The true Gospel and true Sword of the Word are inherently confrontational and corrective.
And if there’s anything that this world and the modern American mindset hates, it is… confrontation and correction.
The plastic, world-friendly, harmless counterfeit sword is marked not by it’s ability to properly confront and correct, but by its aversion to the same.
The Rubber Sword of Toothless Truth, Stand Up For The Truth
I have long said that the biggest problem in the American church is a lack of apologetics teaching, largely stemming from the seeker-friendly movement that touched much of evangelism. The last church I belonged to fell into this badly, where they didn’t want to offend or confront false teachers within the body, even if the false teachers were leaders of small groups.