Thursday, July 06, 2006

Who are you really?

If the saints are equipped
to defend the truth we have nothing to fear from openness and polite
argument where disagreements are handled with respect and
understanding.

I have heard it said that the four things that
distinguish IFBs from neo-evangelicals are the KJV, music, dress,
and worship style. If these are as big as claimed, why shouldn't our
people be able to interact with the opposition and vigorously defend
them? Instead the solution offered is to close your mind to all
discussion and, like the was _specifically_ said, if someone wants
to argue, just shrug your shoulders and say I don't know. CAN YOU
HONESTLY TELL ME THAT THIS IS WHAT PAUL HAD IN MIND WHEN HE SAID:
2 Tim 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle
unto all [men], apt to teach, patient,
25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God
peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the
truth;

What we have done is decided we are so right there can be no
chance we are wrong so we won't even give the time of day to those who
disagree. Think about that for a minute. Where is the meekness and
humility? Nowhere to be found. That's why you always hear other
denominations and their men shamelessly knocked from the pulpit. That
is NOT Christlike.

And, not all IFBs agree on the four issues mentioned. As a
matter of fact, the four issues mentioned are ACTUALLY MAJOR
ISSUES OF DISAGREEMENT among IFBs. To understand that statement
you have to understand that, rather than being general IFB
distinctives, these four things are distinctives of our circle of
churches gathered around FBCH(Hammond) and the SotL(Sword). We have in
effect labeled all other IFBs as counterfeits, or at a minimum soft
and weak, so we can claim that we are "IT".

A majority of these other IFBs use the KJV, and have conservative
music, dress, and worship standards. But they don't blow it out of
proportion and take it extremes. For this they are called weak. I
rather call it, humility and meekness. And wisdom.

One thing you MUST learn no matter the outcome. Do not allow
anyone to override the Holy Spirit of God in your life. You alone will
stand in judgement before God one day. To that end you have every
right to decide for yourself. More than that, you have a divine
_responsibility_ to think for yourself. You cannot and must not allow
yourself to get trapped by labels, even if that label is Baptist. The
truth is more important. Buy the truth and sell it not.

I think on my own; that makes me dangerous, a heretic, a
troublemaker. Most of the time I try to apply the principles of
Respect, Understanding, & Compromise, but it doesn't
always work. I try not to start stuff but sometimes it happens.

It all makes sense when you realize that as humans, we are
fallible. As fallible humans we can't hope to perfectly understand the
infallible. So then how is it we can be so dogmatic and harsh and
judging among other Christians? This is the basis for tolerance.

A Greek philosopher, Aristotle, said, "It is the mark of an
educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
Well whoops I must be a heathen I just quoted a pagan Greek
philosopher. Come on, now. I think you can see the truth of what he is
driving at. For example, to be tempted is to entertained by thoughts
of sin, otherwise, where is the temptation? But temptation is not sin,
giving into it is sin. So likewise, to consider an opposing viewpoint
is not to accept it.

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