The text we will be reading today is Matthew 6:12, TPT: Forgive us the wrongs we have done as we ourselves release forgiveness to those who have wronged us. Let’s pray:
Father in Heaven, we come to You and do ask that You would consecrate our meeting together. Lord, open our hearss and anoint this blog. I ask that You would not let one of Your Words come back to You void as it says in Isaiah 55. Prick hearts, Lord, and help us to be more forgiving and loving toward others. In Jesus’ name, amen!
Again, we will be going through this from the atlas app. I encourage you to get this app (if you can) and do this yourself.
Let’s now look at Hebrews 1:3: The Son is the dazling radiance of God’s splendor, the exact expression of God’s true nature–his mirror image! He holds the universe together and expands it by the mighty power of his spoken word. He accomplished for us the complete cleansing of sins, and then took his seat on the highest throne at the right hand of the majestic One (TPT). Let’s now look at 1 John 1:9, TPT: But if we freely admit our sins when his light uncovers them, he will be faithful to forgive us every time. God is just to forgive us our sins because of Christ, and he will continue to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
I am reminded of a verse I read Yesterday on YouVersion’s Christian And Catholic Devotional, which if you want to truly have unity with our brothers and sisters in Christ you MUST prayerfully consider, which is 2 Corinthians 5:21, TPT: For God made the only one who did not know sin to become sin for us, so that we who did not know righteousness might become the righteousness of God through our union with him.
God wants to forgive you. As you will hear in reading the devotional stated above, the Catholic Church’s teaching says the same thing: You don’t do what they ask to get saved but because you are saved by grace through faith alone. Another interesting thing the author of the above devotional said was that some Catholics believe that James, in James 2:24, was saying that we are only saved by works. However, herein lies a paradox. If you put the Apostle Paul and James’ teachings together it will read like this: You are saved by grace through faith alone, but the faith you say you have produces good works.
My intent throughout my teachings will be unity. I may not always do this, but there may be times that I mention the Catholic teaching just for this reason: because their faith is so controversial and yet there is so much we can learn from them. One book I absolutely do not endorse shows essentially that their faith has always been as demeaned and condemned as today and understandably so: Luther saw that there were things that needed reformation, but as the above devotional also stated, there was some form of reformation that took place.
Anyway, I am not here to convince you because that is the Spirit’s job. There is so much more that I am tempted to put here in this blog, but I will not continue down this rabit trail.
Well, I only thought I was going to leave the rabit trail, but because of what was mentioned in the app next, we must continue. As you see in A Treatise On Relics by John Calvin, there has like I said before always been some mean sentiment against the Catholic Church. The better thing to do in any sect or whatever you want to call it of Christianity is instead of saying, “Steer clear of this sect,” we should be teaching against certain doctrines of a certain Church. Even then, we must do so with the grace and discretion of the Spirit; for we don’t know everything about the said Church or its doctrine. Like some friends of mine from Church and Facebook and my family said when I was on a heresy hunt against Joyce Meyer, “Check the facts!” Let’s now look at this in light of the Scripture before us:
The app said to read Matthew 7:4-5, but I will read starting at verse 1.
“Refuse to be a critic full of bias toward others, and judgment will not be passed on you. For you’ll be judged with the same standard that you’ve used to judge others. The measurement you use on them will be used on you. Why would you focus on a flaw in someone else’s life and yet fail to notice the glaring flaws of your own? How could you say to your friend, ×Let me show you where you’re wrong,∘ when you’re guilty of even more. You’re being hypocritical and a hypocrite! First acknowledge your own ×bl spots∘ and deal with them, and then you’ll be capable of dealing with the ×blind spot∘ of your friend (Matthew 7:1-5, TPT).
I want you to do this:
First, I want you to look at your own movement if you have not already done this since the last blog. Study its books and doctrines. Pray. Discover through the Spirit’s help just how biblical your movement is, and what are its flaws. This is now for everyone, regardless of your church affiliation.
Take notes in your journal of what the Lord shows you about your own movement. Then, if you are a Pastor, preach against these flaws in your movement. You have an obligation to do so. Then, study the teachings of the other movement you are opposing. Get to understand through the Holy Spirit what they believe. You will still have some personal convictions of things that you disagree with them about, but I want us to consider this Scripture before we go on to the next prompt:
Offer an open hand of fellowship to welcome EVERY true believer, even though their faith may be weak and immature. And refuse to engage in debates with them concerning nothing more than oppinions. For example, one believer has no problem with eating all kinds of food, but another with weaker faith will eat only vegtables. The one who eats freely shouldn’t judge and look down on the one who eats only vegtables. And the vegetarian must not judge and look down on the one who eats everything. Remember, GOD HAS WELCOMED HIM AND TAKEN HIM AS HIS PARTNER. Who do you think you are jo sit in judgment of someone else’s household servant? His own master is the one to evaluate whether he succeeds or fails. And God’s servants will succeed, for God’s power supports them and enables them to stand. In the same way, one person regards a certain day as more sacred than another, and another person regards them all alike. There is nothing wrong with having different personal convictions about such matters. For the person who observes one day as especially sacred does it to honor the Lord. The same is true regarding what a person eats. The one who eats everything eats to honor the Lord, because he gives thanks to God, and the one who has a special diet does it to honor the Lord, and he also gives thanks to God. No one lives to himself and no one dies to himself. While we live, we must live for our Master, and in death we must bring honor to him. So dead or alive we belong to our Master. For this very reason the Anointed One died and was brought back to life again, so that he would become the Lord God over both the dead and the living. Why would you judge your brothers or sisters because of their diet, despising them for what they eat or don’t eat? For we each will have our own turn to stand before God’s judgment seat. Just as it is jritten: “As surely as I am the Living God, I tell you: ×E knee will bow before me and every tongue will confess the truth and glorify me!∘ Therefore, each one must answer for himself and give a personal account of his own life before God. So stup being critical and condemning of other believers, but instead determine to never deliberately cause a brother or sister to stumble and fall because of your actions (Romans 14:1-14, TPT emphasis added).
I tell you from experience: Don’t even pray for your friend or someone you met from that other movement until you’ve at least
- Studied your own movement’s doctrines and understood by the help of the Holy Spirit the flaws and false teachings within your movement (Matthew 7:1-5)
- Studied the doctrines and teachings of the other movement, puting asside your movement’s sentiments about the opposing movement and tried to understand them
- And lastly, asked the Father for His heart concerning that movement. Also, these apply if you are a Prophet. You cannot prophesy the Father’s heart with a critical spirit.
I want you to prayerfully read 1 John 5, especially the part where John talks about praying for certain people that habitually sins and gives directions as to which ones to pray for. This, to me, seems similar to confession like the Catholics teach (in some way; also read James 5 concerning confessing your sins to another).
Also, read Ephesians 2:8-9 and James 2:24. This is the paradox I was talking about earlier. Now, meditate on the gift of forgiveness Jesus gave to you through the Cross. Ask God if there is anyone you personally need to forgive and any sins you need to ask God to forgive.
I want you to read Luke 18:9-14 and Proverbs 3:5-7, listen to The Beattitudes, read parts 1 and 2 (there are some bones but spit them out and chew the meat) of The Seven Abominations blogs that I released.
I then want you to consider your own walk with the Lord. Do you have self-righteousness? Do you look down on another person–especially a Believer–with prejudice? Do you think your movement is better than the others or that Christ is only working in yours because yours is “the most biblical?” Even if you feel that your conscience is clean, ask these questions with the Lord. He know you better than you know you. If He highlights ANYTHING, repent! I will leave you and the Lord now to discuss this with each other. I expect unity to come as a result of this. This sermon will either testify against or for you in the day of judgment. It will determine if you gain rewards for following the commands of Holy Writ you say you follow or condemn you to suffer loss because you had disobeyed and despised the commands of the One you say you follow, the Lord our God. I understand this is hard teaching today, but I will do nothing but preach the Word of God. Please prayerfully consider that which is outlined in this teaching. The last thing I want you to do is be quick to forgive others. If you recognize a sin the moment you commit it, repent! Bask in God’s forgiveness and presence every day. God bless!