Maintenance and Advancement

We walk a fine line: while Paul accepts that some have a weaker conscience and a weaker faith and thereby feel they need to observe or do things which the church, under the Apostles, did not observe – things which are not the express will of the Holy Spirit, then, yes, we need to accommodate them where they are at and not conflict with their convictions. While on the other hand, while being sensitive to where people are at, it is also pleasing to God if by wisdom we can exhort them toward a greater revelation of Jesus, and in the light of His glory see all the things which are only shadows of Him. So, there are two elements: maintaining peace, and exhorting to take higher ground – maintenance and advancement.

One Response to “Maintenance and Advancement”

  1. ian vincent Says:

    From FB:

    Re: “doing things” : I’m not referring to secular things like playing golf, i’m referring to spiritual principles and practices: if modern Christians follow spiritual practices for the church of which the Holy Spirit did not lead the original church to do, we could safely assume that the same Holy Spirit has not changed His mind these days.

    If observing a Jewish holy day is done out of a good conscience and not under the law then we don’t judge it as sin. Paul would exhort all to be led by the Spirit. With the issue of “I want to do it” God gives us leeway, as He wants people who serve Him out of love, not under a legal obligation, and yet He will bring us to a place where it’s no longer about “what I want to do”, but a revelation of what He wants.

    Taking into account all that Paul said on the matter it is clear that observing Jewish days etc. is not God’s perfect will, but it is not sin if it is done with a good conscience. Exhorting believers toward God’s perfect will does not assume you are condemning them for being in His permissive will, or that you are making yourself superior. Such logic would be nonsense.

    The same goes with much that goes on in the evangelical church, it falls under God’s permissive will. But they may not appreciate being exhorted toward God’s perfect will. It may offend. Even if we teach the NT pattern with all humility some of them will accuse us of spiritual elitism or pride.

    The pressure on teachers or pastors is to not teach the NT pattern lest it offend – a sort of passive acceptance of the lowest common denominator rather than exhorting toward a higher life.

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