Skubalon
I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus and count them but rubbish.

“I’m Agin it”: When Negatives Always Prevail

Sort of an addition to my previous blog post, “What does a sell out Church look like?” 

I have been thinking about the negatives that fly from some people. So much so that I question how healthy it is to them as Christians.

Now don’t you tried and true testers of every churches actions jump on here and point out the passages that tell us to avoid false teaching. Give me some credit. I know what verses like 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 says and another one 1 Timothy 6:3-4.

Sure we must avoid these evils and they are there. And yes there are sell outs that go on. My previous blog mentioned a few and I cannot stress enough of how important it is to know those things are going on and stick to the straight path. I applaud those who do so.

But one has to question the degree that this can go. When it becomes less about truth of scripture and making sure you and others don’t fall into a trap of Satan and becomes more like a witch hunt. Or when a person becomes so stringent that they start making non-essential freedoms in Christ doctrine then we have a problem.

Balance is lost here. I also feel sort of a sense of superiority and snobbery that comes from certain comments. As if to say, “I have it right soley and you are damned to hell.” That might be the case in some instances but it seems to be present even with the non-essentials. When this balance is lost then the other side of the coin is lost and that is love.

Now I know some will say, “What better love is there then sticking to the truth?” That is equally true, but if this need to stay close to the truth hampers your ability to love then you are missing something. When Christians circle around the water like sharks looking for some blood laced heresy to jump on they lose track of something very important.

Jesus told us in John 13:34-35, “Love one another as I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know you are my discples if you love one another.”

Now Jesus could say this and in the same turn tell the world repent and turn from your evil ways b/c the end is near. See he knew balance. Telling them that they must not live according to evil ways but also speaking at times of love.

 So I hope that we will see that though we must stand firm the notion that we as Christians are to always be on the guard to verbally burn someone at the stake then we do more harm than good especially to our own selves. Too much negative can make us hateful and angry.

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One Response to ““I’m Agin it”: When Negatives Always Prevail”

  1. Probably the best advice when discussing the actions of another church in regards to whether or not it is a sell-out is to discuss the action, not the motives of the church or its leadership. So, we might say that clown communion is not a great idea and discuss why without specifically calling out Suchandsuch Christian Church. We can say why an idea is bad without insisting that the church that did it is wrong or squishy.
    But, we ARE called to discern what is right and good, and we can do so without being constantly negative.

    Me, I’m about sick of the whole subject after today.


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