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While the Apostle Paul would surely have hoped for a fairer hearing before Felix, the governor; it seems that Felix was as corrupt as others, in that he had hoped for a bribe in order to release Paul. With no bribe, and therefore no release forthcoming, Paul's accusers employed the services of 'a certain man', Tertullus, who through skilled oratory, with lies and false accusations tried to implicate Paul in wrongdoing. The apostle however, in presenting his own case, responded with courtesy, without attempting to flatter Felix, as Tertullus had done, and was bold in denying the claims made against him. Paul's words, in his own defence, acted to probe the consciences of those who were present.
So much of the Apostle Paul's difficulties seem to have a very contemporary feel. Even today, people are impressed with powerful rhetoric and oratory, even though much of what is said by our critics is often contrary to the Christian faith. As Christians, we seldom get a truly fair hearing in today's world. We should be careful how we react, as a good case can be spoilt by bad presentation. We would do well to study Paul's methods, and be sure to test our own hearts, and then respond to our critics with courtesy, but also with boldness.