wHo’s wRiTing tHe cOmMaNdMenTs wHere yOu wOrsHip?

Rabid dogWe’re proactive if a rabid animal is on the loose in the neighborhood, but if a potentially deadly poison threatens to infect our congregation, we hesitate to put up a defense, let alone launch an attack. Churches teeter on collapse weekly and though it may appear to stem from financial woes, music styles, race, abortion, homosexuality or one of the other controversial subjects we debate, most travesties happen when EVIL sprouts in the hearts of those we consider brothers and sisters. When it’s not eradicated, it spreads and when it spreads, it destroys.  JESUS had the utmost tolerance for the lost, but HE quickly rebuked hypocrites in the church-having no patience with those using HIS FATHER’S NAME for their own propaganda.

Playing church posterWe quote verses on judging to justify an unwillingness to combat uncomfortable situations. Well, we’re also told to use spiritual DISCERNMENT. It’s heartbreaking to realize how many of GOD’S children aren’t consistent students of the BIBLE, so they rely on self serving interpretations from others. Often, the same ones secretly devising wicked plans are the same ones being depended on to provide holy guidance.

James 3:8-10 no human can tame the tongue. It’s restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord & Father & with it we curse people made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth comes blessings & cursings. Brothers, these things ought not be so.

OVOLTAIRE criticizebserve those who worship with you. Who prays more for your church and leaders than talks about it or them? Who shows respect for all members, regardless of social status or political views? Who frequents hallways complaining and campaigning? Who uses social media to conspire or backbite? IDENTIFY them and RUN away just as you’d flee from a RABID dog!

I don’t usually choose this translation (THE MESSAGE), but in the case of Romans 16:17-18 I think it’s one of the best. 17-18 One final word of counsel, my friends. Keep a sharp eye out for those who take bits and pieces of the teaching that you learned and then use them to make trouble. Give these people a wide berth. They have no intention of living for our Master Christ. They’re only in this for what they can get out of it, and aren’t above using pious sweet talk to dupe unsuspecting innocents.

Brave & trustworthy Spirit Warriors are the backbone of your church, so strive to be one who serves on the front line, unified with those who genuinely want ONLY GOD’S plans to succeed for your church.

2nd Timothy 3:1-17  1But know this: Difficult times will come in the last days. 2For people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good, 4traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5holding to the form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid these people!

6For among them are those who worm their way into households & capture idle women burdened down with sins, led along by a variety of passions, 7 always learning and never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes & Jambres resisted Moses, so these also resist the truth, men who are corrupt in mind, worthless in regard to the faith. 9 But they will not make further progress, for their lack of understanding will be clear to all, as theirs was also.

10But you’ve followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love & endurance, 11 along with the persecutions & sufferings that came to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra. What persecutions I endured! Yet the Lord rescued me from them all. 12In fact, all those who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 13Evil people & impostors will become worse, deceiving & being deceived. 14But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed. You know those who taught you 15and you know that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.proverbs10_9

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