Elijah mocked the prophets of Baal. Was he wrong to do that? Shouldn't he have been more concerned with winning them over? What about Peter when he said "Christ you have taken with WICKED hands and slain..."? Shouldn't Peter have been more interested in persuading them tenderly? What about Stephen when he said, "Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it." Shouldn't he have been more concerned with "winning friends than winning arguments"?