Congregations of Rebuke
Rebuke is loveTo congregate is a skill we must all learn by practicing Pure Religion in Love.
We are supposed to truly love God with all our heart, mind, soul and love our neighbors as much as we love ourselves and we are suppose to love our enemy too.
So we should be able to congregate with a lot of people and learn to be patient with the people who congregate for the wrong reasons or poor reasons or just conflicted reasons.
- "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry." 2 Timothy 4:2-5
Each family is an altar of clay which is to love one another in real ways. If Modern Christians were doing what the first century Church was doing they would be exempt from the new healthcare rules because they would have their own health share system in place. They would not be members of any system of Corban that made the word of God to none effect because they would be living by faith, hope and charity already which is the Corban of Christ and The Way.
- "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God." 1 John 4:7
What you share from one clay altar to another is your business and the business of the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness. If you do it diligently and well then Christ is perfected in you. If you are Slothful in the ways of Righteousness then you should be under tribute. Christ did not come to set the slothful, selfish, uncharitable, ungiving and unforgiving people free.
Those things are the things we must repent of.
- "No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us." 1 John 4:12
Say you help one of the congregants but he seldom shows up to help you or others. You do not have to answer his call when he needs help but may choose to help him or not to help him. These are things you must decide. If one of your congregants is lazy or of little help to others or slothful or missing the mark... Then feel free to tell them...
That is love.
- "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent." Revelation 3:19
If you tell someone with real love and patience in your heart that in your eyes they are falling short of being a good congregant of the kingdom one of two things will happen
He will either hate you or he will love you. But then you will know what you are dealing with.
- "Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee." Proverbs 9:8
Then there is the question of "Did you tell someone with real love and patience in your heart?"
You may need to practice that and if you do not think you were fair you might want to ask them for forgiveness. We all need practice doing that too.
This process is called governing without exercising authority. Being good at this kind of honest love, humble forgiveness and patience is essential in any voluntary society and only voluntary societies are free.
Rebuking takes courage and conviction. A good Christian admires courage and conviction. Bearing witness to what is in your mind and heart with love is the essence of virtue. He who says nothing neither learns anything nor gives anything and the kingdom does not grow. We need to learn by doing instructing one another in the ways of love and truth.
- "Give [instruction] to a wise [man], and he will be yet wiser: teach a just [man], and he will increase in learning." Proverbs 9:9
There is a burden to being a Christian. You must be willing to hear the rebuke of others with forgiveness and love. You must be willing to hear and weigh the truth that others offer in love or not. It is the truth that sets you free.
A congregation is not a "safe space" from the truth. No one should be dividing themselves because they took offense at what is said to them.
Christ's burden is light but it is a burden and each congregant is part of a team that has a job of ministering and evangelizing the whole world in the ways of Christ.
- "And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry." 2 Timothy 4:4-5
What you charitably lay on the living stone of your minister belongs to Christ. It is not a deposit in your congregation to come back to you like the treasury of Herod. it is the result of Christ working in you in service to others. It is held in common by all ministers. At this point much of it will go out through the team work of the congregation of ministers. There should be a regular flow from congregant to ministers and numerous projects should be in place to build the network of congregations.
To look at a congregations or congregations of congregations and not see the Church minister working in union and with self discipline on kingdom projects like Daily ministration, preaching The Way of the kingdom of God and His righteousness and the sacrifice of the Red Heifer is to not see "kingdom". Congregations are not clubs or isolated cells. They are to move with the spirit of Christ who came to serve with no personal benefit. He came to connect the apostles and teach them to work as brothers, sacrificing daily. That is what a congregant should be doing.
So you do not need to remove people from your congregation. You just need to be baptized in love and truth. Truth, honor, love and many other virtues drives way the slothful and the wicked. Patience is sacrifice. It is easy for those who are of a giving spirit like Christ.
Those who do not love the truth will not be able to "Handle the the TRUTH."
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