation. He was granted a posthumous award. That reminds us of our Lord’s biting words to the Pharisees who built tombs for the prophets and garnished the sepulchers of the righteous whom their forefathers slew (Matthew 23:29-31). Amos had his Amaziah and the early church had to contend with the religious hierarchy. And our Lord had His greatest controversy continually with scribes and Pharisees. Whether in the world or in the church, look out for the swivel-chair authorities who murder prophets in one generation and memorialize them in the next!
I wonder what pulpit committee would even consider, either for pastor or as a visiting minister, a preacher with this description: Has eye trouble; is not much of a speaker; does not play up to the pillars of the church; has had a run-in with one of the main leaders; respects them but says he is called from higher up; has no home; stirs up the people; is called an upsetter; is old fashioned; condemns false teaching openly; won’t play ball with the liberals; believes in church discipline; oh, yes, is often in jail. Am I trying to be funny? No. This man’s name is Paul the Apostle.