How Would YOU Know?

The Central Issue: Evil comes as light and light comes as light: There are apostles and false apostles; teachers and false teachers; prophets and false prophets, all claiming to be ministers of righteousness, (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). Church leaders said Jesus Christ was Satan, Christ says his followers will be slandered the same way, (Matthew 10:25). Good works are either good or bad, (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). The Church has true believers and false believers, (Matthew 13:25-30). Children wrongly project responsibility on parents, and parents blame their children, (Ezekiel 18). Family, claiming they're serving Christ, will persecute family, and family will Biblically confront erring family, while claiming - they - are serving Christ, (Matthew 10:16-22 and Matthew 18:15-18). Doctrinally right Churches can be true or false (Revelation 2:1-5) Professing believers will appear Godly-some are, but others are not, ( 2 Timothy 3:1-9). Some Spirits are of God and others are of Satan (1 John 4:1)

How would/could/should you know the truth?

Biblical Boundaries: Only God knows the secrets of the anyone's heart, (Psalms 44:21) Man's sight is limited to contrasting the fruit of the flesh versus the fruit of the Spirit evidenced in a person's life, (Galatians 5). True believers are called to discern good and evil, taking heed that no one deceives, (Matthew 24:4 & 2 Peter 1). This responsibility, inherent in maturing in Jesus Christ, includes using God's Word, manifested in Christ Jesus, The Holy Spirit and the Holy Bible, to examine (1 Corinthians 11:28 & 2 Corinthians 13:5), assess, (Matthew 7:1-6), search, (Psalms 139:23), test (1 John 4:1) judge (1 Corinthians 5:12-13) and observe their perceived world, e.g. their own life and those professing Christ, in order to restore the fallen, and encourage others to good works, as well as call the lost to Jesus Christ. This spiritual exercise includes one's own efforts and the cooperation of other members of Christ's Body, including gifts brought to bear through brothers and sisters in CHRIST.

CONSIDER THIS... If you were to ask Satan (not even the angels would) if he believed Jesus Christ was the Son of God come in the flesh, born of a Virgin, died on the cross for our sins, was raised on the third day and now sits on the right hand of God... he would say yes. But that doesn't make Satan a Christian. Satan can/does/allows individuals to believe/admit/know God's truth--he just doesn't want them to live it. Satan encourages individuals to blind themselves with religion, wonderful worship and spiritual experiences, and good works -- all to their destruction. (Isaiah 29:13) If individuals can heal the sick, cure the blind and raise people from the dead, and Christ says--"I never knew you." ( Matthew 7:22-23) How are we to know good from evil? What are we to do with this reality? Can you speak so that millions are changed? Do you understand all the mysteries and depths of knowledge? Can you think and a mountain moves? Have you surrendered all and given even your own body for another? (1 Corinthians 13:1-3) And even if you do this--without love-- it's nothing.

THE QUESTIONS: By which "light" have you come to believe--you're a Christian? By which "light" do you live as a Christian? Search God's Word for the answers, by HIS grace and mercy, HE will teach you these truths. (Isaiah 30:20-23) Remember, "...Fear not: you have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. (1 Samuel 12:20)

In this spirit I often wrestle with knowing the difference between good and evil -- in my life and others -- to encourage the faithful and invite the faithless, (Matthew 7:1-6 & Galatians 6:1-5). I offer these thoughts as one who sees through a glass, darkly (1 Corinthians 13:12)...I will add pairings, and scripture as time permits...

How would you know good and evil in these pairings...

Do you have some contrasts of good and evil? If you email me your suggestions and comments I will consider them for inclusion-thanks!
E-mail suggestions and comments to: Bill Fields

How to act when interacting with...

  1. Non-believer-aggressively rejects Gospel-pray, and do good for them.
  2. Non-believer-indifferent to Gospel-pray, do good for them, and share Gospel.
  3. Non-believer-curious about God/Christian-pray, do good for them, share Gospel and share life.
  4. New-believer-pray, do good for them, share Gospel, share life, to make disciple and share God's mysteries.
  5. Immature-believer-pray, do good for them, share Gospel, share life, to make disciple and share God's mysteries, share meat of God's Word, listen for God's mystery in their life.
  6. Immature-believer-doubting,-pray, do good for them, share Gospel, share life, to make disciple and share God's mystery, share meat of God's Word listen for God's mystery in their life and patience.
  7. Immature-believer-aggressively resisting-pray and remain silent until evidence of growth or need for Church Discipline.
  8. Immature-believer-posing as mature-aggressively resisting-pray, suspend position of service, and begin Church Discipline.
  9. Appears as a Form of Godliness-posing as mature-stubbornly refusing the church over extended period: declare to church and shun.
  10. Appears as a Form of Godliness-posing as mature-stubbornly refusing the church over extended period, does not repent during shuning, treat as non-believer, begin evangelizing.
  11. Mature-believer-enjoy the fruit of God's Spirit's leading/teaching/growing with mutual confession/repentance/restoration/ministry, and encouragement to more good deeds, etc.
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