(08/19/2014) Condemned by the Church?

Posted: August 18, 2014 in Authority, Duty of Believers, Judging Others, Judgment, Sanctification, Sex, Spiritual Growth
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The church as a divine tool to prepare believers for judgment is the topic, today.  Also, there is more on children embracing the church.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “XOXO love” (Level 2 with 590 points, a member since six years ago) posted the following:

 

Have any of you out there who are Christians felt judged by the body of Christ? 

This question is also open to those who aren’t Christians. no judgement. Lately, I’ve experienced low faith in my brothers and sisters from a previous church due to pride in the Pentecostal denomination. I may be saved by grace though I have my doubts like everyone else in life. I do not doubt that Jesus died on the cross for me,that he truly is the Son of God , that He rose from the grave and that He lives today. My conflict is towards adult topics such as physical intimacy with a significant other before marriage. I do agree with God’s hope for us to wait until marriage to consummate the marriage…though I feel the body of Christ can be judgemental towards those who did not wait. :/

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  When Children Embrace Church? (08/18/2014)—(5.)  In most instances, a child may only participate in aspects of their own development (for example, artistic, emotional, intellectual, psychological, sexual, social, and spiritual growth) when it is convenient for their parents.  The balance and godly skill it takes to raise a child who truly praises GOD must be supplied from GOD.  The life process is one where both parent and child are to change, grow, and learn apart from one another as well as in by exchange and interaction when together.  Just as children must be taught to put away and take care of their clothing, shoes, and toys, they must be taught to value their birthright and inheritance from GOD.  Like adults, children may become warped through excuse-making, inability to maintain focus (because they have a short attention span), lying, self-importance, and self-justification.  Caretakers and parents may feel as if under a child’s condemnation, criticism, and judgment, and may develop attitudes of anger, avoidance, distrust, doubt, and resentment.  Parents must be mature and secure to love a child, and be certain that their own relationship and walk with GOD is as it should be.  In their efforts to maintain control over another person (their own child) who rightly belongs to GOD, many are consumed by disbelief, failed expectations, lack of sacred knowledge, pride, and sin.   Mary and Joseph, the earthly parents of Jesus, often felt uncertain and weak; and submitted themselves and their child to GOD.  Rather than deliver and shelter us from challenges and problems, the roles of our caretakers and parents can be to prepare, release us, and send us forth.  In that sense, their work is to be with us physically for a short while, and internalized within us as attitudes, beliefs, and values for the rest of our lives.  See again Judges 3:  1-3, Judges 13:  1-16, Proverbs 22:  6 and Luke 2:  1-52, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.  And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.  For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.  Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.  And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.  And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.  And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.  (1st John 3:  18-24, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  On Christians Executing Judgment (06/06/2014); Stoning in the OT? (06/07/2014); Suffering Circumcision? (06/08/2014); Scriptures and Judging Others (03/12/2014); Faith Given By GOD (03/13/2014); Without Pointing A Finger? (10/14/2013); Balaam (10/15/2014)

 

“XOXO love”, here are a few points to consider that are vital to full Christian experience:

(1.)  Most believers do not embrace the church with a complete and finished knowledge of who Christ is, and what are the demands they must answer in sacred relationship.  As they start, few truly comprehend the divine goals and eternal purposes of the “new life;” and their continuing experience may seem to be one of repeated disappointments, humiliations, losses, and surprises.  Born again, believers must grow and mature by meeting life challenges in the earth (we say, growing pains, sufferings).  More than simple church attendance, a believer’s  day-to-day becomes one of growth, learning, rising and falling, trial and error.

(2.)  GOD is a spirit who has put forth material beings and objects that are to operate and function in accordance with divine standards.  The revelation of GOD wherein divinity is made known and visible to created beings and living creatures includes multiple sacred operations such as birth, death, forgiveness, judgment, rebirth, resurrection, and sanctification.  As the creator, owner and ruler over all, GOD has unquestionable authority, influence and power over all that is, and assigns value (judges) to all that exists on the basis of inner content, divine substance, and sacred will, not so much actions, attitudes, behavior and conduct.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Before we attain certain levels of spiritual maturity, it is extremely painful to accept constructive criticism, and godly rebuke.  The church must prepare believers to meet face-to-face with a god of Judgment.  As with idolatry, human sexuality generates profound conflicts against correct relationship with GOD.  Because the church absolutely must demonstrate the divine mind and speak on behalf of GOD, there has to be critical instruction and warnings against fornication (i.e., joining spirits through sexual activity), ignorance, pride, and self-will.  Ones possibilities as a finite human may develop and display an animal or human nature in place of the divine aspect.  Apart from GOD, sin does not appear contrary to ones nature.  Through gradual workings of sacred knowledge, divine law, and operations carried out by the imparted Spirit, believers are changed and transformed (we say, grafted in) to truly be members of Christ.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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