Separating close friends

Posted: December 2, 2012 in christian living, ecclesia, Jesus

A perverse man sows strife, and a whisperer separates close friends. -Proverbs 16:28 amplified

Many in our generation persuade us to take one half of the word of God, separate it, and use it to wage war on the other half.

  • Faith / Works
  • Gods absolute sovereignty / Mans will and responsibility
  • Preaching the Gospel / Caring for the needy
  • Trusting in Christ alone / Making our calling and election sure
  • Standing on the word of God / Being lead by the Holy Spirit
  • Being humble / Making righteous judgments
  • Hating nicolatian practice/Submitting to the influence of proven Godly elders
  • Believing right / Living right

These are just some examples of popular camps that are formed around one truth at the expense of another equally important truth.

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Comments
  1. This really makes me sad as well as angry. I remember a young man I had been working with who after some time away returned and attempted to convince me I “must” believe in the five tenets of Calvanism. He was so adamant about this it eventually ruined our friendship. Such is the fruit of the apparaent contrasts you cite above. How little do we really trust God alone in revealing His truth to others in a time and manner that He knows is best. We’re far too prone to want to do that for Him are we not?

    If I really believe God is sovereign over all things, why do I think I need to conform every other professing belliever to my personal and doctrinal standards? Yes, there are benchmarks and evidences of true faith no doubt and these must not be set aside or compromised. That said, there is a reason why individual professing believers continue to place far too much emphasis upon what has never been the issuse. They themselves have never truly embraced for themselves what must remain central and primary in their own lives- the cross of Jesus Christ. Where this cross is absent, something must fill its place. That something only has the appearance of life and/or righteousness yet in fact opposes it for it originates with men and not with God.

  2. fleebabylon says:

    “I remember a young man I had been working with who after some time away returned and attempted to convince me I “must” believe in the five tenets of Calvanism. ”

    Don’t feel to bad brother, I often can’t have a conversation with a Calvinist or Armenian without them accusing me of belonging to the other camp.

    “They themselves have never truly embraced for themselves what must remain central and primary in their own lives- the cross of Jesus Christ.”

    When our pet doctrines are what we have then we can do nothing but war against each other to defend our beloved camp. This is why I am no fan of systematic theology because it seems to demand that it be central instead of Christ.

    -Jim

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