Things which are not permitted

For you permit it, if a man brings you into bondage, if a man devours you, if a man takes of you, if a man exalts himself, if a man smites you on the face. 2 Cor. 11:20

These are not permitted. Paul was saddened that believers were allowing these things to happen. They weren’t strong enough to stop it happening in the church, they gave permission by their silence.

4 Responses to “Things which are not permitted”

  1. ianvincent Says:

    Paul is speaking to the whole church in Corinth, every believer, and saying YOU are responsible for the things you permit. Paul doesn’t rail against the false prophets, rather he rebukes every believer for allowing false prophets to do their thing.

    Paul expects more strength of character and more boldness from the saints. He expects them to test everything, to exerciise critical analysis of everything.

    “Critical thinking” is not to be confused with criticism, which is a work of the flesh. It is to have an intelligent faith. The kind of intelligence Paul expected from the Corinthiians.

    He is amazed at their lack of spiritual intelligence. They allow a man to take their money and to exalt himself, the right reverend pastor Dr DD phd etc.. If you allow that stuff you insult Jesus Christ.

    Not to rail against it. Paul doesnt do that. He just shuts it down straight away. It’s not permitted.

    He expects every believer to be able to shut it down, on the spot.

  2. mkayla Says:

    2 John 9-11

    Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; 11 for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.

    That’s what I would call “shutting it down on the spot” as you pointed out!


  3. ianvincent Says:

    Thanks M’Kayla.

  4. Mark Finger Says:

    Glad you wrote this, brother.

    I am abiding on this, as it relates to a recent incident among the brethren here …


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