As most of you who follow this ministry and blog know, we are committed to faithfully presenting Paul’s method of ministry (evangelizing, establishing, equipping, and expansion). In seeking to hold to and teach biblical principles, it may seem that we are confronting old traditions and forms that you and others have held to for generations. It is not us who confront, but the Word of truth.
Paul was in the same position as we find ourselves today. Even in his first letter where he confronts those who were teaching a different gospel, he says, “Have I become your enemy by telling you the truth?” (Galatians 4:16). Just before this verse, Paul testifies that they received him “as an angel” and “would have gouged out [their] eyes” for him. What caused this difference?
As Paul points out in verse 17, there were influences (people) that put pressure on these believers to follow a man-made gospel that puffed up man rather than a gospel that exalted the Lord Jesus. This danger will not be recognized unless we are spiritually in tune with the Spirit, because He is always working to glorify Christ (John 16:14). If it seems that we are adamant about RETURNING TO THE SCRIPTURE as the only means of success for the church, it is because we too are deeply committed to glorifying our Head, Jesus Christ and holding to the pure gospel.
Please tune in tomorrow. There is another aspect of this I want to present from Galatians 4.
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