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    1Timothy115

    THE DANGER OF STANDARDS

    Yes, the standard for all of us, who would strive to hit the target is Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14
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    1Timothy115

    THE DANGER OF STANDARDS

    I had to attend a public school in the 70's, I understand that I'm ancient. I had a strict teacher who required I behave and perform in certain ways or I would have problems before and after I graduate. She taught me to listen, complete assignments, and regard others appropriately. Sadly, I ignored much of her requirements and ended up quitting school to join the U.S. Navy. She told me before I left that one day I would be back. I had scored very well on my Navy entrance exams and was permitted to choose aviation electronics for my career field. Again, sadly my performance in public school hindered my performance in Naval electronics school. I was able to pass my Naval training with a lot of extra study and effort after applying those behaviors and performance standards prescribed by that high school teacher. While in the Navy I attended an IFB church in Va. and was saved under that pastor's preaching. I went on to retire from the Navy. After retirement I completed a bachelor's degree program I had started on active duty. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from a liberal university. Until I used the standards to behave and perform the way my high school teacher taught me I had difficulty. I had to listen to hear faith + nothing to be saved, I learned to listen to Navy instructors to achieve, I learned to conduct myself in a certain manner to be accepted and have cooperation. The laws of my teacher were invaluable for me to be successful in all endeavors and most importantly in hearing the truth of God. I'm thankful for my schoolmaster. 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matthew 22:37-40
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    HappyChristian

    The beauty of creation

    I took this picture with my cell phone. It was cloudy today, a bit. The mountains around here are beautiful, no matter if the sun is shining or not.
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    Pastor Scott Markle

    THE DANGER OF STANDARDS

    Here is something else to ponder -- Is there a New Testament "law" for which the New Testament believer is responsible before the Lord our God? What I mean is this -- Without considering any part of the Old Testament Scriptures at all, does the New Testament record any number of commands, statutes, precepts, requirements, standards of righteousness and holiness, for the New Testament believer to obey in order to walk aright with the Lord our God? (Note: Having actually done a study through the New Testament Scriptures on just the "command statements" of the New Testament, I would contend that there are upwards to 300+ such commands, statutes, precepts, requirements, standards of righteousness and holiness for the New Testament believer to obey in order to walk aright with the Lord our God.)
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    Pastor Scott Markle

    THE DANGER OF STANDARDS

    Here is something to ponder -- 1. The character of God's Law is holy. Thus it is in perfect unity with the perfect holiness of the Lord our God. 2. The character of God's Spirit is holy. Thus he is in perfect unity with the perfect holiness of the Lord our God. 3. If by character God's Law directs us in a perfect standard of holiness, and if by character God's Spirit directs us in a perfect standard of holiness, in what manner does God's Law and God's Spirit contradict each other?
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    Pastor Scott Markle

    THE DANGER OF STANDARDS

    This subject is so easily complicated because so many things are either mis-defined or mis-combined. For an example of mis-defined -- With some the Law of God now seems to referenced as if it were a "bad thing." Yet the New Testament Scriptures clearly teach that the Law of God is holy, and that the commandments of God's Law are "holy, and just , and good." (See Romans 7:12) For an example of mis-combined -- With some the commandments of men are sometimes referenced as if they were the Law of God. Yet our Lord Jesus Christ clearly taught that following after the commandments of men can cause our religious walk to be spiritual vanity. (See Matthew 15:9) For another example of mis-defined -- With some the New Testament truth that we have freedom in Christ is employed to teach that we may now do whatever we desire. Yet the New Testament Scriptures clearly teach that our liberty in Christ is NEVER to be used for an occasion to our selfish flesh. (See Galatians 5:13) For another example of mis-combined -- With some the New Testament truth that we are to walk after the Spirit, not under the Law, is employed to teach that the righteousness of the God's Law no longer matters in our Christian lives. Yet the New Testament Scriptures clearly teach that walking after the Holy Spirit will LEAD us to fulfill the righteousness of God's Law. (See Romans 8:4) So then, do the commands of God matter for the New Testament believer? Most certainly! For we can only walk in loving fellowship with the Lord our God AS we walk in obedience to His commandments. (See John 15:9-11) (Note: Not ALL of the Old Testament commandments are applicable unto the New Testament believer. Some ARE, while others are NOT. Biblical and Spirit-filled discernment is definitely required in this matter.)
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    2bLikeJesus

    THE DANGER OF STANDARDS

    I posted this before but in 2014, so I will post it again in response. I Posted June 24, 2014 I was out soul winning, door knocking in the area when someone who answered the door stated "I have heard of your church, you guys are the one's with all those rules." I looked at him genuinely confused and said "we don't have ANY rules." He said, "then why do you guys dress so different, and you don't drink, go dancing, go to movie theaters, or party like normal folks, and you go to church like several times a week?" I told him it's because of a love for God and what he has done for us. We find principles in His word that indicates what would be most pleasing to Him and out of love we do all we can to please Him. You don't have to do ANY of those things to attend our church, that would make them rules that must be followed. You don't need to follow any of those things to be saved either and on your way to heaven. I then got the chance to explain a non-works salvation to him. A person who needs rules, doesn't understand principles. Galatians 5:18 (KJV) 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. If you are truly led of the Spirit, the Spirit will NEVER lead you to do anything that is contrary to God's will and Word, there is no need for the law. Rules are neccesary for a heart away from God. Galatians 3:19a (KJV) 19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions 1 Corinthians 6:12 (KJV) 12 All things are lawful unto me [the Law], but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any [the Principle]. 1 Corinthians 10:23 (KJV) 23 All things are lawful for me [the Law], but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not [the Principle]. The law makes nothing perfect. Hebrews 7:19 (KJV) 19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God. The law was not made for righteous men. 1 Timothy 1:8-10 (KJV) 8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; 9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disOBedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; Galatians 3:24 (KJV) 24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. So many people, especially IFB's who have been raised since children in an IFB church, have no idea WHY we have the standards we do. Until they understand that a standard is simply a self-imposed boundary set to help us keep a conviction that was formed by understanding a principle from God's word. You first find a principle in God's word, and from that principle you form a conviction, and then a standard is set by yourself to help you keep that conviction. Because of this, some standards are entirely yours alone. For instance, I will not allow myself to own a boat. There is absolutely nothing wrong or sinful about boat ownership, but for me, outdoor recreation is a huge draw and I am weak enough to it ( "I will not be brought under the power of any"), that my ministry for God is hurt by it. Until people have standards put IN them by understanding the principles behind them, instead of ON them because "that's just the way we do things" they will never have them for their own and it is easy for them to backslide as soon as they are out of the house. Bro. Garry In His will. By His power. For His glory.


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