Archive for September, 2010

They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?”  But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest. Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all. (Mark 9:33-35)

In the UK, it is that time again where people are voting for their favourite acts in the MOBO (Music Of Black Origin) awards. However, what I have noticed in the twitter and facebook world are gospel artists asking their audience to vote for them to be the best gospel artist. The very fact that they are doing this does not sit comfortably with me. Am I saying that their motives are wrong? Only God knows but what I do know is, as my friend said, it doesn’t exactly scream humility. I am one for healthy competition and there is nothing wrong with getting recognition, applause etc. In fact the bible gives an example where it says that we should give honor to those are over us but in a nutshell, what is being said here indirectly (and sometimes directly) is ‘Vote for me to say that I’m the best’. I have no problems with ‘A’ saying vote for ‘B’ but I do have a issue with ‘A’ saying vote for ‘A’.

I get many encouraging comments about this blog for which I am thankful. However, if there was a competition for the best Christian blog site, I couldn’t imagine saying to people ‘please vote for my site’.

Maybe it’s just me

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. (Phil 2:3)

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Prayer is the pulse of life; by it the doctor can tell what is the condition of the heart. The sin of praylessness is proof for the ordinary Christian or minister that the life of God in the soul is in deadly sickness and weakness – Andrew Murray

As per my previous post, Lecrae’s album Rehab drops on the 28 September. If you want to know about the man behind the music, listen to his story here

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Humanity has searched long and hard for answers to our ills, pains, and unsatisfying lives. While we were created emotionally, spiritually, and physically healthy, sin has caused us turn away from God and separated us from Him and His goodness. We need restoration, healing, and rehabilitation back to that original state of unity with God. Jesus is our rehabilitation. The Christian life is an entrance into Rehab.

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It is amazing to me how few Christians know their Bible regarding the topic of public rebuke and censure of brethren in sin—and especially that of ministers in error. After all, there are copious Scriptures on the topic throughout both the Old and New Testaments. The apostle Paul in particular detailed this topic within his epistles. Christians read these passages everyday… so why have not more believers contemplated their significance and application within the modern Church?

In fact, surprisingly, many will often will attack those who are attempting to apply these Scriptures to a specific situation which certainly calls for it. Labeling them as “critics” or “spreaders of strife,” such people will misapply the principles of public censure and rebuke against to those who are righteous… in DEFENSE of the ones in error. This is an obviously bizarre twist of both Scripture and circumstances, I know… but I have seen it done time and time again. Such twisted behavior is especially prevalent whenever a “popular” or charismatic minister is the topic of the public rebuke—and/or when people’s own agendas and “hero worship” cloud their good sense and proper judgment.

On the other hand, it is not surprising at all that believers are “in the dark on this topic” because many ministers teach doctrines convenient to their own agendas, and prefer to avoid teaching believers truths that might be applied against them. Never mind the fact that the honest pastor would actually have fewer problems in his/her church if they properly taught on the subject of Church discipline and public accountability of all believers—including preachers. Never mind the fact that such teaching is critical for the spiritual growth of believers—and inoculation of the church against both heresy and the “wolves in sheep’s clothing” who are often prowling for new victims.

No, many preachers (including pastors) are more inclined to shy away from such obvious doctrines of Scripture. Rather, many ministers often prefer to favor unbalanced teaching of biblical topics (particularly “tolerance,” “love,” “forgiveness,” and “submission to authority”) in an effort to avoid having people confront them on various issues ad nauseam. In fact, many preachers go to great lengths to avoid passages in the Bible that discuss confrontation of sin and public accountability.

In truth, many ministers are tired of people “messing with them” and “rebuking” them left and right (which often happens to us preachers when ignorant people want to make “big deals” over very small doctrinal differences). So these defensive ministers bend their teaching in such a way as to squash such “disrespect” and “disorder” in the Church (i.e. to keep the weird people off their backs). So it is understandable how some ministers can in self-interest find themselves stressing only “one side of the coin” within their teaching. However, this tendency is itself in GREAT error, and even leaves the ministers more vulnerable to temptations—as they can too-often end up using such distorted teaching to cover their own sins.

ALL ministers should be applying a balanced approach to these biblical topics in their teaching— one which quells error to the extremes in either direction (i.e. errant over-rebuke on one extreme, and the errant ignoring of obvious sin on the other). Otherwise they will likely eventually fail the self-imposed standard of integrity that the apostle Paul espoused as an example of all HONEST men and women of God in ministry:

But [like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships] and subdue it, for fear that after proclaiming to others the Gospel and things pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit [not stand the test, be unapproved and rejected as a counterfeit]. (1 Corinthians 9:27, AMP)

Paul not only taught that brethren in sin should be held accountable by the Church, he also maintained that same standard for ministers—including himself. Thus, Paul also had a self-imposed reason to strive for purity and holiness within both his own heart and the conduct of his own daily living: To avoid public embarrassment and reproach for being found a hypocrite.

Now, let me emphatically note that NO Christian or minister is immune to the temptations offered daily by a world in gross darkness (and the devil who controls it). However, a holy reverence for God—coupled with the knowledge that one will be held accountable by the Body of Christ once their sins are discovered—can have a POWERFUL deterrent effect that can keep the believer (and minister) on the “straight and narrow path” rather than giving in to the enemy’s solicitation:

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (Matthew 7:13-14, NIV) Further, once a minister (or believer) is held accountable for such sins by the Body of Christ, it begins a process that will hopefully lead to their FULL REPENTANCE—and their subsequent restoration to pure living and profitable ministry.

Related Posts:

False Teachers: Naming names, is that biblical or loving?

Justin Peters ‘Wrong To Name Names on Revelation TV’

A Call for Discernment – Justin Peters

Naming names: Is it biblical? – Part 1

Naming names: Is it biblical? – Part 2

Naming names: Is it biblical? – Part 3

Naming names: Is it biblical? – Part 4

Naming names: Is it biblical? – Part 5

Naming names: Is it biblical? – Part 6

Naming names: Is it biblical? – Part  7

Naming names: Is it biblical? – Part 8 – THE CONCLUSION

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers (Interlude) – My reason for doing this

The marks of false ‘christian’ teaching and teachers  – The Conclusion

“I’m always amazed by the people who, despite God’s clear and emphatic commands through the Apostle Paul, say things like, “Ah, we need to forget about the differences in our doctrines, and we just need to love one another.” as though those two are consistent goals. Surely they haven’t come to realize that the only way we can love right is to live right, and the only way we can live right is to believe right.”

– Mark Kielar

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. (2 Timothy 4:7-8)