“Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways” (2 Corinthians 4:1–2).
These verses come right after Paul is presenting the tremendous link between gazing on the glory of the Lord and transformation that takes place in us resulting from this glory. I would venture to say that Paul was so moved by this connection that he wanted to make the clear distinction between how this motivated his ministry and those who were using “disgraceful, underhanded ways… cunning or…tampering with God’s word” to advance their own ambitions.
At NFI, we refuse to advance any method we have created, but insist that persons RETURN TO SCRIPTURE and compare all that is done in the church with the Word of God. Using any method other than Scripture and the Holy Spirit must be renounced if it in any way exalts man! The conscience must be governed by God in either giving or receiving what is said by others. If any statement, word, or teaching does not align with Scripture, it must be rejected.
This requires a Berean spirit. They “received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so” (Acts 17:11). Paul says they “were more noble” because of this attitude. This will not put you in any ‘popularity’ article, but the Spirit will confirm truth to you through a fruitful ministry.
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