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ELATIONSHIPS/LOVE (Part 2): The Missing Link in Dealing with Matters of FAITH/DOCTRINE

Posted by Gabriel (G²) on November 9, 2007

“Careful you don’t become what you hate……”

 

 

 But How easy it to do so & never KNOW IT…..till it’s too late.

For example, in light of how much error has been promoted in the church & the DAMAGE that has come about from it, there has been a heavy increase in the Body of Christ regarding DISCERNMENT MINISTRIES & others that function like WATCHMEN who’ll help to sound the alarms/adress the issues no one else wishes to. For that, they should be commended. As the Word says in NO UNCERTAIN TERMS,

Romans 16:17-20

Romans 16:17-20

I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. Such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive. For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 1 Timothy 1:2-4

Warning Against False Teachers of the Law

 3As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer 4nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. These promote controversies rather than God’s work—which is by faith.

 

1 Timothy 4:16
Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.

Titus 2

What Must Be Taught to Various Groups

 1You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine. 2Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.

 3Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

 6Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. 7In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness 8and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.

Jude 1:2-4 

 2Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.

The sin and doom of Godless men

 3Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. 4For certain men whose condemnation was written about[a] long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.

 

 

 

Again, as Scripture makes clear, there’s a great need for making certain that what we believe is in line with what GOD BELIEVES……for RIGHT BELIEF ABOUT GOD LEADS TO RIGHT PRACTICE BEFORE HIM.

 

However, as the Old saying goes, “the sword cuts BOTH WAYS”…….and there’s a dark side that can come with this task.

 

 

When it comes to discussing movements with cultic/herectical beliefs, I’ve often heard them referred to by many
names—-things like “spawn of the devil”, “nothing good about it”, etc.
I’ve even heard of it/other things referred to as The Laodicea church, which symbolizes MUCH of the modern church/issues dealt with here.However, that wasn’t the only church Jesus had issue with:

Revelation 2
Message to Ephesus
1″To the angel of the church in (A)Ephesus write: The One who holds (B)the seven stars in His right hand, the One who walks (C)among the seven golden lampstands, says this:2′(D)I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot
tolerate evil men, and you (E)put to the test those who call themselves
(F)apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false;
3and you have perseverance and have endured (G)for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary.4′But I have this against you, that you have (H)left your first love.5′Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and (I)repent and (J)do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your
(K)lampstand out of its place–unless you repent.
6′Yet this you do have, that you hate the deeds of the (L)Nicolaitans, which I also hate.7′(M)He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches (N)To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of (O)the tree of life which is in the (P)Paradise of God.’

 

 

Despite exposing error/promoting truth, Christ rebuked Ephesus also……despite ANY RIGHTEOUS characteristics they possessed ( Revelation 2:1-7)—for if motives are off or there’s not genuine love/honor for one another as authentic proof of theGospel, EFFORTS mean NOTHING

John 13:34-35 34″A (A)new commandment I give to you, (B)that you love one another, (C)even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.35″(D)By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

 

Romans 12:9-18 9Let (A)love be without hypocrisy (B)Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.10Be (C)devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one
another (D)in honor;11not lagging behind in diligence, (E)fervent in spirit, (F)serving the Lord;12(G)rejoicing in hope, (H)persevering in tribulation,(I)devoted to prayer,13(J)contributing to the needs of the saints, (K)practicing hospitality.
14(L)Bless those who persecute [a]you; bless and do not curse.15(M)Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.16(N)Be of the same mind toward one another; (O)do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly (P)Do not be wise in your own estimation.17(Q)Never pay back evil for evil to anyone (R)Respect what is right in the
sight of all men.
18If possible, (S)so far as it depends on you, (T)be at peace with all men.

 

1 Peter 2:16-17

6Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. 17Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.

1 John 3:11-23 11(A)For this is the message (B)which you have heard from the beginning,
(C)that we should love one another;
12not as (D)Cain, who was of (E)the evil one and slew his brother And for what reason did he slay him? Because (F)his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were
righteous.
13Do not be surprised, brethren, if (G)the world hates you.14We know that we have (H)passed out of death into life, (I)because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.15Everyone who (J)hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that (K)no
murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
16We know love by this, that (L)He laid down His life for us; and (M)we ought to lay down our lives for the (N)brethren.17But (O)whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and (P)closes his heart against him, (Q)how does the love of God abide in him?18(R)Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and (S)truth.19We will know by this that we are (T)of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him20in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and
knows all things.
21(U)Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have (V)confidence before
God;22and (W)whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we (X)keep His commandments and do (Y)the things that are pleasing in His sight.
23This is His commandment, that we (Z)believe in (AA)the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as (AB)He commanded us.

 

As necessary the battle is for to maintain sound teaching & moral/doctrinal
purity…..it’s very easy to forget that in the battle , it’s possible to lose a charitable spirit:

 

Philippians 4:55 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

 

Prolonged conflict can weaken or destroy patience & affection that’s to define us…..

 

Galatians 5:13-15 

 13You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature[a]; rather, serve one another in love. 14The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 15If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

 

 

Galatians 5:19-26 

 19The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

 


us:

Ephesians 4

Unity of the Spirit
1Therefore I, (A)the prisoner of the Lord, (B)implore you to (C)walk in a manner worthy of the (D)calling with which you have been (E)called,
2with all (F)humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another (G)in love, 3Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace

Ephesians 4:29-5:2 

 29Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Ephesians 5

 1Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

 

Colossians 3:12-14 12So, as those who have been (A)chosen of God, holy and beloved, (B)put on a
(C)heart of compassion, kindness, (D)humility, gentleness and (E)patience;
13(F)bearing with one another, and (G)forgiving each other, whoever has a
complaint against anyone; (H)just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.

14Beyond all these things put on love, which is (I)the perfect bond of
(J)unity.

1 Peter 3:8
[ Suffering for Doing Good ] Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.

 1 Peter 2:17
Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.

 

Once we lose those traits that have been listed above, it seems that one inevitably ends up walking down a dark ……that’s DANGEROUS to our work 4 God.

I’ve witnessed many saints/churches that started out good, but then fell into mess later when they lost the humility that was to define them & began to think they were above criticism because of all the good they were either doing or seeking to accomplish….

I’ve witnessed MULTIPLE on other sites how it seems that in dealing with the task of exposing error in the church or addressing social issues, people end up becoming like the Church in Ephesus (Revelation 2:1-7)….

      Though many claim to be taking up the task of pointing out the false leaders/Pharisses of their day like Jesus/Early Church leaders did, it’s amazing how often they end up becoming  Pharisees themselves—simply  from a different angle.

 For the false leaders in Christ day weren’t just guilty of teaching the wrong things/PROMOTING WRONG DOCTRINE……since they were exacting/scrupulous in their attempts to follow the law of God (Matthew 5:20)….

 

Matthew 5:20 

20For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

 Moreover, not all of their traditions and their interpretations of God’s law were bad—some were benefical. And Jesus himself even told the people of His day to follow in what they said regarding the law of God:

 

Matthew 23

Seven Woes

 1Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: 2“The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3So you must obey them and do everything they tell you.

 

The problem, however, arose when the leaders (1) took man-made rules as seriously as God’s law, (2) told the people to obey these rules but did not do so themselves, or (3) obeyed the rules not to honor God but to make themselves look good…..and using their knowledge/positions NOT as GOD DESIRED—TO  GIVE OF ONESELF TO HELP GOD & OTHERS, remaining AWARE OF/SENSITIVE to the NEEDS OF OTHERS and modeling the kind of leadership that Jesus was all about:

SERVANT LEADERSHIP!!!!!!!! 

Matthew 23:8-12 

 8“But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one Master and you are all brothers. 9And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 10Nor are you to be called ‘teacher,’ for you have one Teacher, the Christ.[a] 11The greatest among you will be your servant. 12For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

John 13

Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet

 1It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.[a]  2The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus. 3Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.  6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”  7Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”  8“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
      Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
 9“Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”  10Jesus answered, “A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.  12When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13“You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

  

 

Mark 10:35-45 

The Request of James and John

 35Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”  36“What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.  37They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”  38“You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”  39“We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, 40but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.”  41When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. 42Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

   Read through Matthew 23 & YOU’LL quickly see how much it angers God—No MATTER HOW MANY GOOD WORKS ONE DOES—When one lacks the characteristics of LOVE, Mercy, Faith, Justice, or is simply concerned with keeping up with appearances while inwardly you’re corrupt. Like the Pharisees, how many people know the Bible but never let it change their lives. They say they love Jesus, but don’t live by His STANDARDS OF LOVE

How many are all about head knowledge/facts, but THEIR LOVE IS COLD—which is a KEY CHARACTERISTIC OF THOSE WHO WILL FALL AWAY IN THE LAST DAYS:

Matthew 24:10-13 

10At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.

How many are like the Pharisees who act SPIRITUAL to COVER UP THEIR OWN SIN, for If there were issues in their own lives that needed to be adressed, they’d simply mask it by pointing to the errors of others & using the Word of God like a toy, weilding it to support whatever agenda they had. Doing so was essentially pride, for they believed that they were above reproach/correction (or at least to the degree that they were only willing to admit error where they were COMFORTABLE admitting it)……and that sin of pride is all that was needed to open the door for a host of other sins that were never expected to occur, from sexual immorality to lying to manipulation, etc. As John Bunyan once said, “SINS NEVER TRAVEL ALONE…..”…& the sins I say yes too because they seem less OBVIOUS/DEADLY (i.e. pride, self-righteousness, haughitness) are the same ones that’ll open the door to all of the others I didn’t want. Old Antony & various other ministries that have done the same are living proof of this.

THAT’S scary, & moreover ESPECIALLY seeing that the Word makes clear that worldliness is not a mere thing of EXTERNAL ACTIONS/attitudes, but OF INNER ONES AS as well.

 I can have all the correct theological knowledge IN THE WORLD & BE POINTING OUT CRUCIAL ERRORS in the LIVES OF OTHERS… but still be worldly at heart/still in DANGER of mess, especially seeing that PRIDE/FOCUSING on exalitng oneself iNstead of building others up is a WORLDLY Attitude & listed among the things that are evidence of one not truly being connected with the Lord.

One could be giving the appearance that they’re against the things of the world & yet still be worldy at heart. 

I John 2:15-18Do Not Love the World 15Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the BOASTING OF WHAT HE HAS & DOES—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.Warning Against Antichrists 18Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour

 

 

EVERYTHING WE DO MUST BE DONE IN LOVE/WITH THE MOTIVE OF BUILDING UP THE SAINTS….or else the Work we do for God will be
torn down/not last.

 

And even when it seems that good is coming about from our actions, if our motives are dark, they’ll manifest/rise to the surface at SOME POINT…..& it’ll be an UGLY SIGHT,  

Luke 12

Warnings and Encouragements

1Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

2There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 3What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.

 

Pray other saints keep this in mind, & that we remain ALERT OURSELVES regarding our own motives/attitudes when it comes to exposing error or dealing with ANY KIND OF MINISTRY

  

Romans 12:3Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.

 

  

Galatians 6

Doing Good to All

 1Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. 2Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself

 

 

  • James 3:12-18
  • My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.13Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. 16For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. 17But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.
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3 Responses to “ELATIONSHIPS/LOVE (Part 2): The Missing Link in Dealing with Matters of FAITH/DOCTRINE”

  1. Thanks man, You are right because the Word is right. ‘Bein’ reflective right about now.

    Peace

  2. Thanks, Elder Jimmy, for gracing the site with your prescence Brah (though if interested, I’d suggest checking out this post since it’s technically an update of this one:

    https://emissary7.wordpress.com/2007/12/19/the-new-phariseeical-movement-in-the-club-or-not/

    By the way, would be be comfortable sharing where you’re being reflective right now or what in the post really touched you? I’d love to hear.

    Later, Brah…..

  3. Thanks for the welcome.
    The part of the post that touched me is summed up in 1 Peter 2:17; Show proper respect to everyone…. you used that in the post. On another site, I felt insulted and attacked for my views with words that were designed to humiliate and berate. I had to evaluate my own words, in my mouth and on paper, etc. For instance, I was at a work related event last night and a co-worker did a really selfish, disrespectful and obnoxious thing to another. I was recounting the event to my wife and I used all the words with which I just described the person’s actions except I called him a “pig”. I very clearly heard the Spirit say to me; “Don’t call him a pig”. I repented and quickly adjusted my attitude. Sometimes folk in leadership can become careless with our words. I have been harmed by that and I don’t want my service to the LORD to be marred by it. The post did a deeper work of grace in my life this morning. I am not just speaking lightly, I mean it.

    Blesssings,
    Elder Jimmy aka saint james

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