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LITMUS TEST INDICATORS TO ADDRESS CHRISTIAN
are some indicators we can apply
to test Christian beliefs and
we feel driven rather than led
If we feel fearful rather
than peaceful, we can be
pretty sure it is not from God,
for God has not given us the
spirit of fear.
Since we are promoting a doctrine which is based upon Jesus the Messiah, Church Doctrine needs to come into alignment with foundational Biblical standards, and not evolve into a system of human understandings or philosophy, it would be appropriate and good to go back to the ministry which Jeshua (Jesus) himself practiced and defined. What kind of ministry was it? How was it enacted or exercised? If we need a point of reference, we need to compare the person to person ministry and relationships to people that Jesus modeled, for these are the model not only of spiritual fellowship, but also loving service.
The universalist or Eastern view that God is in every person and only needs to be actualized, is not Biblical. Man is not a divine race but a fallen race. All Human lives require a work of redemption through faith in the Redeemer and not a work done by self will.
False Prophets in the Last Days
Beware of false prophets, which come to you
in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are
ravenous wolves. 16 Ye shall know them
by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns,
or figs of thistles?
Evangelicals, though faithful to the essential doctrine of salvation by "grace" through faith are typically guarded toward anything that expresses a "spiritual" manifestation, for fear that it is demonic or out of order. They "resist the Holy Spirit" as Stephen declared to the Religious leaders who stoned him calling him an apostate. Their discernment was totally inaccurate!
Charismatics, on the other hand, may allow Spiritual manifestation but have difficulty discerning that which is "soulish" and that which is Spirit. High emotion or energy has come to become itself an indicator of Spirituality. However, Spirit is not of the mind or emotion though it may be viewed as very emotive. (The onlooking unbeliever points to what may be spiritual and allows that it merely emotion or feelings.)
1. Meekness of Character:
and the True Apostles must always be the role
model and the rule of character. Paul's letter
to Ephesus, in Chapter 4 indicates that we
one day grow and mature into a perfect man
in the exact facsimile of Jesus Christ. This
is a key Scripture!. Jesus declares in
2. Denying self and taking up the cross:
Any person who becomes a big name, a superstar, or a kind of spiritual idol is quickly on the road of becoming a false prophet or false teacher. Jesus corrected the early disciples who he sent to minister in "his name" they came back full of self exaltation, Luke 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. Jesus took the focus off themselves. They had learned their lesson by the time Peter and John met the crippled man at the Gate: Acts 3:12 And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk? The flesh, self exaltation or self promotion is slow to die. Therefore we must at sometime grow to understand the mystery of being crucified with Christ through baptism.
3: Selling out to the world and FAME --The error of Balaam
a false prophet who "sold out" to the pagan
world system. He was willing sell his gift
for gain and bring a curse to the people of
God. NT writings remind of this danger. Peter,
(2Peter 2:15)Jude and the Revelation
4. False prophets bring in Doctrines of Demons
of the varieties and flavors of worldly behaviors
or motivations which are not governed by the
meekness and gentleness of Christ and Jesus'
selfless love of . There is a list of behaviors
called the works of the flesh probably* are
demonically inspired. Galatians 5: 19
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which
are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness,
ISSUES FOR DISCUSSION
will and thoughts for us
in the spirit
in the spirit
OF THE CHILDREN OF GOD
pertaining to liberty tests our individual
insights. What is this liberty? How is this
liberty to be expressed in the new testament
church? What is its implication in terms
of headship or leadership? 4. When is
it evident that Christian liberty is impeded
or has been violated?
desire for his people is freedom from bondage
or liberty is announced by His prophets.
announces God's desire for his people is freedom
from bondage or LIBERTY.
criticizes the scribes and Pharisees for their
placing burdens upon the shoulders of the people.
The Apostle Paul addresses the matter of LIBERTY, frequently.
the creature itself also shall be delivered
from the bondage of corruption into the glorious
liberty of the children of God."
-- Rom 8:21 (Is it only freedom from following
religious laws or does it pertain to the expression
in worship and fellowship also?)
Brethren began to place the children of God
into bondage again.
addresses liberty in his epistle, evidently
having learned some lessons from Paul.
bearing is ministering to people so that the
yoke is made easier.
Self exaltation is a spiritual deception which causes certain people to suppress others.
if a man think himself to be something, when
he is nothing, he deceiveth himself."
-- Gal 6:3 "But let every man prove his own
work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself
alone, and not in another."
-- Gal 6:4
does edification come from in the new testament
body provides a variety of gifts in the person
of other believers for the mutual gain and
edification of all.
The body of believers come together for mutual edification.
is it then, brethren? when ye come together,
every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine,
hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation.
Let all things be done unto edifying."
-- 1 Corinthians 14:26
leadership is focused toward edification and
liberty in correct doctrine.
purpose of the gifts of ministry described
in Ephesians 4:11