BIBLICAL DISCIPLINE

28. August, 2014IAM InternationalNo comments

 Hebrews Chapter 12 deals with God’s correction
of His sons, which is mandatory for all to heed unless we want to become
“: bastards”. ( 12 is the number of judgment ) God’s discipline is
profitable for those who receive it. God’s Word is  profitable for discipline in obedience
according to 2 Tim. 3: 16 + 17 Amp. Church discipline is mandatory for straying
saints, when they disobey, because if sin is not dealt with, it shall increase
to more and more ungodliness, infecting many more people. When a leader becomes
involved in deception, he disqualifies himself from leadership. See
qualifications for leadership in I Tim. 3 and Titus 1: 5- 15. All of us are to
be subject to God’s appointed leaders over us, as they follow the Lord and His
Word. If we are in trouble we must seek Godly counsel from those whose house is
in order. If our house is in disarray, we must step out of leadership, until
healing and deliverance occurs, and what is in error is corrected. When people
swerve from a good conscience and still desire to be teachers, they’re the
blind leading the blind and they are on the way to shipwreck!  ( I Tim. 1; 5- 7, 18- 20 , 4: 1 + 2 ; Titus
1: 10- 15 )  Jesus says in Rev. 3: 19,
” As ,many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Be zealous then and
repent!” Prov. 3: 11+ 12 says , ” My son, despise not the chastening
of the Lord, neither be weary of His correction, For whom the Lord loves He
corrects; even as a father the son in whom He delights.”  See also Prov. 24: 24 + 25 for the blessing
you receive when you rebuke error.

What is our part as Godly leaders when we see someone in danger? We are to preach the Word to
them…reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. The
Amplified of II Tim. 2 says  whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable, convenient or
inconvenient, welcome or unwelcome- you as preacher of the Word are to show
people in what way their life is wrong.”  The next verse speaks of many who will turn away and go to teachers that
are chosen to satisfy their own liking to foster the errors that they hold.
Therefore we must all be speaking the same thing- what the Word says about
situations, speaking the Truth in love- not compromising it because of personal
alliances. or soulish emotions or fear of man or desire for popularity We know
that these are the Last Days when people will want to do their own thing ( II
Tim.3: 1- 9 ). These verses instruct us to turn away from people who are truce-
breakers, who love pleasures more than God. Verse 13 warns that evil men and
seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. So our order
of process is to first give someone the Word on the area of need. If they
continue in their behavior, we are then to release them and cut off association
with them ( no matter how we personally feel ). This is the true love of God,
not  ” sloppy agape”- a fake worldly view of ” Oh brother, we need to love and coddle them. Maybe they’ll
wake up. It’s not so bad. Everything will be alright.” Everything will NOT
be alright if  WE are not doing what the
Word says ourselves, and we are enabling sin in the camp! See what happened in
Joshua Chapter 7 when Achan disobeyed God. The entire company of God’s people
could no longer win any battles until the sin was uncovered and atoned for.
God’s leaders must be strong and bold to declare God’s will and way if we
expect to win our battles! Otherwise we ourselves will be removed from
kingship. See Saul in I Sam. 13: 13 + 14 and 15: 22- 26. Hello. God’s promises
and prophecies are conditional , hinging upon whether we will obey Him or not. No
one is irreplaceable. We are only leaders as we follow the lead of the Holy
Spirit and the Holy Word. Pride comes before and fall and the fear of man
brings a snare.

The leaders of IAM International must make a Covenant with the Lord this day to stand together
on the Truth of the Bible and obey it. Two cannot walk together unless there is
agreement. In our own personal lives and for the sake of the people following
us, we have to address areas of known sin. If people will not hear
admonition,  Titus 3: 10 tells us to
reject the one in error where there is no repentance and change of
behavior.  Eph. 4: 15- 27 and 5: 3- 17 make this abundantly clear. Don’t let anyone deceive you. Have no fellowship
with unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Don’t be partakers
with them. It is unacceptable to the Lord if people are ignoring Him and going
the wrong way. He loves them, so He gives us guidelines to hopefully bring them
to their senses, by separating ourselves from them. He loves the person but hates
the sin. His discipline is always for the purpose of redemption, not
punishment. But if we who are spiritual are seeming to support the wrong
behavior by continuing to fellowship with them,
we become party to their sins. When we cease from fellowship, the goal
is that they would be ashamed and repent so they can get help and be restored. (
2 Thess. 3: 6- + 14 ). Paul’s command is to withdraw yourself from the
unrepentant one!   Back in Eph. 5, St. Paul follows these verses
with a portrait of Jesus and the Bride of which marriage is a symbol. In this
age of permissiveness, there are many who are deceived into easy divorces and
worldly relationships. But God hates divorce! He is the Lord Who changes not! Jesus
says, ” What God has joined together, let not man put asunder!” Paul
writes that we should not separate from nor put away pour covenant marriage
partners. in I Cor. 7: 10 + 11 + 27. This chapter follows  chapters 5 and 6, which address not keeping
company with those involved in various types of sin. ” Put away from among
yourselves that wicked person.” Why? Because a little leaven leavens the whole lump. And we are to be
judges of those within the church, not allowing the Bride,  Whom Jesus loves and died for, to be defiled.
God wants strong families, strong churches and strong leaders who rightly
divide the Word of God and who are not ashamed of Him and His Words. We must be
bold and courageous in this hour of increasing deception upon the Church. We
must tell our followers the whole counsel of God and not just feed them “dessert”
scriptures; otherwise they will be unhealthy! Teach them to judge themselves,
so they won’t be sickly and die early. Sure, you may not have the largest
church- but at least you will have a church which is going to heaven. We must
give an account for our people before the Lord and teachers have a far greater
responsibility and incur more serious condemnation ( James  3: 1 ), if we don’t tell others the truth and
do it ourselves, following the scriptural pattern of Biblical discipline. Jesus
talks about this in .Math. 18: 15- 17. Are we wiser than Jesus?

Nobody is happy about this need for Bible
discipline, except for those who have been taught thoroughly the benefits of
doing things God’s way. One person in rebellion can affect adversely many
others, if we don’t nip sin in the bud. To delay is only to invite further
confusion and infection. What we compromise to keep, we will ultimately lose.
Those we oversee are not ours- they belong to God- so we must follow the rule
book in order to be good undershepherds. We cannot be yoked with unbelievers (
those resisting God’s Word ). We are to come out from among them and be
separate ( I Cor. 6: 14- 18 ), if we want to be true sons and daughters of God.
Peter also wrote a severe warning in II Pet. 3: 17 + 18.  Beware! Church splits occur when people side
with fleshly things instead of what God says. Our job is to be faithful to
Jesus and help others stay on the right path. Are we to try to reconcile the
errant one? Yes, according to James 5: 20 and II Tim. 2: 24- 26. But if they
continue on their wayward path, ignoring instruction- we must tell it to the
Church,  rebuking sin-  so others can learn the fear of the Lord. ( I
Tim. 5: 20 ) It’s NOT OK with God if we are cowardly. He wants us to hate sin,
and love and obey Him!

 

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