Friday, November 28, 2008

Who Are We To Be?

As saints in Christ we have a standard and expectation in our behavior and manner. With the sectarian battles around us it is far too easy to lose sight of this truth. I truly find the Calvinist distinctives to be disturbing and grossly misrepresentative of our LORD yet even in this, I am admonished by the Apostles to walk in a certain way, communicate with the brethren in a particular manner and not besmirch our LORD's name in any discussion. This is not in word only but in deed as well. It is time to put a better foot forward thinking of the blessed hope rather than the battle. As Christians, the battle is already won and the curses of a zealots mind have no bearing nor impact on one's victory in Christ.

"This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with [his] hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." (Eph 4:17-32 AV)