Is Correction Acceptable Today?
sever you from those that are worldly or
false doctrine, even if they are your family and friends. We are also
told to unite in the true knowledge of the Son of God until we become
full grown. The Lord does not want us to continue to be children, never
knowing what we believe, thus being followers of anything that sounds
good. To be true sons and daughters of God, correction, chastening and
scourging must be applied. (Heb.12:6-8).
It is so easy to be led by family and friends. But from
what Jesus said, the truth may sever us from family and friends. Most
of us grow up as a member of the same church our parents attended. I
the same thing until one day I discovered the baptism in the Holy
Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. I had heard of people
having this experience and speaking in tongues, but I, like so many
today, thought people who did that were fanatics and a little crazy. At
the very least they were "holier than thou" people that
wore their hair long or in a bun, wore no make up, no jewelry and were
very critical of anyone who did. Some of you know what I am talking
about. There are still some of them around and they are in error about
some things, and many of them will not accept correction.
Now, it seems some of the tongue talkers known as the
"Charismatic Movement" or "Charismatic Renewal" have gone too far in
error the other way. It would also seem they need correction. There is
no need to take offense, we all need correction many times in our life.
See what happens when the devil gets in with error? Things get out of
balance and perverted one way or the other, either "holier than thou"
or "worldly". When the pendulum swings, it can swing too far in either
direction. Friends and family can be a great influence on us, but if
one wants to follow God, it has to be His way or not at all, even at
the expense of friends and family.
I am reminded of a story I heard once of a young man who
received salvation and things were not going to his liking and He said
God spoke to him and said, "Someone is going to have to change, and it
isn't going to be Me". You see, that's the way it is, you change and do
things God's way or you do not walk with God. It takes correction to
get children of God to learn this simple fact.
One can easily be carried along by false prophets,
teachers or one's pastor when they are telling us what sounds good,
especially when they can show us a Scripture or two. Sometimes we are
comfortable supporting televangelists, after all, look what big
ministries they have and how much money they take in, surely God is
blessing them. Did you ever think it might not be the God of the Bible
blessing their ministry. Are you using big crowds, big money and big
ministries as your gauge for "godly" men and women preachers or
teachers? If that is the gauge we are going to use to measure blessings
from God, then I
would say God is blessing the Guru's of the world real good. They, too,
have lots of money, big ministries, and huge followings. I believe the
Guru that once lived in Oregon had 30 or 35 Rolls Royce cars. That is
more than one for every day of the month. Are we to believe the God of
the Bible was blessing him? I think not.
I even attended one service at a church that sanctions
magic performances in their pulpits. The pastor made it perfectly clear
before the magic show that people were not to write or address the
issue that the Bible says magic is an abomination to God. This
pastor wants no correction. During this show the pastor was
levitated about four feet in the air. The people in this church are
allowing this because they are yet carnal and the pastor keeps telling
them it is okay. OKAY? Honey, read your Bible and then get
out of churches that sanction such abominations.
- "Be ye not unequally yoked
together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with
unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what
concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth
with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?
for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell
in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be
my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate,
saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive
you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and
daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." (II Cor. 6:14-18).
Some are being deceived or blinded to truth
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"Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he
that hateth reproof is brutish."