To God, it matters, a lot, what and who you approve of. Perhaps, these days, indifference prevails among most people. Since we hear and see much that goes on around the world via the Internet, most people just shrug. “If they want to do or teach that, it’s their business.”

But what happens when it’s on our own turf? What to do when they come into our congregation? Or, to bring it into the age of the Internet, when someone joins and posts their teachings to your Facebook group?

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The same happens in the church as well as in American politics.

Such disregard for truth and facts is no accident, but the fruit of postmodernism. So-called “after modern” thought was a trendy late-20th-century way to reduce facts to stories.

“Progressives believed that because traditional protocols, language and standards were usually created by stuffy old establishment types, the rules no longer necessarily should apply. Instead, particular narratives and euphemisms that promoted perceived social justice became truthful. Bothersome facts were discarded.

Sometimes Christians are forced to chose between being accepted by others and being a good servant of Christ Jesus. We will cease to be a friend to many who love error, if we insist on truth, or we will cease to be Christ’s good servants, if we cave in to demands.

By pointing out such things to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, having nourished yourself on the words of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.
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Discipline

One bad apple spoils the others. That’s why we soon separate it from the others to avoid more spoilage. The same principle applies in the church.

After a first and second warning, have nothing more to do with a person who causes conflict, because you know that someone like this is twisted and sinful—so they condemn themselves.
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DoctrineEducational systems and school directors create, from time to time, various methods to evaluate the teacher, be it grade school or university. The methods vary, depending on the pedagogical philosophy.

By pointing out such things to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, having nourished yourself on the words of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.
1 Timothy 4:6 NET

To be a good servant of Christ means speaking what people need to hear, not what they want to hear. It means teaching sound doctrine, not giving in to popular false teachings.

When used to refer to a teacher, the adjective “good” transmits the idea that he does his work well in God’s sight. The teacher is good when he faithfully delivers the divine teaching, not when he impresses or pleases his hearers.

This evaluation method will never change.

 

You can’t make a delicious cake if the ingredients are bad. And the building materials have to be top quality to build a lasting edifice. In the same way, in the spiritual realm, in order to produce in the human life the things that please God, one has to start with true teaching:

But the aim of our instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith.
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ReasonThe arguments say that it’s just theory on the part of those who insist on the biblical pattern. The church needs to be renewed, according to these explanations, and not restored to the model of the New Testament. Church renewal means abandoning the teaching received from God’s messengers and adopting new lines of thought. It seems to make sense.

I say this so that no one will deceive you through arguments that sound reasonable.
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GraceWhen we give someone a present, we hope they’ll like it. But we don’t accompany the recipient to see if the present is being used properly. It would be impertinent on our part to require an accounting of the use of the present.

For certain men have secretly slipped in among you — men who long ago were marked out for the condemnation I am about to describe — ungodly men who have turned the grace of our God into a license for evil and who deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
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sound doctrine

Do you let just anybody in your house? Do you allow the thief and rabble-rouser to disturb your peace? Don’t we install locks and alarms to keep out the people who would harm us? And what about the church?

Watch out, so that you do not lose the things we have worked for, but receive a full reward.
2 John 8 NET

The main verb here is literally “to see.” Look! This subject requires full attention, in order that it may be dealt with properly. Continue reading

I published this text today on the Portuguese website. Things do not look well for the church in Brazil, on the eve of the anniversary of the first mission team’s arrival in 1961.

There are brethren, supposedly mature, and so many others with two feet in the world, using a Facebook application to answer the most absurb and immoral questions about their friends.

There are speakers using foul language in their classes and sermons.

There are camp directors promoting casinos and soap operas in their sessions.

There are supervisors of congregations approving adultery in their midst. Continue reading