Issues that are important for us to examine together, being motivated by love: What is the nature of God, Who Jesus is, What is the Gospel, Ecclesiology, Eschatology, the purpose and calling and priorities of the Bride of Christ, Bible translations/versions, interpreting the plain meaning of scripture, the sovereignty of God and human responsibility, the work of the Holy Spirit, what is true Biblical unity and what are the counterfeits, what are the commandments of God for the people of God since Messiah came, what are disputable matters and how shall we dispute them in love, how shall we be in the world but not of the world, how to warn of deceptions without promoting doom & gloom…
“Some are beginning to see the extremely negative consequences of living every day as if it were our last, as if Christ were coming at any moment. If we are consistent with that view, then it can easily lead to doing very little to change our world, and to do little if any long-range planning. And those who do no long-range planning can never lead.”
Is it legalistic to try to force Christians in your fellowship to celebrate Christmas?
Try the Spirits
“Many tender-minded Christians fear to sin against love by daring to inquire into anything that comes wearing the cloak of Christianity and breathing the name of Jesus. They dare not examine the credentials of the latest prophet to hit their town lest they be guilty of rejecting something which may be of God. . . .This is supposed to indicate a high degree of spirituality. But in sober fact it indicates no such thing. It may indeed be evidence of the absence of the Holy Spirit.
“Gullibility is not synonymous with spirituality. Faith is not a mental habit leading its possessor to open his mouth and swallow everything that has about it the color of the supernatural. Faith keeps its heart open to whatever is of God, and rejects everything that is not of God, however wonderful it may be.
“”Try the spirits” is a command of the Holy Spirit to the church (1 John 4:1). We may sin as certainly by approving the spurious as by rejecting the genuine. . . .To appraise things with a heart of love and then to act on the results is an obligation resting upon every Christian in the world.”
–A.W. Tozer (as quoted by The Berean Call email 8/10/04)