Worn Out Clichés
When close friends or relatives that are "called a brother", are living in manifest sin, we often hear the following clichés from either them and/or other family friends and relatives.
Thats between me and God. Leave it up to God. Its none of your business. YOU cant read my heart. You dont know how I feel.
No-we cannot read the heart, but God says by their" fruit" you shall know them. We can "see" the fruit. Salvation brings forth the fruit of "good works".
Matt 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Does the above verse tell you why we are born again"? We are re-created in Jesus Christ unto good works. Why does the Holy Spirit of God come to indwell repentant believers? To create in us a desire and to enable us to do good works. Our spirit is regenerated and sanctified. Our spirit is made the righteousness of Christ. Christ did good works. We are to do the same. We are to walk after the Spirit. We are to walk after our spirit and His Spirit. Our spirit is made righteous as Christs Spirit.
2 Cor 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
1 Pet 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; ( SOUL--5590 psuche (psoo-khay' from 5594;f rom 4154; breath, i.e. (by implication) spirit) SPIRIT of man(4151 pneuma (pnyoo'-mah); from 4154; a current of air, i.e. breath) come from the same root word, 4154 pneo (pneh'-o); a primary word; to breathe hard, i.e. breeze:
SO-we have the flesh outnumbered two to one. Our body of flesh verses our spirit and Gods Spirit.
Matt 18:15-17 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
Tell it publicly. If the person will not listen to the group, disfellowship him.
Matt 18:18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Whatsoever the "group" shall restrain on earth will be honored in heaven, and whatsoever the "group" as members of Christ, shall un-restrain on earth shall be honored in heaven.
Matt 18:19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
The promise that prayer will be answered if even two agree provides additional proof that the prayerful decisions of an assemble of believers in disciplinary actions will be divinely honored. This promise pertaining to united prayer must be considered in the light of Christ's other teaching on the subject.
John 5:14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
The brothers have judged the sin in his life. If he doesnt heed them, God will judge him with chastisement, which is a far worse thing.
There am I in the midst. A promise of Christ's special presence in the smallest conceivable assembly.
1 Tim 5:21 I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.
I have been given multiple gifts by the Holy Spirit of God. I have the gift of preaching, teaching and overseeing and all that comes with it. I have the desire, the hunger, and the zeal to do the job. It is NOT because I cannot do anything else. It is NOT just to have something to do. I have the resolve, the determination and the aspiration to continue against all odds. Because the gifts are sufficient and proficient I have the courage to perform "these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality". I have the authority before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels to perform these gifts. I have as much authority as the greatest who has served Christ many years.
2 Cor 10:8 For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, (building up in knowledge-improvement) and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed:
Gal 2:6 But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man's person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me:
Those who seemed to be somebody did not intimidate Paul, the apostle. That is, those who walked with Jesus. He was their equal in the Word.
2 Tim 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering (patience) and doctrine.(instruction)
We are to be unchanging. We are to continue when things are favorable and when things are unfavorable. We are to be patient and keep on instructing.. We are not to give up on them. We are to keep on keeping on. They may say; "Shut up already and mind your own business", but thats okay. We are minding Gods business.
Titus 2:12-15. Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
Ministers should not let Brethren despise us because of age or relationship. Ministers are to stand firm and reprove and rebuke sin with all authority.
1 Cor 5:11-13 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
II Thess. 3:14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
1 Tim 5:20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.
Titus 1:13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
God doesnt say, "because you cannot read the heart of these people, remain silent and tolerate this sin. Read what GOD SAYS. Forget what YOU THINK. God doesnt care what we THINK.
Isa 55:7-9 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
He wants us to DO what He SAYS.
Gen 27:8 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee.
1 Cor 11:31-32. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
I really believe that judging ourselves, (each other) and reproving sin in our brethren is "Christian Love". Its either our Christian Righteousness Judgment, or Gods Judgment. I would much rather submit to judgment by the brethren, for Gods judgment comes with chastisement. (whip-punish-flog-scourge) Look at the chastisement God gave to King David. God even kills some and takes them home. 1 Cor 11:30 "For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep."
1 Sam 2:29 Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice and at mine offering, which I have commanded in my habitation; and honourest thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the offerings of Israel my people?
1 Sam 2:34 And this shall be a sign unto thee, that shall come upon thy two sons, on Hophni and Phinehas; in one day they shall die both of them.
We can honor our relatives and friends above God in different ways. We can take their side against Gods Word. We can remain silent when God says speak out. We can be the reason God kills them.