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  "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." - Mark 16:15 

 

Dealing With Heresy

"And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God." Acts 9:19-20
Acts 19 talks about the conversion of Saul, who then became known as Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles.

When Paul got saved, one of the first things he did was to meet with the disciples.  On meeting with the disciples, they confirmed his testimony was true, and straightway he preached the Gospel.

The more he preached; the longer he was a Christian, the greater in strength he grew,
"But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ." Acts 9:22

When a Christian is Born

When a person is saved, becoming a Christian, it can be easy to be bombarded with different, conflicting information.  There are many false prophets out there, maybe more than at the time of the Apostle Paul.  However, the roadmap is still the same.

Notice Paul did not argue with the Apostles, who, at that time, were his elders.  He gave them his testimony, he was saved.  He began in earnest to preach the Gospel.  That was his focus.

When we are saved as new Christians, it's something to consider.  There may be elders we encounter who have some things wrong, however, they are still elders.  We should be careful, in our zeal, and in our growth as babes, not to argue or disagree with them.  They've been saved for a long time, and been through a lot.  As Paul said, we should intreat them as a father,
“Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;”  1 Tim 5:1
We get saved, give the elders their place, but, as the Apostle Paul did, let's use our zeal to reach out to the lost.

There is plenty of time to grow in the faith.  At some point later, with more experience, and given due respect, we are then in a position to disagree, if required, with an elder, or the elders, and possibly even split.

But, using Paul's conversion as an example, and Paul's guidance in 1 Tim 5:1,  let us give the elders their place.


As a new Christian, everything can seem new, and is.

But, perhaps, let's not get overly caught up tripping over everyone else's heresies or incorrect teachings.  Be patient, give respect, and instead, focus on the Lord, focus on preaching the Gospel.

Did Paul Disagree with Apostles later?

Yes!
"But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed." Gal. 2:11
Paul confronted Peter, quite severely, over his treatment of saved gentiles, discriminating against them because they were not Jews.  Peter, and the other Jews, were indeed wrong!  Paul, an Apostle himself, and having grown in the faith, confronted Peter.

There is a time and a place to confront an elder, but that is not at the start.  At that stage more than any, we run the risk of contending only in strife, and carnality, as like the early church, at Corinth, wrote about by Paul in the Corinthian Epistles,
"For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?” 1 Cor. 3:3.
There is time to grow in the faith.  There is a time to speak, and a time to hold our peace.

Keep reading our Bibles, keep growing in the Lord, trust the Lord to guide you and take care of you, and remember, even if you disagree with a brother in Christ, he is still your brother.  With this in mind, let us be mindful not to devour each other,
But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.” Gal. 5:15
A person must learn to submit, to be gracious, to give place, if he is also to learn how to lead well, should such a situation have to arise.

Conclusion

There is a lot of great preaching and teaching online, and in print, but, it's perhaps worthwhile to remember, that that preaching and teaching is not necessarily specific for the receiver.  Advice for someone who's saved for 20 years, will be different for someone who's saved for 2 months.

What if you can't Stomach a Church?

What if you can't stomach a church just now?  What if they are too ecumenical for you?  What if they are too compromised for you?  Then perhaps it's better, than instead of causing division and strife, to instead, walk alone.  I say this, because I have done this.  When I first became saved, I couldn't find a church.  Instead, rather than go where I would be unhappy, or cause trouble, I walked alone.  I used this time to witness to people who I thought wouldn't be reached by the normal church routes.  I spent time, in my humble way, not much, ministering to the homeless, to people on the street.  Helping them in some small way if I could, physically, financially, emotionally, and of course, giving them the Gospel.  Even just spending time with them.

It was a lonely road, but, God used me.  God will still be able to use your circumstances, and grow you and guide you, and open doors you wouldn't have thought would have been there.

Amen.

Walking Alone - Advice for a Bible Believer!

If you have to walk alone, especially as a Bible believer, here is some helpful advice from Pastor Gene Kim, MP3 here and YouTube link here.  Pastor Gene Kim has a good ministry in my opinion, and, especially for people who don't have a church, because he spends a lot of time caring for people outwith his church, by posting online, for people who are walking alone, without a church.

I would say, just be careful though.  God never intended for us to walk alone as Christians.  Sometimes, it's good to have patience and tolerance for our brothers in Christ.  We can devote our zeal to soulwinning, even if doing this on our own, but still having a body of believers to fellowship with.  At the very least, to have a body of believers who we are in fellowship with, so that even if we could direct a person who've we've witnessed to, to a church.

God bless.





13th January 2019.

 

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