Stand Up For Our God

Jesus tells us the cowardly will not inherit Heaven Rev 21:7

 

1. God’s Children Love Him above all thing; our neighbors as ourselves

 

2. If we love Jesus, we will obey His words and commands.

 

3. We will be judged by the words of Jesus, by the Word of God

 

4. Believers do not mind being warned, our acts judged in love by other believers

 

5. Believers should ignore being judged by unbelievers

 

6. Some warnings from Jesus we should pass on to all

 

6a Murder includes abortion, suicide, hate

 

6b Sexually immoral includes fornicators, adulterers, effeminate, homosexuals

 

6c All liars

 

6d Cowardly

 

7. We must reach out to unbelievers

 

8. Hold responsible; think they are believers, but are not

 

9. Hold together the Children of God

 

10. Always praying for others, for strength for ourselves

             

 

1. God’s Children Love Him above all thing; our neighbors as ourselves

 

Our God is love, loves all of us with a love which is beyond our human comprehension. Our Heavenly Father wants all of us to become His children, to love Him above all things, and our neighbors as ourselves.

*And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” Lk 10:27-28 ESV+

*Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. Heb 2:11 NIV+

 

We must come into the total reality that believers cannot love any person more than we love our God; including our spouse, children, any other family members, close friends, or any other person. And last but not least, we cannot love ourselves, our own lives more than we love Jesus.

*"Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; Matt 10:37 NIV+

*and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of meWhoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Matt 10:38-39 NIV+

 

2. If we love Jesus, we will obey His words and commands.

 

And when we love Him above all things we will want to obey Him, do our Father’s will, which He has given in His Word. So we can remain children of God, spiritual brothers and sisters of Jesus.

*Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. Jn 14:23 NKJV+

*If you love me, you will keep my commandments. Jn 14:15 ESV+

*This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 1Jn 5:3-4 NIV+

 

We will hate sin, hate evil, yet love all people; while standing up for our God, never denying Him.

*Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Ro 12:9 NIV+

*"But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate youbless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Lk 6:27-28 NASB+

*"Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. Matt 10:32-33 NKJV+

 

3. We will be judged by the words of Jesus, by the Word of God

 

We will all be judged by the words Jesus gave us, by the words Paul gave us, by all the verses in the Word of God, when they are used in context with each other. Believers who love our Savior above all things, will strive to obey His commands, His words; will overcome the world by our faith.

*He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him--the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. Jn 12:48 NKJV+

*in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel. Ro 2:16 NKJV+

 

In love we should tell others how we can come to our God. And warn them about the trials and troubles we will all face, those which our Savior will judge us on, if we loving doing them, more than we love obeying our Savior.  

*And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. Lk 8:13 ESV+

*And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. Lk 8:14 ESV+

 

4. Believers do not mind being warned, our acts judged in love by other believers

 

A spiritual believer, one who has been renewed by the Spirit, lets Him guide us through the Word; should warn believers, and judge their acts in love. Like Paul warned us; those who commit the obvious sinful acts of our flesh will not inherit the Kingdom of God.   

*The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. 1Co 2:15-16 ESV+

*The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debaucheryidolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. Gal 5:19-21 NIV+

*All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 2Ti 3:16-17 ESV+

 

When Jesus warns us to “Judge not, that you be not judged  in Matt 7:1 ESV+; He is warning us not to be hypocrites when we judge the acts of others. For as we follow the context in verse 5 below; we are still to take the speck out of our brother’s eye, we are still to warn them, judge their acts out of love; help them through their temptations, so they remain children of God. But Jesus tells us we can only do this when the Spirit is guiding us in love through the Word. So we have taken the log, our sins including our pride, out of our eye, our heart. For we are all sinners, we are no better than anyone else, we have done nothing to earn our forgiveness, it is a free gift which our Savior gives us through His grace.

*Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. Matt 7:3-5 ESV+

*Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. Ro 2:1 NASB+

 

We should judge others’ acts with a righteous judgment, for how we judge others, is how our Lord will judge us.

*"Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment." Jn 7:24 NASB+

*"For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Matt 7:2-3 NASB+

 

Although we should judge the acts of others, we should not judge the intent in the hearts of any, for only our God knows what is in our hearts, whether we will receive blessings in Heaven or whether one is going to Hades. 

*And He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God. Lk 16:15 NASB+

*'And I will kill her children with pestilence , and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts; and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds. Rev 2:23 NASB+

 

Believers should also honestly judge our own sins, so we are not disciplined by our Lord. And by faith Jesus will forgive our sins, make us holy by His blood shed on the cross.

*But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world. 1Co 11:32-33 ESV+

*And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproachCol 1:21-22 NASB+

 

And our Father will remember our sins no more. We will not have any sins to be judged on regarding our salvation. We have already received eternal life in Heaven while we still live here on earth.  We will be only judged on our works, and accordingly receive rewards in Heaven. 1Co 3:12-15

*Then he adds: "Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more." Heb 10:17 NIV+

*"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life. Jn 5:24 NASB+

 

5. Believers should ignore being judged by unbelievers

 

It is easy to understand why unbelievers do not like being warned, and ultimately judged by the words of Jesus. For those whose minds are set on the flesh, their own worldly thinking, are hostile to God, they will not submit to God’s law, they cannot please God. They reject Jesus; do not receive His words, which will judge them in the last days and sentence them to Hell.

*For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannotThose who are in the flesh cannot please God. Ro 8:7-8 ESV+

*He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him--the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. Jn 12:48 NKJV+

 

Unbelievers will be convicted by the very words of Jesus, will be judged on each and every sin they have ever committed; each careless word they have ever spoken.

*He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father's who sent Me. Jn 14:24 NKJV+

*But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. Matt 12:35 NIV+

 

We should not let unbelievers judge us. They have not received the indwelling of the Spirit to guide them, they are spiritually discerned, they do not know what the Word says, much less judge us. Unbelievers can only use their own sinful human intellect to judge us; often using the Word out of context. They are merely trying to justify their sinful acts, which are evil before our God.

*The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. 1Co 2:15-16 ESV+

*But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1Co 2:14 NKJV+

 

6. Some warnings from Jesus we should pass on to all

 

Jesus also clearly lists some specific acts which are sins, which will keep our names from being written in the Book of Life; be thrown into the lake of fire.

*But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."  Rev 21:7-8 NKJV+

*and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life. Rev 21:27 NASB+

 

1. Cowardly; 2. Unbelievers; 3. Any act our Father considers abominable; 4. Murderers; 5. Sexually immoral; 6. Sorcerers (witchcraft, drugs); 7. Idolaters (loving anything more than our God, money, work, sports, pleasures of this world etc); 8. All liars

 

Paul elaborates on these sins, making some more definitive.

*Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 1Co 6:9-10 NASB+

 

Adds: 9. Thieves; 10. Covetous; 11. Drunkards 12. Revilers (speak abusive) 13. Swindlers

14. Defines the sexually immoral from Jesus words number (5. above) as: a. fornicators; b. adulterers, c. effeminate D. homosexuals.  

 

6a Murder (4 above) includes abortion, suicide

 

Our bodies are not our own, women’s bodies are not their own; men’s bodies, women’s bodies and unborn babies minuscule bodies all belong to Jesus. For he has purchased us with His blood on the cross, a price so great we will never be able to pay him back. Our bodies then became a sacred Temple in which the Holy Spirit lives in our hearts; and our Father will destroy any who destroys our body.

*Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 1Co 6:19-20 ESV+

*Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple. 1Co 3:16-17 NIV+

 

It is a sin to have an abortion, kill an unborn baby in the womb. Women’s bodies belong to God, as do any unborn babies in the womb which have been created in the image of God. Our Father would have us kill no one who has been created in His image. And a baby is created in the image of our God, given life, when they first attach to their mother’s womb; and the Spirit creates a spiritual being, within their miniscule physical body. See Abortion

*"Whoever sheds man's blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man. Gen 9:6 NKJV+

 

It is a sin for you to take your own life; for the government or others to assist you indirectly to kill yourself if you are old, or have a specific illness which may soon kill you.  Letting one die naturally by taking off life support is a determination the person or family can make.

*He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Matt 19:18 ESV+

 

We do not have to worry about the acts of believers whose minds become unstable, including suicide. For if the Spirit was in our hearts, He will pray for us, intercede for us, and sanctify us, until we are well, or until we are taken home by Jesus.

*In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. Ro 8:26-27 NIV+

 

Hating your brother is a sin. Has nothing to do with racism; it is hating anyone regardless of race, it does not matter who does the hating. We are not to hate any person, we are only to hate the sinful actions of anyone, for those are evil.

*Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him. 1 Jn 3:15 NKJV+

*Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Ro 12:9 NIV+

 

6b Sexually immoral (5 above) includes fornicators, adulterers, effeminate, homosexuals (14 above)

 

Sexually immoral refers to all sexual sins - See Sins

 

Fornicators (14 a. above)

Fornication is a synonym for sexual immorality. Here Paul is probably referring to sexual purity, having sex relations only after a man and woman have been married. Some believe you are married when you commit at one’s engagement, others after you have consensual sexual relations for the first time.  

*"Haven't you read," he replied, "that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,' and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'  Matt 19:4-5 (NIV)

*Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. Heb 13:4 NKJV+

*Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. Col 3:5 NASB+

 

Sexual lusting: any who think about sexual pleasures from one who is not their spouse; pornography is destroying many.

*For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--is not of the Father but is of the world. 1Jn 2:16 NKJV+

 

Adultery (14 b. above): Having sexual relations with anyone who is not your spouse.

 

Effeminate, homosexuals (14 c + d. above): 2 men having sex relations together or 2 women having sex relations together

*For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. Ro 1:26-27 ESV+

 

6c All liars (8 above)

It is a sin to lie.

*'You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another. Lev 19:11 NKJV+

 

It is a lie to promote any cause, including political correctness which lies, or help others to promote its lies

It is a lie to “spin” the truth; make the truth not seem so bad, or make the truth seem better than it is, instead of just telling the truth.

*Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Eph 5:6 NKJV+

 

It is a lie to change the definition of words to deceive others into believing they mean something different; what you want them to mean.

It is a lie to take verses from the Word of God out of context, instead of what God intended them to say; so you can put your own meaning on them.

*Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, Col 3:9-10 NKJV+

 

6d Cowardly (1 above)

 

In the 20th century more Christians have been killed, martyred, than all of the other centuries combined. Here in the U.S. at this time this reality is coming closer as the prophecies of end times are being fulfilled. The hardest part for Christians will be when any have to watch our loved ones, including little children, be killed, or die from hunger or lack of water; because we will not deny Jesus. We cannot ever do this on our own, but with the help of our God all things are possible

*Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed. Rev 6:11 NIV+

*And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain. Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. Rev 13:15-17 ESV+

 

Yet being cowardly also pertains to the world we are living in. We must stand up to the “Political Correct lies” which are being used by the liberal elite to promote socialism. These lies are trying to control believers, especially women and the younger generations. These lies try to put us on the defensive in our social world, in our educational system, and sadly within some of our congregations as well. We can recognize the evil of political correctness quite easily; if it does not keep the commandments of our God, those promoting it are liars and the truth is not in them.

*By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, "I have come to know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. 1Jn 2:3-6 NASB+

 

Political correctness is merely the humanistic ideals, beliefs, and agenda of the liberal elite. They try to judge society with their lies; not allowing the Word of God to have any influence on us. They use “buzz” words to try and intimidate us; make us more scared of being labeled these social unacceptable things; than standing up for our God, His Holy name, His Holy word. And it is working.

*Let the lying lips be put to silence, Which speak insolent things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous. Ps 31:18 NKJV+

 

We must use the Word of God when we face political correctness.

Bigot: We love our God, we love all people. Because we love our God, we obey His commands. If your definition of “bigot” is one who loves and obeys our God; we are proud to be one.

*If you love me, you will keep my commandments. Jn 14:15 ESV+

 

Racist: Racism does not define hate. Hating any person is a sin; regardless of what race or sex they are, whether they are a friend or enemy. Any person who hates another person, no matter what the reason, is a murderer in God’s sight. We are only to hate the sinful actions of anyone, for these acts are evil.

*Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him. 1 Jn 3:15 NKJV+

*Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Ro 12:9 NIV+

 

We should do unto others as we would have them do unto us. It does not matter if one is rich or poor; powerful or weak. We want to help all so they can have a successful life; both with our Lord and in their physical lives. While not being taken advantage of by those who are unwilling to work, change their lifestyle to be successful; both with our Lord and in their physical lives. 

*Do to others as you would have them do to you. Lk 6:31 NIV+

 

Woman’s right over her body: All Christians, including women, do not have any right over our bodies See 6a Our bodies. Jesus has purchased our bodies at a cost which we will never be able to repay; His blood and death upon the cross. Our bodies belong to Jesus and how He would have us use them. Not only does woman a have no right over her own body, she does not have the right to kill a baby in her womb; which our Heavenly Father has created in His own image.

*for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord's. Ro 14:8 NASB+

 

Homophobic: We are not homophobic; we are homo-save-you. Though homosexual acts are detestable to us, we love the homosexuals. Though we warn you of Hell to get your attention; we are far more interested in saving your soul. We want to make you our brothers and sisters in Christ, children of our Heavenly Father, and heirs of Heaven with us.

*"'Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable. Lev 18:22 NIV+

*And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. 1Jn 4:21 ESV+

 

We cannot be children of our God, and follow Him, and be part of this world its many pleasures; for if we are lukewarm our Savior will spit us out of His mouth. We must understand any sin no matter how small, if not forgiven will keep us from being with our God, and condemn us to Hell. And we will be judged on everything we have ever done.

*So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. Rev 3:16 ESV+

*For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. Ja 2:10 NKJV+

*And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. Rev 20:12 ESV+

 

We will be judged on our sins whether we knew it was a sin or not. Though there will be different punishments handed out depending on whether we had heard about Jesus, the severity of our sins. See Matt 11:20-22; Heb 2:2-3, 10:39-41

*And that servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more. Lk 12:47-48 ESV+

 *Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.”  Jn 19:11 ESV+

 

Any who will not admit their sins, hate them because they are evil, strive to commit then no more, try to overcome them at all costs, and be sincerely repentant for committing them; loves their sins more than they love Jesus. Their own mind has disconnected them from the truth in God’s Word, keeps them from being one with Christ, and they will face the wrath of God.

*You who love the Lord, hate evil! He preserves the souls of His saints; He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked. Ps 97:10 NKJV+

*"He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him." Jn 3:36 NASB+

*For we know Him who said, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay." And again, "The Lord will judge His people." It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Heb 10:30-31 NASB+

 

7. We must reach out to unbelievers

 

We must associate with unbelievers, for they will always be around us in this world. Our Father loves the unbelievers, though He hates their evil acts; He wants us to teach them in the Word so they can become His children also.

*I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 1Co 5:9-10 ESV

*“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. Matt 5:43-45 ESV+

 

We love all people, want to tell unbelievers about our great God; how Jesus died to forgive the sins of all who will believe in Him. We must also warn them about the wrath they will face, if they do not escape the snare of the devil. While doing good works for them, including those who hate us, are our enemies. So they can see we love them, praise our God who wants us to love all people. 

*And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.  2Ti 2:24-26 NKJV+

*Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matt 5:16 NKJV+

 

Our Father requires us to tell the unbelievers about Him, warn them they must turn from their wicked ways.

*When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked man, you shall surely die!' and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul. Eze 33:8-9 NKJV+

 

We should welcome unbelievers, tell them about our Savior, how we should live when we follow Jesus; discuss their beliefs and situation with them. Yet because of our different beliefs, we will always be doing things in a different way, going in different direction. And should not let unbelievers’ sinful habits become part of our lives, be accepted in our presence. We should be careful their worldly ideals, do not spill out on other believers or our children, and be accepted by them. It is easy for sinful pleasures to be brought in by unbelievers, and then spread into the lives of all of the believers around them. A little leaven (yeast) spreads through the whole lump (dough).

*Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 2Co 6:14-15 NIV+

*You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole lump. Gal 5:7-9 NKJV+

 

8. Hold responsible; think they are believers, but are not

 

There are many who believe they are children of God, but are really not, because they love the pleasures of their flesh, this world more than our Creator. Paul tells us anyone who claims to be our brother or sister in Christ, and yet is committing sins: without admitting they are sins, without hating the sins they are committing, is not striving to overcome them at all costs, and is not sincerely repentant for committing them; should be purged from among us, for they are evil. Their mind and conscience are defiled, disconnecting them from the truth in God’s Word, and keep them from being a child of God.

*To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed. Titus 1:15-16 NASB+

*But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you. 1Co 5:11-13 ESV

 

These verses explain themselves.

*For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Eph 5:5 ESV+

*Therefore do not become partners with them; Eph 5:7 ESV+

*For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. Eph 5:12 ESV+

 

Paul does this to try and wake up the one sinning, so he will come back to the Lord. So all believers will know this man was sinning, and they should not be part of it. And to let other unbelievers know the will of our God, that He hates sexual immorality. 

*It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife. And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you. 1Co 5:1-2 ESV+

*For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged (as though I were present) him who has so done this deed. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. 1Co 5:3-5 NKJV+

 

9. Hold together the Children of God

 

We should gather together and study the Word with our brothers and sisters in Christ. We should teach and admonish each other in all the wisdom the Spirit gives us through the Word. We should worship our God in songs as we thank Him for all He has done for us.

*not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. Heb 10:25 BASB+

*Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Col 3:16 ESV+

 

We, with a spirit of gentleness, should let our brothers and sisters know when they have strayed from our Lord, from His Word,. This should be done by those who are spiritual, are one with Jesus, and have a strong faith in Him. Always being careful we are not tempted by the sin of the one we are trying to help.

*Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Gal 6:1 NIV+

*"Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. Matt 18:15 NKJV+

 

But if your brother does not listen to you, take two others with you as witnesses. If your brother refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. If he refuses to listen to the church, do not have anything to do with him. The same way Jewish people in the time of Jesus would have nothing to do with Gentiles and tax collectors.

*But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Matt 18:16-17 ESV+

 

Likewise if a brother or sister does not obey what Paul has written in his gospel (letter), do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother, and do not associate with him. The same way we are to stay away from a brother or sister, who leads an unruly life, does not live like a child of God.

*If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of that person and do not associate with him, so that he will be put to shameYet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. 2Thess 3:14-15 NASB+

*Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us. 2Thess 3:6 NASB+

 

There should not be any sexual immorality, impurity, or covetousness among us, nor filthy, foolish, crude talking among us, in our lives. This includes everything in our lives, all the movies, T.V. shows, sports talk, tweeting, talking with our friend and everything else we do. While we continually thank and praise our God for all He has done for us.

*But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. Eph 5:3-4 ESV+

 

Believers should also hold their leaders and teachers accountable to the Word of God. We can only do this when we likewise get into the Word and study it with the help of the Holy Spirit, so we know what our Father would have us do. Believers know that they must love Jesus above everything else, that if we love Him we will obey His commands. We all know sexual immorality is wrong, and that killing a baby in the womb because one does not want the child, is murder. Our leaders and teachers should also believe this, teach this.

*Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. Rev 2:20 NKJV+

 

Our leaders and teachers have turned from sound doctrine; to that which the people of the world want to hear. They have accepted all the false wisdom this world creates, which tries to make all the pleasures of this world acceptable to God. But our God will always hate sin, will judge and punish unbelievers on each and every sin they ever commit; will punish leaders and teachers even harder for leading any to sin.

*For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 2Ti 4:3-4 NIV+

*O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge--by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen. 1Ti 6:20 NKJV+

*Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. Ja 3:1 ESV+

*But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussionwanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions. 1Ti 1:5-7 NASB+

 

We should not tolerate leaders or teachers who do or teach that which is evil. We should test whether the leaders and teachers (apostles) have been moved by the Holy Spirit, or an evil spirit; to see if what they teach is the truth from the Word of God. Knowing through the Word of God the Spirit will show us the truth; we can judge what our Lord would have us do, who He would have lead and teach us.

*I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance , and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; Rev 2:2 NASB+

*Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1Jn 4:1 ESV+

 

Any leaders and teachers who do not follow the Word of God must be removed; or a believer needs to find another congregation or group to become part of. For temptations will come to believers; but woe comes to the one who brings or allows these temptations to come.

*"Why don't you judge for yourselves what is right? LK12:57 NIV+

*Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! Matt 18:8-9 ESV+

 

10. Always praying for others, for strength for ourselves

 

The first and most important thing we can do is pray for others, that they will give up their human will and accept the will of our Lord. Pray that all believers including ourselves will stand up for our God. Knowing our prayers will be answered according to the will of our Father. Pray as Paul prayed for others, that all may strengthened by the Spirit; so Christ can dwell in their hearts through faith. 

*This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of him. 1Jn 5:14-15 NIV+

* For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Eph 3:14-19 NASB+

 

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