Watchman Nee and Boldness
If a prophet of God is a bone of contention to you, and you find it difficult to handle what the Lord has called him or her out to do, I have to ask you if it’s possible, that perhaps you can’t handle the truth. Sometimes pridefulness prompts a person to prefer a mousey type, who timidly presents truth. This should not be the case, for the Lord God calls us to boldness. Boldness and forthrightness, are marks of a true prophet. Even so, the prophets of the Bible were neither mousey or timid. The prophets of the Bible were not popular, or well liked anyway. Why? One reason is because some find it hard to handle God’s truths .Here is a quote from Watchman Nee.
Unless God’s child sincerely adhere’s to all the truth of God, it becomes very rough for him to accept this kind of painful humiliating truth…
Should the child of God desire freedom, his folly must be removed. In other words, he must know truth. He needs to appreciate the real nature of affairs. Satanic lies bind, but God’s truth unshackles. Naturally the knowledge of God is going to be costly, for it will shatter the vain glory one has assumed due to past experiences. He looks upon his self as far more advanced than others, as being spiritual and infallible.
How hard hit he will be if he confesses the possibility of his being invaded. Unless God’s child sincerely adheres to all the truth of God, it becomes very rough for him to accept this kind of painful and humiliating truth. One encounters no difficulty in accepting that truth which is agreeable; but it is not easy at all to take in truth which blasts one’s ego…the acceptance of truth is the first step to salvation.
(Nee p.122, 1968)
I am a bold person by nature. To walk in the boldness of the Lord, I had to put a lid upon my natural persuasion. In “Come Out of Her, God’s People,” you will find these words I wrote about myself, concerning how I was born for “such a time as this!”
There is another reason to consider why the Lord Jesus Christ chose me to play such a controversial role in the confrontation of hypocrisy and false doctrine that abounds in the organized church in this day and time. I believe that my soul was prepared for the part by the way I came into the world.
An only child, I learned early on how to stand alone. Furthermore, I believe that independence, boldness, and a love for truth was implanted in my soul in my mother’s womb and nurtured by my early childhood circumstances and environment. ….. I was an enigma to most adults. Literate and articulate when I was about 3 years old, my Barbadian grandmother, the late Irene Ford, often found it necessary to explain my words and my behavior to people.
“Pam be not fresh. Her just talk reeeeal plain cause dey be no fear in she. Don’t mind she, now! When her be lookin in ya eye so straight and speak all she mind, da reason be, me no speak no baby talk ta she.”
This is true. Grammie did not talk baby talk to me. Consequently today, I don’t speak baby talk in the spirit.”