To all in the Church, beloved of God, called to be Saints. Grace to you and peace from God our Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
I know that all Born Again Christians will welcome this message. People say in the world that bad news travels faster than good news. People love gossip, and a chance to condemn another, but this should never enter into the Christian Church (Body). We read in 1 John 2 verses 15 to 17 (KJV):
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.."
The world, meaning in this scripture: the human race that is separated from Christ and indifferent to God. The cravings of sinful man, the lust of the flesh, the vanity of life! As Saints of God, we should never conform to any of the ways of the world. We read in Ephesians 2 verses 1 to 5 (AMP):
"And YOU [He made alive], when you were dead (slain) by [your] trespasses and sins. In which at one time you walked [habitually]. You were following the course and fashion of this world [were under the sway of the tendency of this present age], following the prince of the power of the air. [You were obedient to and under the control of] the [demon] spirit that still constantly works in the sons of disobedience [the careless, the rebellious, and the unbelieving, who go against the purposes of God]. Among these we as well as you once lived and conducted ourselves in the passions of our flesh [our behavior governed by our corrupt and sensual nature], obeying the impulses of the flesh and the thoughts of the mind [our cravings dictated by our senses and our dark imaginings]. We were then by nature children of [God's] wrath and heirs of [His] indignation, like the rest of mankind. But God -so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us, Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favour and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgement and made partakers of Christ's salvation)."
God's word tells us "We know that we have passed from DEATH to LIFE, because we love our brothers..." 1 John 3:14 (NIV).
There should never be any gossip, tale-baring or judging within the body of Christ (The Church), but, I am sorry to say that there is. Over the last Forty years I have received many letters from all over the world from those seeking help and greater faith in Christ. Many Christians are being destroyed by the tongue. "Likewise THE TONGUE is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. THE TONGUE ALSO IS A FIRE, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It CORRUPTS THE WHOLE PERSON, sets the whole course of his life on fire, AND IS ITSELF SET ON FIRE BY HELL. All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, BUT NO MAN CAN TAME THE TONGUE. IT IS A RESTLESS EVIL, FULL OF DEADLY POISON." James 3:5-8 (NIV).
Let us take heed, that we do not sin with our tongue.
George said to Jean, "I do not think Rev. Jones is in God's will, do you Jean?"
Firstly, George is sinning by judging Rev. Jones, and setting himself up as God. Secondly, he is tempting Jean to do the same. If you cannot say anything nice, about your Minister, your Brother or Sister, then it is better you say nothing! Let your conversation be yea & nay. Don't get confused with the tongue, that is set on fire by hell, with true spiritual discernment, there is a very big difference! The difference between life and death, Spirit and flesh. BEWARE of the whispering voice of Satan, who seeks to cause divisions using THE TONGUE, often using a small amount of truth, then building a big lie around it! God has called us as Christians to a SANCTIFIED LIFE, a holy life..
"Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be." James 3:10 (KJV).
A holy life is a wonderful, beautiful, healthy life! By God's grace alone, we all can lead a sanctified life. Praying without ceasing, reading God's word and acting upon it, meditating, testifying of His grace to others, forgiving as He has forgiven us, loving as He loves us.
Written By Rev. Arthur J. Milton