In Need of Correction

“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault,
ye which are spiritual, restore such an one
in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself,
lest thou also be tempered.”
“But let every man prove his own work, and
then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone,
and not in another.”  Ephesians 1:1, 4.

The Church at Ephesus was a troubled group of people who Paul wrote to show them what had been bestowed upon them. The book of Revelations in the second chapter versus 1-7 records for future generations that certain sins needed to be corrected. The volume called Revelation was penned by John, through the power given by the Holy Spirit.

However, Paul the Apostle to the gentiles, also had sent to their congregation a letter which was both a compliment and a condemnation. This city was one of the first gentile churches in what we call today Turkey. The history told to us in Acts, records some of the events which happened here.

Rome ruled this city, yet prior to Rome the place had been conquered by the Persians and Athenians. There was a reason for it since commerce flowed to and from it. Part of the business was making and worshiping the pagan God, Diana. We know this caused a riot when Paul was present. There was characteristics Paul brought with him always upheaval. In Acts 19:26-27, this has partially laid out what happened.

“Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone
at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia,
this Paul hath persuaded and turned away
much people, saying that they be no gods,
which are made with hands:
So that not only this our craft is in danger
to be set at naught; but also that the temple
of the great goddess Diana should be
despised, and her magnificence should be
destroyed, whom all Asia and the world
worshippeth.”

This is somewhat of the background of this business center that the teaching of Christ upsets the status quo.

 

OUR TIME

The teaching of the New Testament has been subverted in our time by the promotion of the social gospel. Instead of the redemption gospel – the Protestant and Roman Catholic groups have adopted the social gospel. The following are some of its activities.

Give shelter to the homeless without telling the Gospel,
• Give food to the poor without instructing the Gospel,
• Get government support by forming a 501c group and/or corporation,
• Annually raise dollars for the less fortunate,
• Always have public relations approach, and
• Give no financial report unless forced.

The issue the comes up to ask is any of this wrong. The answer is, “Yes”. This is not a private enterprise, but it is the duty of the church for its own members. The books of Acts set this out. In the writings of Paul such is never espoused by the Apostle.

What has happened in the Protestant and Roman Catholic Churches that it has taken on a name that cannot be found in the Holy Scripture. This label is “Civil Rights”.

This encompasses a multitude of “give me” or “I don’t like to work” attitudes. The common name for this is a welfare state. The church has fostered this insidious evil mechanism. Look around you. It will easily be seen. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not the welfare state.
The Gospel is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, which assures we Christians of a place in eternity.

If you have attended a main line Protestant church, you have heard this kind of preaching. It is not only has infiltrated the pulpit but the periodical wrote this garbage. Our task should be to tell the Gospel not where – but how it can be obtained.

Recently the publication came to my home called “The Christian Standard”. The author was not known since it only had printed “By Anonymous”. The article was entitled “Letter From a Skeptic”:

“If there is a God, I’m not sure the Church is very
much like him. Increasingly, I found myself at
odds with the dominant Christian world view. To
paraphrase Gandhi, I like Jesus, I just don’t want
to be a Christian. I’ve read a few books that argue
the case for Christianity by producing various
evidences to convince the reader that Christianity is
“true” – that Christianity is the “right” religion to
follow. But I need to know more than that.”

“The question I grapple with isn’t so much
whether Christianity is right but whether it is good.
Can I be a Christian and be good?”

It shows some long-haired unkempt woman pictured in the article. First, she should have used a comb. The article is a slap at we who hold dear to the fundamentals of Christianity. This can only ring disrepute upon those who are believers. There is no way for me to know what all the main-line churches espouse; but, my guess is that such groups as followers do:

United Methodist,
• Presbyterian,
• Disciples of Christ,
• Northern Baptist,
• Episcopal,
• Some fundamentalist, and
• Roman Catholics.

 

ANOTHER GROUP

It seems that the mainline groups here lost their command to everybody. This means that their members will decrease just as they have.

 

Sin is no longer proclaimed. Judgment is scoffed as meaningless.

 

Life after death should not be brought up in polite company. Homosexuals are merely a type of life style. Adultery and fornication should be viewed as merely an alternative. Church attendance is never required. Tithing belongs to another age – not today. The best is almost endless.

Yet there is another group of people who state their pattern for worship God is Simple. The thrust is that the New Testament gives to us the pattern for the Church as well as the person to exist.

Actually what these people are doing is to seek the restoration of the New Testament as set out. This means that when the New Covenant was written, such was inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is not a movement, nor a traditionally found group. We and they seek to restore the early church.

This group has been given the name of the Restoration Plea. Anything else would border upon paganism. The Church has been evaded by the doctrine of John Calvin.

One area is when people are to pray the sinner’s prayer. It goes like this – “Do you believe in Jesus? Yes! Now you are saved.” This is not what scripture teaches to be accepted by God. The book of Acts instructs the following:

Hear,
• Believe,
• Confess Christ,
• Repent of Sin, and
• Immersion.

That is different than what Protestants and Roman Catholics teach. The New Testament teaches what is set one above.

 

GREETING

Paul Set out in Ephesians 1:1-3, the way to win people’s attention. He was not harsh in the opening remarks.

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by
the will of God, to the saints which
are at Eph’esus, and to the faithful
in Christ Jesus:
Grace to be with you, and peace, from
God our Father, and from the Lord
Jesus Christ.
Blessed be the God and Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed
us with all spiritual blessings in
heavenly places in Christ.”

His approach was not to start with an attack but to use a kindly and dignified approach. This should be our pattern also.

Unfortunately, many people blast others with harsh remarks. This makes no sense because the recipient is then on the defense.

 

BEFORE CREATION

We Christians who, was is and always will be. This means before the foundation of the earth God knew what we are going to be doing even this day as you read this article. In the human mind this is very difficult to comprehend. Read this starting statement in three versus in Ephesians 1:4-6.

“According as he hath chosen us in him
before the foundation of the world, that
we should be holy and without blame
before him in love:
having predestinated us unto the
adoption of children by Jesus Christ to
himself, according to the good pleasure
of his will.
To the praise of the glory of his grace,
wherein he hath made us accepted in
the beloved.”

In no way does this mean that you and I have no choice & that we are robots.

He knows our very personality. We have a choice what we will do and what we did. Otherwise it would mean God invented sin. This is not correct. This doctrine in no way presupposes this. Then the book of Acts would be a fraud and a lie – which it is not.

When actions of certain people are watched it can easily be predicted the future event. When the social Gospel replaces the plea of the Bible several predictions can be made:

Decrease in membership,
• Immortality will be bloated,
• Outside look at the Church as a non-entity,
• False religions will replace Christianity,
• Society will scoff at Christianity, and
• Buildings will be built to replace repentance.

Some of this already is happening.

 

GRATEFUL HEART

What was done for us was God sent is only Son to us for our redemption. This is told to us in Ephesians 1:7-9.

“In whom we have redemption through
his blood, the forgiveness of sins,
according to the riches of his grace;
Wherein he hath abounded toward us
in all wisdom and prudence;
having made known unto us the
mystery of his will, according to his
good pleasure which he hath proposed
in himself.”

The fact that Christ coming for a reason should produce joy within us. It is set out what our reaction is to be in Ephesians 1:11, 12.

“In whom also we have obtained an
inheritance, being predestinated
according to the purpose of him who
worketh all things after the counsel
of his own will:
that we should be to the praise of his
glory, who first trusted in Christ.”

 

WORD HAD SPREAD

Some wise pundit has said there is no secret. It may seem that way, churches as well as people do have personality. Paul knew what this church had done and he praised them.

It was Paul that prayed to God that this church be given special gifts of the wisdom, revelation, understanding, enlightened and no hope of the future. You can read this in Ephesians 1:17-18.

“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of Glory, may give unto you
the spirit of wisdom and revelation in
the knowledge of him:
the eyes of your understanding being
enlightened; that ye may know what is
the hope of his calling, and what the
riches of the glory of his inheritance in
the saints.”

Paul states that God raised Christ from the dead which gives to we Christians a different perspective of who we are. Ephesians 1:20, tells me this.

“Which he wrought in Christ, when he
raised him from the dead, and set him
at his own right hand in the heavenly
places.”

Another great hope is that God has given great wonderful power to His Son. Christ subdues our enemies. Strange events happen.

Just look at what happened in the election of 2016. Hillary Clinton was predicted to be the next President. People saw that she and her husband, the impeached ex-President, Bill Clinton were not worthy. The Liar muslim-leaning socialist occupant of the White House was repugnant also. Do you think this was a freak of nature?

In addition to being ‘allowed’ to vote Trump into office, now we are learning that maybe millions of illegals voted. This sounds to me as if God intervened. He HAD to have intervened!

 

CONCLUSION

These facts should be kept in mind from this chapter:

1. Salvation is found only in Christ,
2. Pray as Paul did for Ephesus – for your church,
3. Christ has all the Authority,
4. Remember God gives us eternal life, and
5. You control your destiny.

Yes, you are IN the world – but you need not be OF the world.

KEEP THE FAITH!

 

O THAT WILL BE GLORY

When all my labors and trials are o’er,
And I am safe on that beautiful shore,
Just to be near the dear Lord I adore
Will through the ages be glory for me.

O that will be glory for me,
(O that will be glory for me,)
Glory for me, (Glory for me,)
glory for me! (glory for me!)
When by His grace I shall look on His face.

That will be glory, be glory for me!
When by the gift of His infinite grace
I am accorded in heaven a place,
Just to be there and to look on His face
Will through the ages be glory for me. [Chorus]

Friends will be there I have loved long ago;
Joy like a river around me will flow;
Yet just a smile from my Savior, I know,
Will through the ages be glory for me.
GERALD K. FUGIT
January 29, 2017
DiggingOldWells.com

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