for I am not better than my fathers." - 1 Kings 19:4
Can you relate? Indeed! Gray hairs should speak and young men should keep silent. I agree. The hoary heads should be honored and the youth should pay their respect. Aged men should instruct and children should hearken diligently. However, in the process, only let God speak while all flesh remains silent (1 Pet. 4:11). Only let God have the honor and get all the glory (1 Cor. 1:29). Only let all earthly fathers conform themselves to our Heavenly Father (Rom. 12:2).
"I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom. But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment." - Job 3:7-9
The faults and errors of "the ancients" are either discredited or practically irrelevant because they are generally unknown by the Church. Therefore, the common perception among believers is radically exaggerated. A culture of intolerance thickens in the air. The unspoken rule is that no one should dare to cross the counsel of "the ancients", nor should anyone humbly criticize their confessions of faith. Albeit, not so much could be said of the young man, Elihu.
"Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man. For I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my Maker would soon take me away." - Job 32:21-22
"MEM. O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.
I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.
I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts." - Psalm 119:97-100
“Salvation of America does not depend upon the White House it depends upon God’s House, and before God does anything He will clean up the Church. When He was on earth He cleaned up the Temple, when He comes again He will clean up the pulpit - Judgment must begin at the House of God; judgment must begin with the preachers! I think the most awesome task in the world tonight is not to be the President of the United States or the King of an Empire, but to be a man who stands between a Living God and a dying people. I’d like to send a notice to all the deacons of every Church in America: ‘If your preacher doesn’t weep over the congregation - weep over your preacher!’" – Leonard Ravenhill