Saturday, July 22, 2006

Don't Defraud my Brother

My husband and I were reading Found: God's Will by John MacArthur and some words really stood out because of issues I see raised on blogs. I notice an ebb and flow in blogs pertaining to hot issues. Duh. One of the sub-headings in the book is titled: Treat Others Fairly. MacArthur states:
No man is to "go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter" (I Thes. 4:6.) In other words, don't take advantage of people.

Some people step on others' necks to get what they want. Some people use others in a sexual way to gratify their own desires. Others use people in a business way. There are many ways to use others. Don't do it for "the Lord is the avenger of all such."
"He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God who hath also given unto us His Holy Spirit." If you mistreat people, you really mistreat and despise God.

It is interesting how we might mistreat the name of God!
Did you know for example that Jonathan Edwards came under fire for some of the oddest ideas that his "faithful flock" held? It was a commonly held belief I read, that a woman gave birth to her children on the same day of the week that she conceived. Apparantly more than one of Edward's children were born on the sabbath. It was considered a terrible thing to have sex on the sabbath, and yet that is the horrible deed that Edward's was accused of doing. Poor guy. He sure endured some persecution from his congregation.

MacArthur goes on to state in his book that the critics of Christ look for faults in Christians. MacArthur suggests we eliminate the faults in order to "put to silence the ignorance of foolish men. How do we silence our critics? By living an exemplary life within society." He goes further on to state that "we do not use our freedom as a cloak for being malicious and evil (IPeter 2:16).

So....we are not to defraud our brother in any matter, because if we mistreat others, we really mistreat and despise God and sometimes that looks like maliciousness. Sometimes in our staunch stand for truth, do we go beyond in defending the faith, and really mistreat someone that belongs to God? We sure do need to learn how to have some patience. All of us.

I believe there is a quiet revival going on. A revival and hunger for the Word of God, and for the Doctrines of Grace. I say a quiet revival because it sure is not real visible or sensational. It is just one person at a time and the revelation from God comes and they think...Oh! So this is what the scriptures teach! I think it is our responsibility to extend grace and encourage others in their search for truth. Stand against those who tear down the Doctrines of Grace, don't stand against those who are trying to understand, just because they don't measure up to our understanding, or because they don't grow at the rate we think they should.

All of these thoughts are crammed in because I am going on vacation tomorrow to the coast!


At 2:52 AM, Blogger missmellifluous said...

Even though you say these thoughts are crammed they are very good. Thank you, Candy. You have a great heart for God: loving and gentle. Thank you.

People are o drawn to God's grace aren't they! It can soften the hardest heart and comfort the most hurt. It's so compelling.

I really like what you have written. Thank you for the reminder to be gentle as God is, in the blogosphere and everywhere.

Have a great holiday. I can't wait to hear about it when you get back. Travel safe and enjoy it all.

At 10:55 AM, Blogger Islandsparrow said...

I echo missmellifluous' thoughts because they are true and she says it so well!

Thank you Canday for telling us about the "quiet revival" - accept grace - extend grace. I like that. I need it.

Have a wonderful vacation!

At 3:44 PM, Blogger Homemanager said...

You're being one of those "peacemakers"! :o)
I agree with you about a "quiet revival". Isn't that the way the Lord works? I was thinking about the "still small voice"...the Lord isn't in the sensational. I believe He is in the mundane and routine.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation."
2 Corinthians 5:17-18
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" Matthew 5:9
"Love suffers long and is kind;..."
1 Corinthians 13:4a
Have a blessed time, Dear Sister.

At 3:58 PM, Anonymous Barbara K said...

Laced with grace. Thank you for your grace-filled words, Candy. You've said it perfectly. Have a wonderful vacation and take a deep breath of ocean air for me. I sure miss that ocean.

At 10:34 PM, Blogger Catez said...

Good thoughts Candy. I would add - what about those who aren't Christians seeking to know more? We have a great medium here.

I can only think of a couple of ewxamples in 3 years where some-one defrauded me in blogging. My advice for bloggers is don't say it if it has no basis - and stick to the issue. Apart from the obvious need to be fair and refrain from false accusations - we never really know what's happening in some-one's life - are they ill? Is a family member ill?

I also think that any Christian, whether holding to the doctrines of grace or not, has a responsibility to be truthful and fair.

At 12:24 PM, Blogger candyinsierras said...

Thanks for the great comments. I had a wonderful time at the ocean. Always so calming. Barb...Star met up with us at Pigeon Point and we had a great picnic dinner.

Catez. I agree that we have a responsibility to be truthful and fair. We need to uphold the Doctrines of Grace. I hope we all learn to do it in such a way that encourages and compels others to a closer walk and teaches us to give all glory to God.

At 5:17 AM, Anonymous BarbaraK said...

Oh how fun to see Star! Do say hi to her for us next time you talk with her. We've missed her.


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