There are a lot of people who want better doorknobs without figuring out how to get a door. A doorknob is useless without a door. If we have faulty thought patterns, we remain confused and will never find what we are looking for. In fact, we can unknowingly prevent ourselves from finding it and then complain that it doesn’t exist.
Brethren say that we cannot use denominational books and materials but then fail to understand where those materials come from. We refuse to support sound brethren to write full-time to produce scholarly works. Then we lament the lack of great books written by brethren.
I don’t understand this at all. Why can’t people make the connections here? I have been wondering this for many years and I still don’t have an answer.
Why can’t we allow qualified brethren to write full-time to produce quality writing? How can we convert the world if we do not have the books, tracts and materials to teach? If we refuse to do it, our only options are to use the writing of false teachers, which we cannot do.
This is called a vicious circle that goes nowhere.
We expect persecution from the world since they do not understand what we are about as Christians (John 15:18-19; 2 Timothy 3:12).
They mock us about our beliefs and will do what they can to destroy our faith in God. Having spent a decade in retail it is painfully obvious how Satan works. If you have a Christian and ten non-Christians at a job, guess who will most often be asked to work on Sunday? Yes, you guessed it.
With persecution, we need to be very aware of the presence of Satan (1 Peter 5:8). If we realize that he is behind the persecutions, I think think we can psychologically handle it better. We will realize that our persecutors do not know they are being used as puppets to advance Satan’s agenda.
However, the saddest form of persecution comes from our own brethren. I’ve heard people in brotherhood schools mock the truth with gusto. I’ve read brethren on discussion groups ridicule and torment those who follow God’s Word.They become furious at the very suggestion that we restrict ourselves to God’s simple Word.
They viciously attack sound brethren, ripping them to shreds before the entire world. They even mock the very words of God by elevating the culture and the ways of man above the inspired Writ (2 Timothy 3:16-17). They find God far less frightening than their friends who stand outside of Christ.
There is really nothing more nauseating than so-called “brethren” declaring war on God’s people. Their persecution is more chilling and painful than anything people in world can do. Let us pray for them and avoid their viciousness, so we will not lose our focus on joy and evangelism.
I took piano lessons for 15 years and enjoyed playing the classics, but I don’t play anymore.
My father wanted me to become a piano teacher, but I had neither the right amount of talent nor the desire to become one. I still enjoy listening to all genres of music. If I had it to do over again, I would probably learn to play the guitar instead of the piano because of the beautiful sound it produces.
Looks like there are some pretty angry women out there questioning the soundness of the Catholic doctrine regarding celibacy. Hopefully, they’ll start questioning some other false teachings that originate from their Catholic Papa: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope