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of mankind to God, mankind to themselves and mankind to others...
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A word of CAUTION: Biblical peacemaking is very dangerous-
Matthew 5:9-12 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. 10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Matthew 7:1-6 Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye. 6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
When God uncovers the heart of mankind they will either Biblically REPENT or they will do all within their power to DESTROY you! i.e. lies, evil speaking, maliciousness, slander, gossip, false witness, deception, and more in an attempt to hide their unrepentant sins while destroying the peacemaker.
Reproaches of the Wicked:
Peacemaking & Persecution: by Arthur Pink
"Throughout this Gospel dispensation, we are to go into all nations as heralds of the cross, seeking the reconciliation of those who by nature are at enmity with our Master. Second, this grace of peacemaking supplements the six graces mentioned in the previous verses. Perhaps the fact that this is the seventh Beatitude indicates that it was our Lord’s intent to teach that it is this attribute that gives completeness or wholeness to Christian character. We must certainly conclude that it is an unspeakable privilege to be sent forth as ambassadors of peace. Furthermore, those who fancy themselves to be Christians, yet have no interest in the salvation of fellow sinners, are self-deceived. They-possess a defective Christianity, and have no right to expect to share in the blessed inheritance of the children of God. Third, there is a definite link between this matter of our being peacemakers and the persecution to which our Master alludes in verses 10-12. By mentioning these two aspects of Christian character and experience side by side in His discourse, Christ is teaching that the opposition encountered by His disciples in the path of duty is the result of their faithfulness in the service to which they have been called. Thus we may be certain that the peacemaking of our text refers primarily to our being instruments in God’s hands for the purpose of reconciling to Him those who are actively engaged in warfare against Him (cf.John 15:17-27)....
"The world may despise them as fanatics, professors of religion may
regard them as narrow-minded sectarians, and their relatives may look upon
them as fools. But the great God owns them as His children even now, distinguishing
them by tokens of His peculiar regard and causing His Spirit within them
to witness to them that they are sons of God. But in the Day to come, He
will publicly avow His relationship to them in the presence of an assembled
universe. However humble their present situation in life may be, however
despised and misrepresented by their fellow men, they shall yet “shine
forth as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father” (Matthew 13:43).
Then shall transpire the glorious and long-awaited “manifestation of the
sons of God” (Romans 8:19)."
"The Great Gain of Godliness" Banner of Truth Trust email@example.com
Thomas Watson's exposition of Mal. 3:16-18. In it he aims
"to encourage solid piety and confute the atheists of the world,
Who imagine there is no gain in godliness." C.H.S. Spurgeon
(PM:Solid Biblical Truth for Ted Haggard and us all-Walking in the fear of God)
“It is being said that the chief
need of the Church today is to repent because of its ‘lack of unity’…
we would suggest that before she repents of her disunity, she must repent of her apostasy.
She must repent of her perversion of, and substitutes for, ‘the faith once delivered to the saints.’
She must repent of setting up her own thinking and methods over against the divine revelation in Holy Scripture.
Here lies the reason for her lack of spiritual power and inability to deliver a living message in the power of the Holy Ghost
to a world ready to perish.” Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones given at the annual meeting of the Inter-Varsity Fellowship in 1954
Malachi 1:6-10 "A son honors
his father, and a servant his master. If I am a father, where is the honor
If I am a master, where is the respect due me?" says the LORD Almighty. "It is you, O priests, who show contempt for my name.
"But you ask, 'How have we shown contempt for your name?' 7 "You place defiled food on my altar. "But you ask, 'How have we defiled you?' "By saying that the LORD's table is contemptible. 8 When you bring blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong?
When you sacrifice crippled or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor!
Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?" says the LORD Almighty. 9 "Now implore God to be gracious to us. With such offerings from your hands, will he accept you?"-- says the LORD Almighty.
10 "Oh, that one of you would shut
the temple doors, so that you would not light useless fires on my altar!
I am not pleased with you," says the LORD Almighty, "and I will accept
no offering from your hands.
C. H. SPURGEON: Ezekiel 9:8 THE PERSONS WHO ESCAPED, who could each say, “And I was left.” We are told that those were marked for mercy who did “sigh and cry for the abominations that were done in the midst thereof.” Now, we must be very particular about this. It is no word of mine, remember: it is God's word, and therefore I beg you to hear and weigh it for yourselves.
We do not read that the devouring
sword passed by those quiet people who never did anybody any harm: no mention
is made of such an exemption. Neither does the record say that the Lord
saved those professors who were judicious, and maintained a fair name and
repute until death. No; the only people that were saved were those who
were exercised in heart, and that heart-work was of a painful kind: they
sighed and cried because of abounding sin. They saw it, protested against
it, avoided it, and, last of .all, wept over it continually. Where testimony
failed, it remained for them to mourn; retiring from public labors, they
sat them down and sighed their hearts away because of the evils which they
could not cure; and when they felt that sighing alone would do no good,
they took to crying in prayer to God that he would come and put an end
to the dreadful ills which brooded over the land. Click
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founded by Bill Fields in 1983
Biblical Repentance v. More of the same sin
I have just read through your "8 Steps" article
It involves a single woman in her mid-thirties
living on her own that has
She told me that because she has confessed her
sin to God and some people
I'm unclear, based upon your "8 steps", whether
or not if she still needs
Also, I'm not clear on the process of restititution
is or what should be
Your Biblical counsel is much needed and prayerfully sought.
Blessings ______, you are walking the often lonely foot steps of Christ...
Here are the Biblical principles and resultant steps of faith for the True Christian.
Every person within a local church is to be in submission to the oversight and biblical teachings and accounting of that Church's Elders. Heb. 13. for added emphasis
Hebrews 13:17 Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you. NIV
Therefore each party either voluntarily goes with your witness and confesses before their authority or you go without them.
2 Corinthians 7: for added emphasis
2 Corinthians 7:9-12 9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. 10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. 11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.
True repentance is very clear and easy to see and willing to do all possible to not sin again, not cast clouds on Christ, His Body the Church, etc. A degree of reluctance can be normal but will be quickly overcome (the same session) with clear Biblical instruction on this passage. Any further reluctance is grounds to proceed without them.
Crossing state lines, city limits, other congregations does not alter the Biblical truths, on the contrary, it must assure such a confession is made, to all in Biblical authority; therefore her father, her elders, her pastor, his pastor.
I don't care what she/he said or says, if it's not in line with the Scriptures it's a continuation of the heart/flesh sins that led to their abomination. Paul is very clear Godly Sorrow leads to a full clearing of the matter and opens the gates for those in Spiritual authority to assist and keep watch that it's not repeated and brings repute upon Christ's name nor grieves the Holy Spirit.
OK that was the easy part:sigh
The real test for you will likely come upon you by those who profess Christ and sit in the seat of authority who don't know these principles, nor practice them, don't know how to disciple and don't have the time to walk with her/him in their daily walk and keep close watch over them-if that's true then they will turn on you in all manner of ways that upbraids you and your actions. Here's the test of true Godly Leadership-they will first weep at their failure to know and care for these two. They will bless you for following in Christ's instructions. They will repent to he/him of their failure as those who must give an account. They will gird their loins for spiritual battle and ask for your help and prayers.They will confess their own sins before the congregation in their failure of spiritual leadership. They will preach sermons that set forth these spiritual truths and how they will be excercised within their congregation. If she/he is unrepentant they will announce a period of shunning with instrurutions in hopes she/he will repent. Upon Biblical repentance with Godly sorrow they will celebrate the lost sheep's return and make promise to walk worthy of God's calling in their life.
I will tell you, I've never seen this happen.
If her father is a Christian he will follow the above pattern set forth in Scripture. If he is not a Christian, you may explain these teachings and your Christian love and responsibility for her.
You all are in our prayers, remembering our confessions
of failure and thanking God for Christ's witness and the discipline that
hurt for a while that increased our love for our Heavenly Father and gave
new light in to redemption, mercy, grace, to sinners such as we.
Amen and Amen
BUSINESS VS MINISTRY/CHURCH
First Contact Email:
I got one email address from your website, the other from Dave Treadwell’s email below. Here is an outline of the issue. Hopefully it will help a potential facilitator understand before s/he calls me.
XYZ has been on Light of Life’s staff for XX years. He’s held many positions and was an important steadying influence in the midst of some chaotic times. When I arrived in YYYY, he was serving as XXXXX and held that position until YYYY, when I hired a new BBBBB and XYZ moved to a newly created position of RRRRRRR..
At that time, we both understood that it was a temporary position, though neither of us set any dates. Last summer I started to share with XYZ that the work assigned him was winding down, and that we had to start talking about his transition out of Light of Life. Last YYYY we agreed that he would resign on YY/YY/YY, but that he would not have to work after YY/YY/YY (he would be paid for YY, YY and YY without showing up). This agreement took the form of a letter of resignation from him requesting the 3 months of pay without work and my letter to him agreeing to the request.
Now his wife is pressing him to demand 9 month’s severance (to start YY/YY/YY) because he is being pushed out. QUE (a former staff member herself) is telling him they (both of them) have sacrificed too much for too long. I asked XYZ if we would be having this conversation if he already had a job lined up. He said we absolutely would. For QUE, it is a matter of principle, though I’m sure it’s also a matter of security.
I’ve told him he has put me in a difficult position. This should have been dealt with last YY when we negotiated the separation. If there are any changes, we now have to write legal documents that speak of “full and final agreement”.
I could simply say no—we have an agreement in writing. I did not lay him off, saying there was no longer a need for a XXXXX, because I wanted to offer him the chance to leave “on his own terms”. The risk of saying no is the problems we could have with other long-term staff, some of whom still feel I’m cleaning house…and they will be next.
I could agree to the request. But I could have sent him on his way with a one year severance when I found a new BBBB. It would have cost the Mission less if it had been handled that way. But, I didn’t do so to save XYZ the embarrassment of being let go harshly after all those years of service. Furthermore, I’m concerned about setting precedence—negotiating twice at separation—or other long term staff members offering to resign in exchange for severance.
I want to do the “right thing” and let God handle the consequences. But I’m not sure what the right thing is.
David G. Bugher
I am the Light of the world...
From: David Treadwell
Greetings. Our sister mission in Pittsburg,
Light of Life Mission, is looking for assistance with a Christian conciliation
effort in the personnel/employment field. Could you please recommend one
or more facilitators they can contact for assistance? I’ve shared
our positive experiences with Ron Zabel and believe this is a situation
where conciliation has a great opportunity for the parties to honor the
The contact is Executive Director David Bugher, email above, (412) 258-6150. Thanks and blessings, Dave
David O. Treadwell
Please forward XYZ's full name, email address and phone number..thank you, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact information XYZ was received:
I have not heard back from XYZ...so I will speak to you in terms of what came to mind in the values I hear in your information and desire. Only God knows what you are saying, I'm sharing from who I've been and heard in all my years of ministry, corporate turn around professional, managing ministries and secular business. I can not speak to the details specific to your immediate situation.
1. You are a ministry NOT a business. Your question
is a business choice.
you are all in my prayers, bill fields
Rather than continue one-way communication by responding to your email, I would like to talk. Would you be willing to call my cell (xxx-xxx-xxxx) or give me a number I can call? Two-way communication is always better…especially in this case.
If we talk one to one the rules are I will only talk about you and the Biblical application to you. Otherwise it's with witnesses. Please let me know if this is acceptable, bill
i agree not to talk about the specific case.
I may have read a lot into your last email that you did not intend. It seemed to me that you drew many conclusions based on many assumptions. You said you “could not speak to the details specific to our immediate situation”, but then did exactly that. Maybe I misunderstood your intentions. My concern, based on the above, is whether Peacemakers would be of any help in this circumstance.
David G. Bugher
Yes, that's why we have witnesses. As to whether I'm able to help you, it seems the answer is no. My intention was to state to you what is very common in what calls itself "ministry." Your presentation is classic. I presented God's Word and the heart of Godly ministry and you didn't seem to hear it. If XYZ ever contacts me I will do the same with his side of the table. Let me explain the Biblical definition of Peacemaking, it's the establishment or re-establishment of Godliness. I'm not interviewing for a job-I don't care if you hire me or not-I care I present Godliness and how God expects Christians to behave-how did you miss that? How did you possibly read into my response anything more? And remember, I spoke to the details you presented on your side of the table-how does that raise your concerns?
This last email confirms that I will not talk with you nor anyone else without witnesses, you're in my prayers, bill
LAST COMMUNICATION. to date:
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The materials on this site are historical Church doctrines and sermons defining a true Christian from the false; defining the
Godliness of true Christians from the ungodly in order to evangelize the lost, build up the believer and reclaim/restore the
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L. R. Shelton
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Pastor Elder Deacon & Church Leadership Training & Helps
"Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican." Matthew 18:15-17
Rev. Paul Crouch, Trinity Broadcast Network:
It was disturbing to read the homosexual accusation against Rev. Paul Crouch of Trinity Broadcasting Network! What I find even more troublesome is that TBN paid about $425,000 contributor's gifts-God's money-to the accuser rather than bringing the matter before a Church council or even the secular courts. TBN used the weapons of this world and did not trusts God for HIS justice. Even more disquieting are the number of people-mostly religious leaders, who, without a Biblical judgment from a Biblical forum, e.g. Church Discipline, came to Rev. Crouch's defense, as though Rev. Jim Bakker, Rev. Jimmy Swaggart, among others, haven't fooled them before. Evangelical Christians need to realize we are to exercise God's principles of dealing with these issues in a Godly, holy process, and render a Godly judgment according to Matthew 18. Stop defrauding! Stop the Stealing! Stop the gossiping! Stop circling the wagons and get back to God's righteousness and faithful living. What arrogance we have when we take these matters into our own hands, leaving God's ways and HIS will.
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