“Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses” ( 1 Timothy 5:19 )

Title Text

Our title text is from 1 Timothy 5:19.

And, it reads :-

Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses.

Background

There is a video I placed on YouTube and someone placed a comment that reads :-

Classic example of someone allegorizing every text that they happen to use in a sermon…. that’s not how the Bible was written. Big problem here

My Quick Take

Personally it hurts me that whenever someone tries to help others, those more learned,  see to jump in and critique that person without doing the following.

Points

  1. Specifics
    • Narrowly pinpointing what they have an offense with
    • Specifically help and say how they can do better
  2. Submit
    • Submit to Leadership
      • We all have to be consecrated
      • And, be under some kind of leadership
  3. Struggle
    • Struggle with things, especially when we feel the Spirit is saying otherwise
      • Be minimal, so to speak, and not be flippant.
        Say what the Spirit Said and say “No more, no Less
  4. Seek
    • Seek each other out
    • And, advice in private
    • Modern era through social media provides various ways to seek each other out.  And in the interest of time, be very specific as to where we think the other person might have erred
  5. Understand we are called to various demographics
    • What appeals to demographics is not always intersected
    • Why will God need me, when the other says everything the way I would have said it
    • It is one thing to speak in error
    • Yet another to appeal to various senses and culture
  6. Work Harder
    • I will say work harder, if you are so offended by what someone is teaching
    • Provide contrasting materials and view points
      • So that others can hear
      • And, the person who is wrong can be convicted

Supporting Verses

  • For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. ( 1 Corinthians 11:19 )

Bible Verses

Old Testament

  1. Leviticus
    • Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour; I am the Lord.
      ( Leviticus 19:16 )
  2. Proverbs
    • There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.
      ( Proverbs 6:16-19 )
    • A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
      ( Proverbs 11:13 )
    • A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
      ( Proverbs 17:22 )
    • The Selfishness of the Unfriendly
      • Who can survive a broken spirit?
        ( Proverbs 18:14 )
      • The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks it out.…
        ( Proverbs 18:15 )
    • The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
      ( Proverbs 25:23 )
    • Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
      ( Proverbs 26:20 )
  3. Psalm
    • Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.
      ( Psalm 101:5 )

New Testament

  1. 1 Corinthians
    • Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
      ( 1 Corinthians 13:8 )
  2. 2 Corinthians
    • For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:
      ( 2 Corinthians 12:20 )
  3. Thessalonians
    • Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
      ( Thessalonians 5:11 )
    • And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;
      And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
      Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
      See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
      ( Thessalonians 5:12-15 )
  4.  Hebrews
    • Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
      ( Hebrews 12:15 )
    • Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
      ( Hebrews 13:17 )
  5.  James
    •  If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
      ( James 1:26 )
    • My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others?
      But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law.
      So whatever you say or whatever you do, remember that you will be judged by the law that sets you free.
      There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you.
      ( James 2:1-12 )
    • Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the Law and judges it. And if you judge the Law, you are not a practitioner of the Law, but a judge of it.
      ( James 4:1 )
    • Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
      ( James 4:7 )

Jesus

  1. Luke
    • Jesus Sends Out the Disciples
      If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you.
      Stay at the same house, eating and drinking whatever you are offered. For the worker is worthy of his wages. Do not move around from house to house.
      ( Luke 10:6-7 )
    • For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.
      Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.
      ( Luke 12:2-3 )
    • But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
      ( Luke 22:32 )
  2. Matthew
    • The Leaven to Beware
      When they crossed to the other side, the disciples forgot to take bread.
      “Watch out!” Jesus told them. “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
      They discussed this among themselves and concluded, “It is because we did not bring any bread.”…
      ( Matthew 16:6 )
    • If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
      ( Matthew 18:15-17 )

Transcripts

  1. Deliverance By Grace
    • Josh Buice
      • Private Accusations Against Your Pastor Is a Sin
        Link

Videos

  1. 119 Ministry
    • 119 Ministries – Echad – The Necessity for Unity
      Link
  2. Steve Gregg
    • 08. 1 Timothy 5:19 – 6:19 – Steve Gregg
      Channel :- The Body of Christ
      Published On :- 2016-Feb-03rd
      Link

Conclusion

We claim we are speaking for God here.  And, not for ourselves.

If we want to speak for ourselves, there are plenty of materials and videos to speak on.

Shaykh Abdal Hakim :- 2019/Jan

Background

It is about time I post something from one of my favorite teachers, Shaykh Abdal Hakim.

As I made my way home ran into my home girl.

As we spoke she fessed to me that some of what I am saying might not make sense to her; as she is Muslim by marriage.

Paul

Paul bails me out yet again…

  1. Use of Freedom [ 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 ] ( Link )
    • NIV
      • I am all things to all people so that I can save a few
      • I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings
    • KJV
      • I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
        And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.
  2. Spiritual Wisdom ( 1 Corinthians 2:11-12 ) [ Link ]
    • No one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
      We have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.…
  3. Wives [ 1 Peter 3:1-4 ] ( Link )
    • Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.  Your beauty should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
  4. The Council at Jerusalem ( Galatians 2:7-9 ) [ Link ]
    • On the contrary, they saw that I had been entrusted to preach the gospel to the Gentiles, just as Peter had been to the Jews. For God, who was at work in Peter’s apostleship to the Jews, was also at work in my apostleship to the Gentiles. And recognizing the grace that I had been given, James, Cephas, and John—those reputed to be pillarsgave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, so that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the Jews.…

 

Videos

  1. Heart Surgeon: Reconnecting the Heart
    • Profile
      • Our hearts are often distracted by the artificial and superficial all around us in the modern world. In this talk, Shaykh Abdal Hakim discusses some of the fundamental ayat (signs) in Allah’s creation that He in His Mercy has laid out as a means to revive the heart and purify ourselves from distraction.
    •  Videos

In depth

Heart Surgeon: Reconnecting the Heart

  1. Allah is always drawing our attention to his signs
  2. Contradictions
    • In most places the busyness of modern life does not allow one to enjoy nature
      • Does not enjoy deep breath
      • Revival in the soul
    • That is not so in some spaces
      • Mountains of Spain
        • A feeling that one is living life in concert with Nature
  3. Why
    • Koran is giving to us when those signs are being pulled back
  4. Life in concert with motion
  5. Most of use are urban dwellers
  6. Rather than feeling
  7. Life judges on how we can make money and how we spend it
  8. People of Calm
    • Allah wants us to be people of Calm
    • When we think of him, he wants to bring us to calmness
  9.  Re-connection
    • Reading the book and allowing our mind to bring us closer
    • Allowing Allah to reach us through Nature
  10. Modern World
    • The modern world can not make money out of our calmness & contentment
    • And, so it buries it
  11. Before time, but place in time
    • To effect our natural life
    • To awaken the spirit within us
    • Allah Creation can not be overthrown
    • Human beings have a natural tendency for destruction
    • Bear witness
    • Not see through the surface of the
    • Perceive senses
    • Not to be strange, but new

Do not exceed what is written ( 1st Corinthians 4:6 )

1st Corinthians 4:6

Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other.

Pretext

Here is the pretext :-

1 Corinthians 10:16
Link ( KJV )

  • Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
  • For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
  • Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
  • Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?
  • I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;
  • Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.
  • And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.

Reading

Let us read into the pretext a bit.

Paul is making a point of saying the following :-

  1. Uniformity in teaching is paramount
  2. What we hear and how we judge those words should reflect the rigor and essentials of the read and preached word
  3. Baptism is unto Jesus and not unto the preacher/teacher
  4. Trying to play the number game via baptismal should likely not be a motivation

Bible Verses

  1. Deuteronomy
    • he said to them, “Take to heart all these words I testify among you today, so that you may command your children to carefully follow all the words of this law. For they are not idle words to you, because they are your life, and by them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.”
      ( Deuteronomy 32:47 ) [ Link ]
  2.  Proverbs
    • The Words of Agur …Every word of God is flawless; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you and prove you a liar. ( Proverbs 30:6 ) [ Link ]
  3.  Matthew
    • But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. ( Matthew 15:9 )  [ Link ]
    • Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
      ( Matthew 28:20 )  [ Link ]
  4. Luke
    • The Walk to Emmaus
      • Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures ( Luke 24:27 ) [ Link ]
  5. Acts
    • They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. ( Acts 2:42 )  [ Link ]
  6.  Hebrews
    • They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” ( Hebrew 8:5 )  [ Link ]
  7. 1st Peter
    • If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth ( 1 Peter 4:11 )
      [ Link ]
  8. 2 John
    • Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work. ( 2 John 9:11 )  [ Link ]
  9. Titus
    • Teaching Sound Doctrine
      • …In the same way, urge the younger men to be self-controlled.
        In everything, show yourself to be an example by doing good works. In your teaching show integrity, dignity, and wholesome speech that is above reproach, so that anyone who opposes us will be ashamed to have nothing bad to say about us.… ( Titus 2:7 )  [ Link ]
      • But as for you, speak the things that are consistent with sound doctrine. Older men are to be temperate, dignified, self-controlled, and sound in faith, love, and perseverance.
        Older women, likewise, are to be reverent in their behavior, not slanderers or addicted to much wine, but teachers of good.…( Titus 2:2 )  [ Link ]
  10. 2 Corinthians
    • But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
      ( 2 Corinthians 4:2 ) [ Link ]
  11.  Revelations
    • Your righteous acts have been revealed
      After this I looked, and the temple— the Tabernacle of the Testimony— was opened in heaven. 
      ( Revelation 15:5 )  [ Link ]
    • For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
      And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
      ( Revelation 22:18-19 )

Videos

  1. Jacob Prasch
    • Jacob Prasch Do we pray to the Holy Spirit April 14 2016 – Andrew R
      • Profile
        • Jacob Prasch Do we pray to the Holy Spirit April 14 2016 – Andrew R
      • Videos
        • Video #1
          Channel :- Teaching by Jacob Prasch: Do we pray to the Holy Spirit.
          Link

In depth

Jacob Prasch

Jacob Prasch Do we pray to the Holy Spirit April 14 2016 – Andrew R

  1. Gifts
    • When gifts become the main say it
      • Leads to spiritual pride

Referenced Work

  1. bible.ca
    • The Expository Files
      • Do Not Exceed That Which Is Written
        Link
  2. Andy Sochor
    • planbibleteaching.com
      • Do Not Exceed What Is Written
        Link

 

In Closing

I really like Matthew Henry’s commentary on Acts 2:42-47 …
Link

2:42-47 In these verses we have the history of the truly primitive church, of the first days of it; its state of infancy indeed, but, like that, the state of its greatest innocence. They kept close to holy ordinances, and abounded in piety and devotion; for Christianity, when admitted in the power of it, will dispose the soul to communion with God in all those ways wherein he has appointed us to meet him, and has promised to meet us. The greatness of the event raised them above the world, and the Holy Ghost filled them with such love, as made every one to be to another as to himself, and so made all things common, not by destroying property, but doing away selfishness, and causing charity. And God who moved them to it, knew that they were quickly to be driven from their possessions in Judea. The Lord, from day to day, inclined the hearts of more to embrace the gospel; not merely professors, but such as were actually brought into a state of acceptance with God, being made partakers of regenerating grace. Those whom God has designed for eternal salvation, shall be effectually brought to Christ, till the earth is filled with the knowledge of his glory.

James Jacob Prasch – Holy Spirit ( 2018 – Sept )

 

Videos

  1. Do we pray to the Holy Spirit
    Channel :- Andrew R
    Published On :- 2016-April-14th
    Link
  2. ARE TONGUES FOR TODAY?
    Channel :- Moriel TV
    Published On :- 2016-June-9th
    Link
  3. Teaching on the Holy Spirit-James Jacob Prasch-Live via Skype
    Channel :- Moriel TV
    Published On :- 2018-March-19th
    Link

 

In depth

Do we pray to the Holy Spirit

  1. We pray to the father in the name of Son through the Holy Spirit
  2. The Holy spirit is never addressed in person outside of the God Head
  3. Do not exceed what is written
    • Proverbs 30:6
      • The Words of Agur
        …Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.
        Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you and prove you a liar.
        Two things I ask of You—do not refuse me before I die:…
    • Deuteronomy 4:2
      • You must not add to or subtract from what I command you, so that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God I am giving you.
    • Deuteronomy 12:32
      • See that you do everything I command you; do not add to it or subtract from it.
  4. The Holy Spirit searches the depths of God
    • We are unable to do so
  5. Function
    • The function of the Holy Spirit is as a Servant of God
    • It is not in his place to be the recipient of the communication
    • Function
      • He convicts us
      • He gives us utterance, communicates Christ to us
    • But, he never points people to himself
  6. Father sends him
    • He never comes without God sending him
  7. 1 Corinthians 4:6
    • Verse 4:6
      • Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other.
    • Verse 4:7
      • 7 For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?
  8. Once exceeded leads to Spiritual Pride

 

 

John Bevere – Spiritual Gifts

Videos

  1. Spiritual Gifts
    • Don’t forbid speaking in tongues
      Channel :- Carriesno Shackles
      Published :- 2014-June-3rd
      Link
  2. Spiritual Deliverance
    • Bait of Satan
      Channel :- C3 San Diego
      Published :- 2015-Dec-1st
      Unforgiveness is one of the most important things to deal with in our lives if we want to experience spiritual freedom! This powerful message is sure to open your eyes to the potential damages offenses can cause if left unchecked.
      Link

 

In-depth

Don’t forbid speaking in tongues

  1. Tongues
    • Public
      • Tongues for a sign
        • 1 Corinthians 14:21-22 ( Prophecy and Languages )
          • 21 In the Law it is written,“By means of foreign languages
            and through the mouths of foreigners
            I will speak to this people,

            but even then they will not listen to me,”
            declares the Lord.

            22 Foreign languages, then, are meant to be a sign, not for believers, but for unbelievers, while prophecy is meant, not for unbelievers, but for believers.

      • Tongue given for interpretation
        • Heavenly Languages
        • Public Ministry
    • Private
      • Tongue for personal prayer
        • 1 Corinthians 14:14-17 ( Prophecy and Languages )
          • 14 For if I pray in a foreign language, my spirit prays but my mind is not productive.15 What does this mean? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind. I will sing psalms with my spirit, but I will also sing psalms with my mind.

            16 Otherwise, if you say a blessing with your spirit, how can an otherwise uneducated person say “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since he does not know what you’re saying?

            17 It’s good for you to give thanks, but it does not build up the other person.

        • Tongue as a prayer language
      • Tongue for intercession
        • Romans 8:26-27 ( Life Through the Spirit )
          • 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
          • 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
    • Desire
      • 1st Corinthians 14:5 ( Prophecy and Languages )
        Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.
        For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit.
         would like every one of you to speak in tongues
    • Ignorance
      • 1st Corinthians 14:36-38 ( Prophecy and Languages )
        36  Or did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached?
        37 If anyone thinks they are a prophet or otherwise gifted by the Spirit, let them acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord’s command.
        38 But if anyone ignores this, they will themselves be ignored.

Satan Bait

  1. Jesus
    • Luke 17:1
      • It is impossible that offense should come
        • Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come“.
  2. Paul
    • 2 Timothy 2:24-26
      • Trap of the Devil
        • 25 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth,
        • 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
  3. Ministry
    • You can still be in ministry
    • But, instead of releasing rivers of living water, you will be releasing rivers tainted in bitterness
    • Do you have a right to be offended?
      • Yes, you do
      • But, not if you want to walk with God

Bill Wiese

Videos

  1. YouTube
    • Videos
      • On November 23rd, 1998 Bill Wiese experienced something so horrifying it would continue to captivate the world for over a decade. Bill shares his terrifying experience as described in his book, “23 Minutes in Hell.” This powerful message will change your life! This video is taken from his DVD which is included with his 3rd book, “23 Questions about Hell.” Copyright 2010 by Bill Wiese. (DVD includes additional content).
        Link

 

In depth

  1. Wife
    • Married way over my Head
  2. Came back from Hell?
    • Question
      • Lazarus ( Luke 16 )
    • Response
      • I was not dead
      • This is a vision
  3. How can a christian see Hell
    • Can enter in Spiritual Body
    • Only in vision can a Christian see hell
    • Spirit & Physical Body
      • Ezekiel 8
        • Ezekiel 8 ( KJV )
          Link
      • 1st Corinthians 15
        • It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
          Link
      • Revelation 5
        • Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed.
          He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”
          ( Revelation 5:5 )
        • And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
          ( Revelation 5:10 )
      • Genesis
        • And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars,
          if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
          ( Genesis 15:5 )
  4. God hid it from my mind
    • but they were kept from recognizing him ( Luke 24:16 )
  5. Fear of the Lord
    • For who in the skies is comparable to the LORD? Who among the sons of the mighty is like the LORD,
      A God greatly feared in the council of the holy ones, And awesome above all those who are around Him?
      O LORD God of hosts, who is like You, O mighty LORD? Your faithfulness also surrounds You.…
      ( Psalm 89:7 )
    •  I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me.
      Jeremiah 32:40 )
  6. Passion to witness
    • Bill Bright
      • Only 2% of Christians witness
    • Charles Spurgeon
      • 90% of our witness is through our life example
        • Do we keep our word
        • Do we show up on time
        • Do we walk in excellence
        • Do we show forgiveness
        • All those things that people observe
    • Bible versus
      • Judgement
        • Knowing the terror of the Lord, we persuade men
          • Ministry of Reconcilliation
            Link
            11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience.
            12 We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart.
            13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.
            14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died;
            15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
            ( 2 Corinthians 5:11-15)
        • When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked person, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade them from their ways, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood.
          ( Ezekiel 33:8 )
    • Why did I not know you
      • Hopelessness
        • For the grave cannot praise you,
              death cannot sing your praise;
          those who go down to the pit
              cannot hope for your faithfulness.
          ( Isaiah 38:18 ) [ Link ]

 

 

Burdenless Christianity

Testimony

As an addendum, it pains me to see the extent that Christian leaders go to rid their congregations of pain for the lost and burden for those losing in so many facets of society.

We prepare carefully and lawyerly worded coded messages.

 

Ways

You say tell me in what ways:

  1. Abortion
    • Run to Washington for Pro-Life legislation
    • Leave out the message of Adoption
  2. Sexual Preferences
    • We take the place of the Holy Spirit and preach to each other, rather than those who we are supposedly trying to reach
  3. Prosperity Gospel
    • Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal ( Matthew 6:19 )
    • Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, Cease from your consideration of it. ( Proverbs 23:4 )
    • This is how it will be for anyone who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich toward God. ( Luke 12:21 )
    • Those who want to be rich, however, fall into temptation and become ensnared by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. ( 1 Timothy 6:9 )
    • Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business, and make a profit.”
      You do not even know what will happen tomorrow! What is your life? ( James 4:13 )
  4. Love & Fear ?
    • There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
      We love him, because he first loved us.
      If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
      And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
      ( 1 John 4:18-21 )
  5. Brotherly Love
    • If anyone with earthly possessions sees his brother in need, but withholds his compassion from him, how can the love of God abide in him? ( 1 John 3:17 )
  6. Hypocrites
    • Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You traverse land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are. ( Matthew 23:15)
  7. Apostolic Authority
    • Such people should consider that what we are in our letters when absent, we will be in our actions when present.
      We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they show their ignorance.
      We, however, will not boast beyond our limits, but only within the field of influence that God has assigned to us—a field that reaches even to you.… ( 2 Corinthians 10:12 )
  8. Righteousness
    • For I tell you that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. ( Matthew 5:20 )
  9. Borrower
    • Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. ( Matthew 5:42 )
  10. Prosecution
    • Hear the word of the LORD, you who tremble at His word: “Your brothers who hate you, who exclude you for My name’s sake, Have said, ‘Let the LORD be glorified, that we may see your joy.’ But they will be put to shame. ( Isaiah 66:5 )
  11. Community
    • Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. ( Hebrews 10:25  )

 

That which is hidden

Therefore judge nothing before the proper time; wait until the Lord comes.
He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts.
At that time each will receive his praise from God. ( 1 Corinthians 4:5 ).

 

Old Testament

I know it is customarily these days to say we only follow the New Testament and so the Mosaic Law is done away with; including these ones…

Laws of Social Responsibility

If you lend money to My people, to the poor among you, you are not to act as a creditor to him; you shall not charge him interest.
If you ever take your neighbor’s cloak as a pledge, you are to return it to him before the sun sets,
for that is his only covering; it is his cloak for his body. What else shall he sleep in?
And it shall come about that when he cries out to Me, I will hear him, for I am gracious.…
( Exodus 22:25-27 )

Pained

Again, what are we pained by? Our adherence to Laws & Regulations.

We confuse the great commision with the great omission.

Forsook that the Love of God is what Leads to repentance, we argue that it is our Preaching, our Laws, our resoluteness.

 

Loving God

The Greatest Commandment

Deuteronomy 6:5

“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
“These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.

Matthew 22:37

…“Teacher, which commandment is the greatest in the Law?”
Jesus declared, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'”

 

Again, when one makes an argument one way or the other, those who are wise ought to be able and free to ask which tools of the being played a role in arriving at that decision.

Is it Love, Soul, Might, Mind…

 

Sola Scriptura

We deride gifts including Love and claim Scripture Only, Sola Scriptura.

What did Jesus die for? And, what are we dying for.

We skim over the fact that you do not have a word, if you do not have a burden.

Apologetics is good, but what are we arguing over.

Paul Wrote:

But reject foolish and ignorant speculation, for you know that it breeds quarreling.
And a servant of the Lord must not be quarrelsome, but he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, and forbearing.
( 2 Timothy 2:23 )

I am sure that Paul had another word in mind, but thankfully the Holy Spirit got a bit ahead of him, and insisted on kindness first.

 

Leadership

Teaching?

  1. Old Testament
    • Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the LORD, nor the judgment of their God. ( Jeremiah 5:4 )
  2. New Testament
    • “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? ( John 3:10 )

 

Using words from one of my teachers:

  1. I am waiting for God to go through the Church, and say you are not a Christian, you are are not a Christian
  2. Pushing people down, because we have no authority to raise them up

 

Prophecy?

Some of these teachers do not have a word outside of Doomsday prophecy; that which is already being written thousands of years ago.

And, yet they refresh and repackage it as a new word.

  1. Spirit
    • When the Spirit of God says do not fear, they say yes fear
    • When the Spirit do not worry how to respond as “The Spirit will give you words“, they take over
  2. Quietness
    • But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge. ( Daniel 12:4 )
    • And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. ( Revelations 10:4 )

Rabbi?

  1. Scribes and Pharisees
    • Love the greetings in the marketplaces, and the title of “Rabbi” by which they are addressed.
      But you are not to be called “Rabbi,” for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers.
      ( Matthew 23:8 )

 

Prayer

I pray that we do not love “the praise of men more than the praise of God“.