Falsehood is determined by how frantic it is defended in advocacy. Many Christian organizations who defend their positions view critics as enemies. The truth remains true—regardless of acerbic opposition from various angles. This is a simple axiom, misunderstood by most Christians.
Critics should be viewed as friends, just as Christ stated: “Love your enemies and bless those that persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). There is no secrecy in truth. A truthful person is willing to change when proven wrong. Such a person can be condemned and ridiculed by the self-righteous ones, yet without feeling uncomfortable. In the following episode is a display of truthful behavior:
“Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately” (Acts 18:24-26).
The red-hot Christians are not ashamed of the gospel. They could be in error, as to receive acerbic treatment from the proud critics. But, as long as focusing on truth, they cannot be disturbed. Being zealous for God is good, as long as willing to listen to other viewpoints, like Preacher Apollos.