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Best of Broadcast: Who Appointed Me the Gatekeeper of the Charismatic Movement?

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April 11, 2022 4:50 pm

Best of Broadcast: Who Appointed Me the Gatekeeper of the Charismatic Movement?

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The following program is recorded content created by the Truth Network so who appointed me the gatekeeper of the charismatic movement is time for the light a fire with your host Google scholar and cultural commentator Dr. Michael Brown your voice for more savvy and spiritual clarity called 866-34-TRUTH to get on the line of fire and now there's your host Dr. Michael Brown friend Michael Brown delighted to be with interesting edifying health will discussion today. I won't be taking any calls for responding on social media. So sit back, enjoy the broadcast I believe you find it helpful not because I'm talking about me because I can be talking about us about you and me about others and I think the principles you layout are really really helpful so there is a perception I've been told this to my face. There is a perception that I am quote the gatekeeper of the charismatic movement.

Yeah, I've been told this to my face and the perception comes especially from those who are critics of the charismatic movement. Critics of the Pentecostal movement. Those who say that the sign gifts, tongues and prophecy and gifts of healing that these are not for today that they are not normative for today as they were in New Testament times and those that that may also oppose modern revival movements and things like that. Another trends in the church and there is a perception among quite a few of these critics that me. Yours truly, Dr. Michael Brown I am the quote gatekeeper of the charismatic movement. In other words, I am the one that God has appointed to keep the bad stuff out to give approval to this and disapproval of that to spend a lot of my time calling out error in the movement exposing this one that one.

And that's what I should be doing because I'm not doing it to their satisfaction.

I am therefore being lax or I'm being double minded or whatever not what what I find really interesting is the question who gave it a role who appointed me to do that. I can assure you God didn't the one to whom I give account didn't appoint me to do this, the one with whom I commune daily but one for whom I take my marching orders. The one who burdens me with things that he wants me to do when I seek to follow as best as I understand did not call me to do that. In fact, there is no such person on the planet, not America, not anywhere that look, let's be realistic, and I'm going to get into some spiritual principles today that as I say I think everyone will find helpful. Number one, and I could find it flattering that someone thinks of me that way that I have that much influence, but let's be realistic.

There are worldwide about 600 million people who wait in here to various Pentecostal charismatic doctrines police experiences etc. there are some among them that holds outright heretical beliefs, but still identifies Pentecostal charismatic that would be a smaller number. The overall number about 600 million and the vast majority would be those who hold to orthodox biblical doctrines of salvation found only in Jesus and the deity of Jesus and God's cry unity etc. etc. in the inspiration of Scripture. So they would be fellow believers… Give me a great platform we reach a lot of people through radio through TV through intranet through articles through books to speaking to our schools, we reach a lot of people but I feel very confident in saying that the vast majority of Pentecostals and charismatics worldwide have no idea who I am no idea whatsoever who I am and I am somehow the gatekeeper say they don't have to know you. You just have to know them okay let's turn around in this way, I am quite sure that I don't know the vast majority of Pentecostal preachers, teachers, leaders, charismatic preachers, teachers, leaders worldwide. I'm quite sure that I don't you name country after country after country and city okay.

Who are the 20 best known charismatic Pentecostal leaders in this country in Nigeria in Brazil in in India in this country that some like I can even name Eddie because I'm just not that familiar with what's happening in those countries. Yet somehow I am the gatekeeper of all of those so they don't know me.

I don't know them is a no-no where some of America because America influences the whole world and a lot of the bad doctrines that have spread around the world to other countries have come from America, but a lot of truth in that absolutely America is very influential, not just nationally in terms of the American people but spiritually terms the American church and no question about it that a lot of doctrinal error has been exported and it's come charismatic Pentecostal leaders and Americans been exported around the world. Most notably that the current prosperity message that Jesus died to make you rich and being rich is proof of your spirituality.

Yeah that that air is having terrible impact in many countries absolutely no question about it. Address that for decades loudly, clearly in writing publicly on radio and other forms absolutely spoke against that my materials have been translated into other languages to to get into other countries to help with these things, but even in America.

All right, I don't know the number of charismatics Pentecostals in America, but I'd be very surprised if most of them knew me some for sure many, but even most at an end. Here's the biggest thing that metonymy, but I want to apply these things to each of you and open up the Scriptures and among hits. It's quite a notion that people think of me in this way, but it is completely out of proportion. It is completely unrealistic, as contrary to my calling.

Now here is where this is gonna be relevant for each of you listening one about to say is going to be relevant. If your ministry if you're an individual believer seeking to follow the Lord one region from Paul's letter to the Romans chapter 14 and he's talking about a different subject that major principle emerges. He says 14 one is for the ones we can faith welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions or disputable matters. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. So it is not saying eating vegetables each week. But if you think I can eat other foods because of the file miracle hurt me or it's spiritual things like after you only vegetables that's a position of weakness not realizing that what you eat physically doesn't defile you spiritual but not the one who eats the spies one who abstains in that not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats guys walk in them and then Paul brings out this principle. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld for the Lord is able to make him stand. What a tremendously important message or when not talking about making moral judgments or doctrinal judgment. We are called to do that in the body. We are called to test fruit. We are called to examine the lives of leaders what they teach and how they live. We are called to do that but we are not called to judge one another servant of the Lord is called to do one night loads is late at night for me early in the morning for others was 430 in the morning. I was about to go to sleep.

My simile not person. So if I get in a role really writing working on something at time flies. I look at it it's super late, I get an email from a colleague for 30 in the morning I said to him what you do. Another is what you doing up what he had just woken up. I was about to go to sleep. I circular we got the world covered your hush. I can rest that in Europe were joking about it. Why gets it one of the four there in the morning is a crazy time to be up and and and you can be regulated night. If you're up at 430 in the morning, and he turned around to me and say what you saw and how can you get up early in the morning to pray for obsolete you should be sleeping for hours now I'm on one schedule. He's on another schedule.

There is one person, and they are really, really called that their whole ministry is a ministry of prayer.

Sure the date they'd live their lives. They do other things with the biggest calling on their laws is to get alone with God in prayer and if they don't pray a lot of things will happen. That's their role that's their calling so engendered why you pray all the time.

You should be on evangelizing more or or or the one that's pray all the time says to the evangelist a warrant want you praying all day.

You why you spending all your time talking to people, spend your time talking to God and then will show you one person to talk to and will know that's not there right to do that because each one is a counter got so Paul goes on to talk about esteeming one daybed another.

A lot of this came up as your Jewish and Gentile believers together Rome working these things out so he says this, verse six, the one who observes the day, observes in honor of Lord each season are the words and to give thanks to God alone abstains, abstains, and honor the Lord gives thanks to God for none of us lives to himself and none of us dies to himself. If we live, we live to the Lord.

If we die we died to the Lord to them whether we live or whether we die we are the Lord's.

To this end, Messiah died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead end of the living.

Why do you pass judgment on your brother or why do you despise your brother, for we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.

For it is written is… The Lord, every knee shall bow to me and every tongue shall confess to God. So then each of us will give an account of himself to God so friend on that day you will be called to give account to God for what he gave you do not what I think you should be doing.

Let me say again, we are to judge doctrine and we are to judge morals. So if there is a leader saying you don't need the Bible because I'm here and I am the living word that person is a heretic and should be marked as such and call to repentance called repentance if they refuse to repent then marked as a heretic. If they say hey the Lord's given me permission because the bird that I carry in the hard work I do have multiple sexual partners just like the Old Testament believers. The man had concubines while that person is in sexual morality should be called to repent and if they refuse to repent and want to stay in the church than they are put out, we are to judge that. But, but it's not for you to tell me what God's called me to do and it is not for me to tell you what God's call you to do. We come back out. I want to tell you a story about John hi was notice is as praying hi and was one of the great praying missionaries in in recorded history. I'm sure there many others with his story is one owner talked about what happened when he went to India and some of the misunderstanding that he endured effective and attired in within Aesop's fable, but I want to help you find freedom, not as an outlet for laziness, not as an outlet for rebellion, not as an outlet; because this is rather freedom and values on your plate you may be serving in a ministry that job five. God tell you the line of fire with your host Dr. Michael Brown get on the line of fire by calling 866-34-TRUTH here again is Dr. Michael Brown is a special edition of the life I am not taking I'm seeking interact with Scripture, principal that will help the expectations of others from the from other people dictating to what you're calling his or them, judging you by what they think you should be doing. Even his parents, even in other aspects of life you may know that you know that you know sir, that God called you into the business world that you're calling is to be a Christian witness in the business world and to generate funds that can support the gospel around the world and someone else's judge, you look ice Norcia call your life to preaching or living in comp right you got that thing hanging over your friend if with all your heart, you want to obey the Lord if with all your heart, you say Lord, not my will but your will be done if that's your heart if that's your attitude and you pursue him, he will guide you in the right path will show you the right things to do hit he'll help you understand and discern what his will is as you walk in the light that you have an and in some people had expectations for you. Ilia could be your family always for your be a doctor can be a medical doctor to be a medical doctor and now you're not even going to a traditional college or going to a ministry school because you feel compelled by God to be a missionary reach a particular people group that's been unreached sweet dogs honey do you tell your mom and data. I would love to honor you and see your dreams.

My life refill, but I have to honor the Lord he's calling me to do this so John hi known as praying hi you can read his biography. There are a few different ones as well like two or three and in one think the author's last name is Carey CAR or EE and then the other bios are put in with that, John. Praying hi just praying hi very very moving very very compelling because the prayer life that he lived but when he first got to India he was misunderstood because he was not as active on the field as the other missionaries and he spent a lot of every day in prayer and spent a lot of time fasting and would sometimes not sleep at night ultimately broke down his health living the way he was living, but heat he did it willfully and died younger say hammock can stop this spur parent died in his 40s but he pushed himself to that degree. Self-denial be with God in prayer. Those like where you're working for an end you're here praying you need to be on the field more, but they discovered that the more he was out on the field, the weaker their work God and the more he stayed in prayer, the stronger their work God that there evangelism their missions work was more effective and and high made a covenant with the Lord that he would win one soul to Jesus every day that that he would find that person and not just say hey the Lord test you go ahead and be blessed. No get down on their knees in public on the street in the dust and say God save me. I'm a sinner and need redemption.

I need mercy before he left the field and he served northern India Pakistan area.

The Pakistan now before you left the field. He had covenant with God to lead five people to Jesus every single day. So he became a very effective evangelist, but they realize the other missionaries there, they realized that the most effective thing he could do was pray but initially they judged him as was and is busy.

That wasn't lazy was doing the hard work it's a lot easier actually to go and talk to others and to spend all day in travail in prayer and fasting skipping meals and skipping sleep and things like that. It is the ultimate spiritual battle reminds me of this. Aesop's fable that the members of the body. Got very resentful towards the stomach because the feet and the legs would have to walk all the way out into the woods to hunt the animals and and then the arms would get. We get weary don't calling calling back the the bowling shooting out the arrow and then preparing the meal and then the shoulders get weary carrying carrying this thing back at it and then clean and cook it do all of that area and then the Tika chewing in the stomach just sat there and ate anything just sat there and I enjoyed the food so the members of the body decided to boycott the stomach since the summer that's driving us to do all this hunting always will just stop feeding there for a few days arm start to get little weak in the legs little heavy and mind will thought they realized they needed the stomach to do what it did. So there's diversity in the body.

You may really be called to be a teacher of the word you're out like to give you a give you little story here, diversity within the body and recognizing and honoring one another's calling rather than trying to fit everybody in into the mold that we think is there mold and do the job that we think they should be doing so again, for those who say that on the gatekeeper of the charismatic church. My question is what who appointed me and that you have the right to critics of the charismatic movement don't have the right again. They may think will will Mike Brown your you're one of the few that speaks out and you got scholarship behind you and even onto the bridge that you hang out with these weird wacky people that that you know your own theology sounds of your the man to do what I appreciate appreciate the vote of confidence in the midst of a criticism, but who called me to do that is my daughter must call me to do that on the day you stand before God. I stand before God, who we give an account to him it if your pastor not ultimately giving account to your congregation to your board with your spouse or to denominational head of the one honor and respect and work with everyone you cabinet you giving account to God, yeah, and that's gonna be awesome and very intense day. Paul talks about again. Second Corinthians 5 how each of us give account you got this is not for justification of our sins are sins have been forgiven through the cross. This degree For what we did with our lives. Yeah, absolutely. So so as as we think about this give you little analogy a pastor decides that the people in his church's congregation. Few hundred people don't really know each other well. So he tells his his elders listen made a decision.

I want to share it with it and I want you to interact with me on as I believe it's the right thing to do or think the first Sunday of every month we call for public dinner. So when the service is over.

We clear out the chairs we bring in the tables will take long to do all the people preparing their food get their kids in all this and then every week. We encourage people sit with people you don't know will do it once a month. I think it's a great way to build fellowship.

One of the elders whose evangelist at heart. He said pastor I feel like that's immoral I mean how many people there are right outside our building within walking distance that don't know Jesus, having been born again that if every becoming for church doors and there during walking distance from us. How can we be sitting feasting was people die will Jesus know pastor. What we need to do is is is every Sunday after service sent people onto the neighborhoods we've done that then we can come have, while another elder's got a real strong prophetic sense burden. He says pastor because I become a blessedness sin there is in the Gossip.

There is a man into porn and in it Emily kids are watching putting things on social media using went together a get document blesses no little but we preach a message and call people to repentance.

First, and then we thoroughly repented that we can enjoy fellowship and then another elder who is really a teacher is called by God to be a teacher.

He said pastor would be okay if if I could do a series of teachings on the Greek word coin in your fellowship and explain that what that means, so that we could really have some good fellowship when the time comes, will each one has a particular gifting in a particular calling in a particular way of seeing things in our household. I I am the the helium balloon meeting. I am so full of optimism. I am so full of today is good.

Tomorrow's going to be better and and Nancy is this absolute realist and as you can see what's wrong a mile ahead or what's going wrong a mile ahead and and we often joke about it that she's the lead weight that keeps my helium balloon from flying away. So together. It's a great match right so every body has to serve in general, we all have to make sacrifices.

There's stuff we all do that. We wish we didn't have to do because part of life right like you know as a mom you want to have a bunch of kids but not everything about raising a kid is like your favorite thing like changing kids diaper that has diarrhea and it's the fourth diaper changes you try to get the family out the door for Sunday services. Ali is not your favorite saying about parenting, but it it comes with the territory right now you have a goal of a certain profession. You have to go through five years of rigorous study and internship. That's pretty tough, but that's how you get where you're going right. You may want to be an athlete and to be at the top your game, you have to do all kinds of things repetitious the over it. All right, okay, but that's can get you. We want so we all have to generically serve and do things that we rather not do is just part of life. Part of ministry part of parenting or having a job. That's the reality. But when it comes down to the ultimate purpose for your life, you may be called to be single for period of years, you may be called have a large family or small family. You may be called to have no children of your own, you're unable to, but your call to adopt children, you may be called to pastor mega church you may be called to plant a house church network, you may be called to one-on-one evangelist may be called the street preaching you maybe call to mass evangelism. Everybody's gotta be faithful to the calling that God gave them the mass evangelist can't look at the street preacher and say you should be doing what I'm doing. The mega church pastor can't look at the house church leader and say you should be doing what I'm doing or, conversely, in less it's doctrinally wrong in less it is morally wrong unless the practices are as destructive. These old houses life say this is what is your call again for you to judge another man. I'm so glad day of judgment.

Glad the goal here from the line of fire with your host Dr. Michael Brown get on the line of fire by calling 866-34-TRUTH here again is Dr. Michael Brown now exaggerated and F not with gold got his Colby to do is a primary aspect of my life and calling in time and effort and energy but some of said that and they said you should be doing X, Y and Z now that here's what's interesting and you could do this with someone's tell you what you're supposed be doing and what you're calling is is all God's call to do so would he, spoken to you to do because, listen for me I just want the will of God. I want the will of God the praise of people I'm blessed when people send this testimonies of power ministry is impacted them. I'm blessed to know that the word of the Lord working through us is bearing good fruit to the glory of God is like you be blessed and encouraged but I my goal is not to please people, serve people, but my goal is to please the Lord. So Lord, whatever your will is whatever your purposes.

There were times in my life when I spent a lot a lot of my time birthing new schools putting together curricula, hiring faculty and theater programs.

According to students and and in less time traveling. There were times right. I spent a tremendous amount of time on the road country after country, and all I did base he was traveling in writing. I've been doing live talk radio. Now leave this year, doubling mix makes 14 years of of daily live talk radio brother times what when I was just it. In the midst of an outpouring of the Spirit we were in meetings day and night and day and night. There were the times and in in college and grad school studying multiple languages and and earning degrees and doing all the technical, academic work to prepare for things. After that, to the different seasons, but I imagine like you. You love the Lord you want his will and from the heart with everything in me. All I want all wonders please my father all want to do is live and situated on that day. He says those words well done good and faithful servant us all that matters. If it means being hated and thrown into jail if if it means being president United States. That's I can happen just use an example that is not going to happen, nor does it resemble anything relating to God's call, but if his will was served serve the Lord in India in obscurity.

The rest your life if his will was give yourself day and night to debating rabbis if his will was spend all your time praying to this generation seems whatever pleases you, Lord, but here here's what fascinates me so our ministry has has a number of major emphases, but it takes a lot to do a daily live talk radio show Internet stream takes a lot of effort takes a team effort takes finances, and for some that's all they do. I mean, that's that the radio show is all they do their only on more hours than we are. But, understandably, because there's a lot of work that goes into this okay so that's what we do. But that's not all that we did. I'm constantly active in Jewish outreach in Jewish evangelism Jewish believer it's been part of my calling for 50 years so we we've written a book after book finance, reduce objections to Jesus and and Jewish outreach materials and books to educate the church about anti-Semitism in the past God's eternal calling and purpose on Israel so so those things it takes a mass amount of time five volume series answering Jewish objections to Jesus over 1500 pages. That is decades of work that that's important itself. That's what we were actively involved in it. If you haven't checked out our newly completely revamped real Messiah website go there real real go there. You'll be blessed. Tons of free material multiple debates with Rabbi series on answering the rabbis or TV shows. Think it through two years of Jewish outreach TV shows really creative, fascinating, well done over 100 objections answered their online excerpts from our books, video answers, check it out that that alone could be our entire life our entire ministry on a daily basis. There different things I'm doing that involve Jewish outreach right that remains a major part of what we do on teaching down to different schools once a month for four days three days one, one day at and another at so doing that ministry school pouring into those students all hang on. I'm sinister reason you're busy to your place or full to unless and look at how busy I am your busy to you have a lot on your plate to so hear him saying I normally write five op Ed's the week. Some people that's just what they do, they, they, writing an op-ed today and it's the major thing to do the work harder and that takes time researching learning your thinking, writing, so normally five op Ed's week and then in the last couple years we published nine different books. Okay and and summer commentaries the many years it takes to write a commentary, years of work, Joe commentary, years of work by Jeremiah commentary.

Now I'm working on my Isaiah commentary is years and years of work to do this and then still traveling and speaking right still traveling and speaking been overseas over hundred 50 different trips India 27 times Italy 27 times in other countries multiple times to resume work were doing that and then constant during debates online doing online interviews mentoring people, meeting with people and in writing a mystery right out of administrator of this handler, but still every day. The bunches of emails to answer some and then married, kids, grandkids so busy right this strikes me as an and again some of you tell me your schedule like I like how you do that and he managed to make it through the day. I'm a me some and ministry.

Some parenting some working secular jobs different things and altogether is a bunch of multitasking by vocational etc. lots of stuff going on. So here's what I find so fascinating and then we have a missions movement that was birthed out of her school to missionaries around the world that we sent out that we support and work with answer questions and things like that so I was at one critics website the other day because I was informed they had a new video out attacking me and I get to watch the one excerpts that I watch was was false to what this it was politely false and hope you apologists work with but anyway I was looking all the videos and they're basically all attacking charismatics attacking Pentecostals taking this preacher attacking a creature and that's what the whole YouTube channel was video after video after video after video and this extremely charismatic movement that I differ with also. These failed prophecies, false prophecies are called us out to this error in word or phrase prosperity preaching up called out to prevent anyone that's always there for second.

What about Jewish evangelism about to the Jew first, what you doing to reach Jewish people. Not a single video. There okay what you doing to support world missions and and where is all that with the missions movement your birth. You see anything there will head hang on. But what about what biblical commentaries have you written none.

And what were their answer be as I go through and how come you're not doing daily radio show more their estimate. That's not what God has called me to do. Maybe your Baptist want you spending all your time exposing error in the Baptist churches want you spending all your time exposing sexual scandals in the Baptist Church is why you spending all your time exposing spiritual deadness in the Baptist Church that civil God hasn't called me to do that okay you be obedient to the call of God, but the what goes around comes around. That's the Council you have to give me as well. Mike Dr. Brown you be faced with what God's call to do. We are not your judges.

So that's what I find so fascinating and the very people who were telling you you need to invest all your time. The pro-life movement.

You need to be giving all your money here. You need to be supporting this ministry, you need to be involved. This outreach will you turn around to them and so how can I do the other things I'm doing. How come you haven't adopted for international kids need, like our family has grown to Seattle will of God. How come your argument. 25% of of your money to support missionaries in Pakistan rubs the other, the will of God will know know that's another assignment you have your assignment. I have my son. That's the beauty of the body and and if were faithful to our assignment if were faithful to our assignment, which can have harmony beautifully functioning body and a recognition of the importance of what each one is is doing now look, I absolutely do have issues with some of the critics and I would say their methodology is often dishonest, often uses unequal weights and measures stirs up dissension and strife does not put forth truth in a constructive way. But rather insults and attacks others. If you don't believe me just go look at the comments section and see how others are savage. There and mocks, there is not visibly Christian about this other Christian about now. In the late 70s early 80s I thought I was supposed to correct everything and have to understand that with the serious work I was doing and get my doctorate in near Eastern languages and literatures we want. Looking at the translations really get behind the translations & "out to be the meeting and they say and if you study this in the Hebrew and answer looking at this no no, the great man's like a me know and an ice GO to correct this correctness and correctness. I was sitting in a service one night's Pentecostal church and was a lady speaking pastor had this lady speak and as she's reading these accounts from numbers and she would seemed unaware of what was written in Deuteronomy that gives kind of complements and fills out the picture and she was saying some things that were wrong and I'm watching the guy next be strenuously taken words right taking of thinking of taking notes and and is bothering me is like carrots not accurate but as the message went on, she was making a great point overall. So she got there was right, which I don't like adapting to talk with her. I would have, but no report was great and you could tell the people were getting into it and the overall point which is the main thing I remember was a great point.

I remember thinking to myself okay because now this is like the 8384. My mindset had shifted some from when it was late 70s early 80s I said to myself right now it's Wednesday night. Thousands and thousands and thousands of churches all over America summons teaching and this was wrong on this. This was not use the best translation on this. This was making a mistake and this is not my role to fix everything is not my role to do that, your light, I'd write a book with a publisher and maybe they published 300 books and I find one book that I differed with what can I still work with this budget will that's just the world we live in in your denomination. You have people that you differ within your church network, you have some of the differ with if you work with a publisher leader publish books that you differ with Bess the world that we live in. But no, I was always just fix it all. My address is 3000 is my address error lies in a major way get my life. Nothing on the record. Lord I will light a fire with your host Dr. Michael Brown get on the line of fire by calling 866-34-TRUTH here again is Dr. Michael Brown and Romans 12 one has their particular gift and he says some very beautiful things are using the analogy of the body. First, with its 1212 just as the body is one as many members and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is Christ bring one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, Jews or Greeks laser free and all were made to drink of one Spirit. This was something unique. This was a unique community of equal status through the blood of Jesus. He says in verse 14 for the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say because I'm not a hand, I do not belong to the body that would not make it any less a part of the body if the ear should say because I'm not and I do not belong to the body that would not make it any less a part of the body, the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing. If the whole body were an ear word be the sense of smell but as it is, God arranged the members in the body.

Each one of them as he chose the fall were single member, where would the body be as it is. There are many parts, yet one body, the eye cannot say to the hand. I have no need of you there again the head to the feet. I have no need of you the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor and are un-presentable parts are treated with greater modesty, or more presentable parts do not which are more present will parts do not require. But God has so compose the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body that the members may have the same care for one another. One member suffers, all suffer together. If one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ, and individually members of it. One more passage you want to read to you from Ephesians chapter 4 reading from my accordance software with my English Bible on the left and my Greek on the right when I hover over the English word.

It connects me to the Greek word so I can see exactly what it is. If I didn't know the Greek. For example, so in Ephesians 4. Paul's explaining why Jesus who ascended on high been appointed apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, a says that that they are appointed to equip the saints for the work of ministry, apostles, prophets, evangelist pastors and teachers are given by the Lord to equip the saints for the work of ministry. So this equips the body to go out and do the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. So this is God's goal for his people on earth to attain to this so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes rather speaking the truth in love really grow up in every way into him who is the head into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped that you and me with each part is working properly let's you and me makes the body grow that it builds itself up in love. I was being driven to the airport in Orlando and I was talking to the young man that was driving me and I asked him what his role was and he said that he is the PA to the executive pastor and I told him you have no idea how important your job is see God's wired me to carry a lot to take on the loss to be on the front lines were get attacked a lot as a failed to mention my job description earlier how active we are in the culture wars in all of what that entails, but God's wired needed to do this and probably over the course of these decades of carried what could be two or three full-time jobs for others, and I'm good with that. I'm blessed. I'm not stressed I I'm I'm enjoying the Lord. I'm enjoying the work of ministry on.

I'm not depressed.

Quite the contrary. I'm full of excitement in the Lord and in meeting with him and enjoying his presence and his goodness. But you give me other things to do right take on things yes and called me to do way down and that was the straw that breaks the camel's back and I'm discouraged. That's why because I stepped out of what God called me to do or things were put on me outside of my calling and if I did not have the team that I have but I couldn't do a fraction of what God's called me to do so. What each of them do is just as important that they each have their job, they each have their role, I, I, I, like in being a PA to being a golf caddie so so that the golfer seeking to win the Masters when a PGA grand slam. He's he's doing everything he can to get a shot. The best way to be in fine tune this in Nam and master the course, but the caddies also looking to master the course with a and the caddies get to carry all the bag so he doesn't have to carry that if you carry them with it with ultimately train them some. Over the course the match in the caddies going to know instinctively which the right club to give him an and then they can confer if they want to do another one so their co-working within the caddie has a very important role as well. And that's why they get a percentage of the guy wins the get a percentage of the winnings over and above their salaries at least in most cases it works like that everyone has their important job to do and we recognize as nonviable. Your important is your the senior pastor, your important your the one on radio your important just your the face on TV your important is your the CEO we get away from that mentality realize were all servants were all here to do the will of God and and I can't say to the hand I'm better than you. You can't see but try to see just try to see other close my eyes and hand you try to see well the hand can see. But then the head, consider the eye okay I let's see how brilliant you are.

Type something on the computer. I'll tell you what. Send out a text make a phone call I if you're so great this pick up that fork with the meat on it, get it to the mouth to eat.

You can do any each one has a function and it will give ourselves to our function and will be blast but not only that the body will work well and all others will be blast to now I want to go to one more passage Proverbs 6 chapter. I absolutely believe in correction and rebuke. I absolutely believe in it and have engaged in it privately and publicly many times over the decades and yes there are whole books are written in any chapters and other books. Many sermons are preached broadcast of done that are focused on correcting error.

I seek to do it in his biblical way as possible, which is not mocking other brothers or sisters not speaking in demeaning insulting ways, but rather speaking the truth in love, and with is an urgent need to call people to repentance. The thunder destroying your life if you don't get things right. I will do that with tears and with pain not look at this in Proverbs chapter 6 Proverbs 6 and there is a list here right because I want to talk about how we do what we do disable God's called me to correct or God's called me to to expose Erica make sure that's not just an immature fleshly reaction. Make sure that that is a calling and then that means your you're praying you're interceding for those that you think are in error you dream best reach out to those that you believe in error at an end and and then when you're correcting your correcting in constructive ways. Not not mocking other brothers and sisters in the Lord. Look at this. Proverbs 616. Following there are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to the same word used for men sleep in the limit is an abomination to the Lord's detestable right haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood heart that devises wicked plans beat that make haste to run people a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers. Sadly, in many critical circles. I find a violation of three things here, a lying tongue, false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers. I can't tell you anything's been sent to me over the years.

Whole websites attacking me pages on websites attacking me articles attacking me videos assume he just glance at C others because I knew the person was.

It took a moment to read the article.

Videos were people told of the content for some of it has been my time watching the attacks as someone generous concern because we can't interact with me, but I have seen these things with blatant lies blatant falsehoods about Calumet opinion undermine the falsehood of blatant falsehood. There is out there got hates that I've seen where others bear false witness, but others in the body. People I know personally I come out of the opinion until about false witness, and I've seen continually. The sowing of discord among brothers not marking a heretic who denies fundamentals of the faith. Someone who just sows discord among brothers. So how can that possibly be something because pleased with. Even if there a good corrections mixed in. There are three things out of the seven that God hates. According to Proverbs 6 that are being practiced so what ever we do, let's be motivated by love for God love for others. Look for truth, and let's speak the truth in love when I pray for people that are in error. If they heard playing for that they would have smiled his mental prayer thing is clear that I can save myself right Jesus people on God. Another program powered by the Truth Network

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