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"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves." - Jesus.

The problem was NOT the evangelistic effort; we should all strive to "compass sea and land."

The problem was NOT a soul converting to God away from idolatry, making "one proselyte."

The problem WAS within their character description, the motive of the heart, going through all that effort, and converting someone to God, only to turn him or her into another Pharisee, another tyrant who would threaten anyone who dared question the agenda (John 9:22, 12:42). This act of selfish ambition is precisely what these Diotrephics do, setting their lair; devouring and isolating their subordinates to make them "twofold more the child of hell" than themselves. They separate and control the narrative, the abusive husband who never allows his wife to be seen or speak without him containing the script. Such intimidation makes it easy for them to give you a false image of who they indeed are, and sadly Facebook can facilitate a platform for their masquerade to take advantage of you and your wallet.

There is a reason faithful congregations are open and public, free and peaceful, not to void privacy but to show our love for one another and proclaim our Lord's work before the people of this community. It is to be transparent, protecting the innocent from gossip and slanderers seeking to tarnish our integrity. We understand the words of our Lord when He said, "I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret." And Paul would know, "For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God's people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers."

You are always more than welcome to reach out and speak to any EastCoast church of Christ member; they are genuine and loving, free in Christ, and equal here. Independent Christians think for themselves. Though the Pharisees may boast of their swelling, claiming to be the "cream of the crop," the humble thank God for growth which sustains us into eternal life with our Lord and Master Jesus Christ. Upon the Day Christ returns, all will know this truth, He is our advocate.

Learn to discern, brethren, wisdom comes in many ways.

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Your servant,
SM

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The Kingdom of His beloved Son

You've fallen asleep comfy in your bed, and a fire started in your house. You wake to panic as you become aware of your surroundings, trapped by a wall of lavalike heat. You find yourself in danger, where smoke and flames threaten your life. Your neighbors were capable of seeing the threat and had since called for help. The firefighters arrive on the scene and immediately find you in your bedroom--time for a rescue. Are you yet seen in a location of satety? No, not yet. There still needs to be a transfer from the site of dakness, smoke, and fire to an area of light, fresh air, and safety. And so the firefighters guide you out of certain death into a secure location. You have now been saved, not without damage, trauma, and loss. But you've gained your life and get to learn fowared another day.

You've become idle in your sinful behavior and practices. You wake to panic as you become aware of your eternal punishment. A neighbor cares for you enough to share Jesus with you. Will you obey the gospel?

The reception of forgivness was the desired result of all who willfully gave their lives to Christ, submissive to His spiritual operation (Col. 2:11-12). Paul, the apostle, speaking to his brethren in Colossae, was accurate in reminding them of their reconciliation. And how the Word of God they had chosen to hear produced fruit for the Kingdom. The Kingdom was God's preplanned location where all found within would have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

A domain needs a King, Christ Jesus. A Kingdom has boundaries, borders, law and order, and justice. This Kingdom is of a peculiar kind, and we should all seek first legal citizenry (Mt. 6:33). His Kingdom is the body, the church (Col. 2:1,18,24). The body for it has organic members all united for the purposed function--the church fo its assembly, it's family. The way in? Being a repentant believer confessing Christ, immersed into water calling on His name, in order to receive the forgiveness of your sins, being added to His Kingdom, local assembly (i.e. "rescued, transferred, redeemed"). 

This good news of Jesus Christ "was proclaimed in all creation" to give humankind a way out of the flames and sinful consequences. And we are wise to hear its call.

Is your house on fire?

Ref. Colossians 2:13-24

Your servant,

SM

 

 

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