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John is a "Tentmaking Evangelist" (Architect). Licensed and set aside for ministry by the Anchor Bay Evangelistic Association (non-denominational). Co-Founder of Kingdom Gospel Ministries, a ministry now in its 36th year with a mission to reconcile people of different racial, ethnic, educational, and economic situations, and the producer of three weekly radio programs - a Sunday morning verse-by-verse Bible Study on Radio Delaware Valley, a weekly message from current events in California, and a weekly radio drama on the Wilkins Radio network. He also has archived many, many radio programs and written articles on the Internet. John is a PA/NJ Architect with his own practice in its 43rd year working on a wide variety of projects including churches, convenience stores, residences, and academies as well as industrial enterprises. He has helped in numerous property acquisitions and worked with real estate investors. Acutely interested in politics since a teenager with many articles published over the last 55 years, he served as a guest on a Talk Radio show discussing race relations and on "It's Your Call" TV show with Lynn Doyle dealing with the subject of interethnic marriage.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

CONFRONTATION IN THE CHURCH

Bought a book today by June Hunt called CONFRONTATION. Looks good so far. You know, we have an OBLIGATION to confront evil. I have been studying Matthew, and there is portion I never heard preached correctly - almost all preachers say - "If your brother or sister sins AGAINST YOU." That is NOT what it says. If we discern the Lord's body, we need to care for every part WHETHER OR NOT the sin is against us personally. If it is against the Lord or against his church, we are COMMANDED to deal with it and so strengthen the church. People are doing what is right in their own eyes and the only Bible verse people seem to know is "Judge Not"  while ignoring all the verses where we are SUPPOSED to judge!  We are told to live and let live and the preachers who preach the most pablum seem to have the biggest churches.  Hard core biblical preaching is a largely lost art.  So is confrontation within the church, whether by the pastor or my older saints who are supposed to teach (and correct) the younger ones.  We need church fathers and church mothers who will help those less experienced in the faith regardless of age come to maturity in the Lord. The same goes for confronting leaders - we are not to show partiality. If the pastor or another leader is clearly against the Bible, it is our OBLIGATION to privately go to him and confront him with the truth.  He may have made an honest mistake, but more likely has wandered from the pure gospel and needs correction.  He may not take it from you, but it may set in motion a process whereby he can be restored to a right relationship with God.  If none of that works, your conscience will be clear as you depart that place and join an assembly with leadership faithful to the scriptures.

Here is the passage from Matthew 18 dealing with sin in the church  - comments please! 
15 “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

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