Bite And Devour

There are those that teach and say we should manifest love and kindness to everyone. We should be meek and turn the other cheek all the time.

Then there are those who teach and say we need to take a stand and fight for truth. We need to speak up and get our whole armour of God on and fight.

Both viewpoints are scriptural. So how do you decide what to do? The Lord has shown me the best answer to this is

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 KJV. “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
[2] A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
[3] A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
[4] A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
[5] A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
[6] A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
[7] A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
[8] A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

I have seen the churches with the “warriors” and the churches who focus on encouragement.  Both seem to attract those after their own kind. How they will handle being in heaven with each other will be interesting. Scripture gives us examples of both types.

Imagine the impact Stephen had on Paul the apostle after Paul was saved. After all, Paul was caught up into the “third heaven” 2 Corinthians 12:2 so when he was caught up, imagine him seeing Stephen who he watched get stoned to death on his watch. Stephen, I think, is a good example of the encourager. There are some churches that focus on encouragement and present the gospel as some might say, watered down.

Then you have the “warrior” churches. Again we have a good example in scripture,  Peter. Remember when Peter took out his sword and cut the soldier’s ear off? These “warrior” churches are quick to the battle, like Peter. These churches will fight for truth and righteousness.  But as Jesus told Peter,
Matthew 26:52 KJV. “Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.”
Jesus went on to say he could call thousands of angels to help but he didn’t.

The “warrior” churches, like Peter appear to stand when it is convenient. I am not knocking them. I am saying when push comes to shove to take a stand, even if it means jail and loosing everything you have, most “warrior” churches cave, just like Peter did 3 times. The proof is in our society today. If the “warrior” churches would have taken a stand even if it meant jail and loosing everything, our society would not be in the mess they are now.

You don’t have to give up sound doctrine to realize there are different types of people that are genuinely saved. You don’t have to give up sound doctrine to get along with those you do not agree with.

Most Christians pick their “comfort” battles. Those are battles where they can speak out against something without loosing anything. And sadly, many Christians choose to pick battles with one another and then we end up with what Paul said in Galatians 5:15 KJV  “But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.”

When the heathen see churches devour one another, why would they want Jesus? Christians are suppose to be sharing the gospel so people get saved. If Church A is not doing that,  what business is it of yours? That’s like when Peter stuck his nose into what was John going to do in John 21:21-22 KJV

“Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do ?
[22] Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.”

What business is it of yours what other churches do? Follow Jesus. Do your own work. Yes, I agree, if we see apostates we should take note but that doesn’t mean we start turning our focus from sharing the gospel to attacking others. You are not going to be held accountable for those in Church A. You are going to be held accountable for your own actions. Pray for them, don’t bite and devour them.

Churches can stand on sound doctrine but if they bite and devour others, they will not grow and have a ministry outreach that reaches a field for harvest. My family use to bite and devour everyone. When the family would get together my grandfather would play like he was friendly to everyone. When everyone would leave he and my grandmother would discuss and knock everyone for their decisions. They talked about them behind their back.

Sadly, they taught their children to do the same thing. What was the result? A family that was not close. Back biters,  discontent, anger and everyone in the family knew the faults of everyone else.  It split the family and no one wanted to see or be near the others. It took a while for my mother to stop doing that. She would tell her children the faults of the others.

I will be one to take a stand for sound doctrine and for the KJV but I will not bite and devour others over the KJV. I know I am accountable to God for my actions, not others. If they chose to not use the KJV that is their business, not mine. I pray Christians focus on soul winning and not devouring one another.

Until next time.

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