We won’t always agree, an Amish proverb, and the Lord’s instruction


Someone once told me that it is wrong for Christians to “agree to disagree” on doctrine of any kind – that God’s Word should be perfectly clear to His children on everything because the Spirit of God is leading us and will bring all of us to the same conclusions.

But I know that we’re going to disagree, though never on the Gospel. Certainly, we shouldn’t go looking for a fight – I’ve been guilty of this – and shouldn’t avoid Christians who disagree with us unless we’ve seen that there can be no peace yet. Sometimes we will be able to talk about our differences – though disagreeing is almost always unpleasant because we want to be like-minded. And sometimes we should avoid certain topics, period. I used to think those topics necessarily included 1) the events of the End of the Age and 2) the doctrine of election. But we can discuss these if we remember that we’re brothers and sisters and Jesus comes first for all of us.


This proverb is powerful as a warning but it falls short. For the message of the Gospel is that there is forgiveness because of Jesus Christ both with God and between His children. 

 

“An unkind remark is like a killing frost—

no matter how much it warms up, the damage is already done.”

Amish Proverbs, Suzanne Woods Fisher, Revell, 2012, p. 67


Matthew 18:21-22

21 Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus *said to him, I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.


 

Quote of the day – Fleeing the City of Destruction


Luke 17:24,30-33

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24 For just like the lightning, when it flashes out of one part of the sky, shines to the other part of the sky, so will the Son of Man be in His day. . .

30 It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day, the one who is on the housetop and whose goods are in the house must not go down to take them out; and likewise the one who is in the field must not turn back. 32 Remember Lot’s wife. 33 Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.

1 John 2:15-17

15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.

2 Corinthians 13:5

Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?


 

Thoughts

According to his short work “Fleeing Out of Sodom,” Jonathan Edwards saw Sodom and its utter destruction as a type for this age and its impending judgment.

Reading his words was convicting. Yes, I believe God’s Word, which declares:

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 

Ephesians 2

Knowing this, I avoid certain kinds of reading, but also knowing that we’re to examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith, I read Edwards’ work. Puritans didn’t soft-peddle things, and Edwards has been called “the last Puritan.” His words strongly motivated me to examine myself again to learn whether like Lot’s wife I’m looking back to and longing for this earthly city and its things.

Something noteworthy happened yesterday. While half-asleep, we were startled by the doorbell and Greta’s barking. I wasn’t prepared for visitors and in light of my reading this sudden jolt reminded me that we do not know how long we have to live nor the day or the hour of the Lord’s Return (Mark 13:32).

Let’s take this to heart. I believe that many of my readers already do.

(I used the title “Fleeing the City of Destruction” because of Bunyan’s use of this in Pilgrim’s Progress.)


“. . . there is no place of safety in Sodom, nor in all the plain on which Sodom is built. The mountain of safety is before us, and not behind us.”

Jonathan Edwards

Fleeing Out of Sodom

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Chapel Library


For more about Jonathan Edwards, please go to Theopedia.


Psalm 119:37-40

37 Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity,
And revive me in Your ways.
38 Establish Your word to Your servant,
As that which produces reverence for You.
39 Turn away my reproach which I dread,
For Your ordinances are good.
40 Behold, I long for Your precepts;
Revive me through Your righteousness.


 

Thankful Thoughts

A truly worthy thought! Thank you, Maureen!

Still They Speak

“Thankful thoughts are well deserving your high encouragement. Get a cage full of these birds of paradise, and let them fly about in the groves of your soul, and sing there at all times. There is no better companion than cheerful gratitude. If a man can but see the mercy of God in everything, instead of looking always at the black side of the picture, he will be happy indeed. The fruit of thankful thoughts will be summer in his soul, even when the winds of winter rage outside. Cultivate thankful thoughts as you cultivate sweet flowers in your garden.” –Charles Spurgeon “Sermons” Vol. 9 p. 170

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The Evangelical Apostasy of the Present Day – Richard Bennett


Jude

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The Warnings of History to the Ungodly

Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James,

To those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ: May mercy and peace and love be multiplied to you.

Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand  marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn  the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.