tThe Church has been attacked since from what I know to be the time of Christ. The carnal flesh fights with the Holy Spirit and our free will to accept Jesus as our lord and savior is an ongoing battle. Whether we are getting born again or receiving a water baptism, we can agree that there is a true war within the Church.
Stop right there.
No, not outside of the church. I am not here to talk about how one time an atheist got upset because you shared your faith. Well, he didn’t actually get mad; he just made an unpleasant face. I am talking about the flesh that is kept alive between brothers and sisters in Christ.
It is important that the Church longs to discern these matters so that we can walk effectually in Christ. If we do not desire wisdom and we do not desire to discern God’s word, how are we going to ever reach others if we are living worldly?
How will we ever become effectual in the ministry of reconciliation?
Here are some notes I learned from a teaching I listened to online by a Pennsylvania Bible Study Teaching Fellowship that helped me understand how to discern between judging people and simply not standing up for the word of God:
- Matthew 7:1’s “Judge not that you be judged” is sometimes wrongfully used to interpret that Jesus commands universal acceptance for everything
- Don’t tell people what to do. If God gives you information that’s one thing. But if there’s nothing there, there’s nothing there
- Don’t present any customs along side Christ
- We have to fight for the word of God; if we have opinions that don’t agree, you have to let it go
This is a follow-up post to my criticism of “The Secret” seductively making its way in place of the Bible. It is up to the Church to be vigilant and want to present God’s truth to the whole world as it really is. We can be as clever as we want to be in witnessing to people, but God does not need sneaky devices. All he needs is for us to hold on to the godly truth. Speak the truth in love and be your brother’s keeper when you see people falling out of fellowship.