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Scripture… As We Live It #202

Posted by on Apr 1, 2012 in as we live it, scripture | 4 comments

Scripture… As We Live It #202

This is the 202nd passage in “Scripture… As We Live It.” (And, no, this isn’t an April Fools joke…)

As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned. Unless, of course, you agree with that divisive person. In that case, you should support that person and encourage him to continue to stand firm for God. (Titus 3:10-11 re-mix)

(Please read the first post for an explanation of this series.)


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  1. 4-1-2012

    One would think that Paul might have explained in more detail exactly how to get past the trap of taking sides in a serious matter. But one would me mistaken to look for an answer to a question that is not in Gods heart, and therefore not explicitly spelled out in scripture.
    All of history is a record of Adams children being tested to see if they will choose to be right, or to walk in truth, as it is in Jesus. Eph 4:21. The temptation to be right has lured many, many brethren who started off walking with Jesus to feel it necessary to forsake humility and long suffering, prayer and patience in order to defend truth.
    Its instructive that Jesus didnt expose Judas for 3 yrs, though he, and likely the disciples knew he was a thief and liar. Our appetite for 12 step programs and prescriptions of how to live in the Spirit is not borne of God. We have perfected the art of routing the Judas’s from out midst, resulting in a church at war, and the greatest impediment to tired sinners bowing before the Prince of Peace.
    Paul prefaced Eph 4 with precisely how to prevent division or respond to divisive ones.
    “all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
    3Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

    It is messy, uncertain, risky and dangerous to weak brothers to witness a church going thru this kind of conflict. But it is necessary.
    Its the one universal way that we learn that we all are capable of division, even heresy, if we dont choose to be Christlike rather than to be right, or as we have disingenuously called ‘ love the truth’.
    The tension between family members that quarrel is where they stand or fall. Its always right to stand for the truth, but its not always right to stand with a brother that stands for the truth. Sometimes, people who are right in truth are wrong in attitude, forgetting that truth is not always being right.
    There is way to heal divisions that have already occurred, like the schism we find ourselves in after two millenniums of drinking the Kool Aid of being right.
    We must endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
    If we are indeed going to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, we all going to have to relearn how to walk in ALL lowliness and meekness (no fleshly anger) with long suffering, forbearing one another in love. If there is a prescription, that’s it.
    If a church, a family or even a political party would make that their SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) even for selfish reasons, they would soon be widely known as leaders, mentors and an example to follow.
    Error, untruthfulness, lies, carnality et al become increasingly difficult to practice in an atmosphere of humility, meekness,long suffering and gentle but firm patience with each others weaknesses.
    Division, arguing over doctrines, who is right, church models etc is a devilish, foreign vaccination that Satan has injected Gods people with. Satan tricked Eve into wanting to know Good and Evil like God, and all of her children have faced the same test ever since.
    Like our first parents, we will choose knowledge when we dont hunger for the tree of Life.
    Tolerating division among Gods family is like a getting vaccinated.
    Doctors have convinced us that the way to not get sick with a disease from your neighbor is to put a little bit of that disease into your blood, in order to kickstart and speed up your own immune system to fight it when you contact it.
    And we thought blood letting in the middle ages was voodoo science!
    This assumes your immune system is not good enough, and it may not be, and therein is the hook. Rather than strengthen your immune system, rely on poison to make you stonger.
    We fall prey to this trick because we dont believe that the Lord Jesus, who indwells us, is the anti-body to not only our neighbors infection, but also our own, that we inflict on them.
    Fear of our neighbors sin has blinded us to our own.
    This would be a good place to remind us that Jesus told us to remove the log from our own eye so that we can see clearly to take the splinter from our neighbors.
    Apparently, we all have something in our eyes.
    We dont need to defend the truth at the cost of losing a family member who is mistaken, deceived or even proud.
    They will not be able to stand up to the flood of love and conviction of the Holy Spirit that He releases on them, when we quit trying to do His work and just let Him do it.
    And if they do manage to stand up to Him, like Judas, they will go out from among us, proving that they were never part of us.
    If we will continue in meekness, walking in truth ourselves, loving even our enemies, calling out to Father to change the hearts of those who oppose themselves and us, then we will witness the miracle of unity that turned the Roman Empire upside down in a generation.

  2. 4-1-2012

    As for a person who stirs up division (someone who does not agree with our exclusive sectarian interpretation of scripture, one who does not recognize our self proclaimed religious authority or who does not hold to and practice our time honored religious traditions), after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned. (Titus 3:10-11 re-mix)

  3. 4-2-2012

    Just found your site, love the concept this concept! Have read through a few and plan on reading more. They are spot-on!

    To Hutch: Love your take on this Scripture as we have recently be “asked” to find anothr church because we had the audacity to question some things in the pastor’s messages and behavior, and then talk about them in our small group. Someone tattled on us, and without any witness or opportunity to rebutt, we were asked to leave. So much for “what happens in group stays in group.”

  4. 4-2-2012

    Nee said that nothing tests the spirituality of a teacher like opposition to his teaching; we may know aright, but God wants to see if we can love aright.

    I think the vaccine diatribe detracts from an otherwise good message.