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Dangers of the Controversialists

August 12, 2014

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Controversy is fraught with dangers. Engrossed by the one desire to condemn a contrary view, the judgment of the controversialist becomes warped, and he does injustice to himself while he unconsciously misrepresents the position of his opponent.

We are not saying that our critic has deliberately misrepresented our position, but that his eagerness to condemn has prevented him from viewing the subject in its true perspective.

Our critic concludes by saying that his denunciation is prompted by loyalty to Christ. The inquisition claimed the same. We mortals are all too prone to think that our views of truth are the truth, and when differing views are put forth, we imagine that the faith trembles in the balance, and that we must defend it at all hazards; whereas the truth of the matter is that the faith is trying us and our exertions to defend it only mar the testing. Uzzah imagined that the ark was in danger of falling, and lost his life in an attempt to steady it.

Vladimir GelesnoffVladimir Gelesnoff
“A Shocking Blasphemy”
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 5
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The True Ecclesia

August 11, 2014

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The true Ecclesia is scattered throughout the land, some nominally in every branch of the Christian church, some outside of all of them. They have no outward organization, no visible bond of union, but “the unity of the spirit” binds them together in inseparable fellowship. We may be sure that, whatever human institution may fail, “nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His” (II Timothy 2:19).

adamsArthur P. Adams (1847-1925)
The Spirit of the Word
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Misplaced Devotion

August 8, 2014

It is because of a devotion to and jealousy for some “thing”; a “Mission,” “Denomination,” “Tradition,” “Fellowship,” “Movement,” etc. that rivalries and bad feelings spring up.

T. Austin-Sparks (1888-1971)
A Witness and a Testimony, January, 1944

What Keeps Us from Being Qualified to Judge Others?

August 5, 2014

Therefore judge nothing before the time (I Corinthians 4:5).
Who are you who judges another man’s servant? (Romans 14:4).
Let us not therefore judge each other anymore (Romans 14:13).

Freeing others means we never assume a position we’re not qualified to fill. This, in one sentence, is enough to stop any person from judging another. We’re not qualified. We lack full knowledge. How often we have jumped to wrong conclusions, made judgmental statements, only to find out later how off base we were then wished we could have cut our tongues out.

What keeps us from being qualified to judge?

♦    We do not know all the facts.
♦    We are unable to read motives.
♦    We find it impossible to be totally objective.
♦    We lack “the big picture.”
♦    We live with blind spots.
♦    We are prejudiced and have blurred perspectives.
♦    Most of all, we ourselves are imperfect and inconsistent.

Charles R. Swindoll
The Grace Awakening, 1990, page 164

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