Posted on this site 27th march 2007
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TOPIC: FOUR BASIC PRINCIPLES OF CHURCH EDIFICATION
TEXT: 1Cor 14: 1 – 6. Part 10
TRUE TEACHINGS PRODUCE CHANGES,
FALSE TEACHINGS TAKE AWAY FROM CHRIST
by David Ogaga
“Put love first; but there are other gifts of the
Spirit at which you should aim also, and above all …. Prophecy … What good
shall I do you unless what I SAY contains something by way of revelation, or
enlightenment, or prophecy, or INSTRUCTIONS?
“Moses therefore wrote this song the same day, and
TAUGHT it to the children of
“And He (Jesus) arose from thence, and cometh into the
coasts of Judea by the farther side of
The two Scriptures above explained the major principles with
which the two Apostles of the two covenants communicated the divine will of God
to the people they called to head and to have the
TRUE TEACHERS PRODUCE CHANGES
In Eph 4: 17 – 24 we are told: “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind. Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ; if so be that ye have heard Him and have been TAUGHT by Him, as the truth is in Jesus. That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” KJV. The above passage tells us that those who have been properly taught have a change of attitude about life. In other words, for you to depart from the old life, certain basic things have to be explained to you; and you must properly comprehend those facts. That is to say practical change about life and your faith or what is called Christianity cannot come until certain things are properly made known to you. I really like the way the Amplified Translation puts Verse 23: “And be constantly renewed in the Spirit of you mind – having a fresh mental and Spiritual attitude”. And this agrees with the definition of the renewing of the Spirit of your mind. The word “Spirit” (Pneuma in Greek) means in this context, “Mental disposition, the rational soul”. Rational here is based on clear, practical or scientific reasons; that which is sensible to make decisions based on intelligent thinking rather than on emotions
So we see that the teaching ministry will bring you to a place of practical application of wisdom to your daily life and Living. By implication it matures you both in thought and reasoning. Look at the way Paul puts it: “when I was a child, I talked like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I stopped those childish ways” (1Cor 13: 11) NCV. Therefore we must admit that some of our Christian activities and attitude are still very childish because we lack proper spiritual education. So we are just zealous for nothing as a result of immaturity, as a result of wrong foundational teachings that result in the unskillfulness of the word of God.
THE WEAKNESS OF THE CHURCH TODAY
In 2 Tim 4: 2-4, Paul told Timothy: “preach the Good News,
Be ready at all times, and tell people what they need to do. Tell them when
they are wrong. Encourage them with great patience and careful teaching. Because
the time will come when people will not listen to the true teaching but
will find many more teachers who please them by saying the things they want to
hear. They will stop listening to the truth and will begin to follow
false stories” NCV. So the greatest problem of the
IS IT POSSIBLE TO BE DECEIVED LISTENING TO THESE KIND OF TEACHERS ABOVE?
“You seem so gullible, you believe whatever anyone tells you even if he is preaching about another Jesus than the one we preach or a different spirit than the Holy Spirit you received, or shows you a different way to be saved. You swallowed it all” 2Cor 11: 4 TLB
“Preaching about another Jesus” What does that mean? Look at it as to the announcement of the birth of Christ, the word says: “She (Mary) will bear a son, and you will call His Name JESUS (in Hebrew it means saviour) for he will save His people from their sins (that is, prevent their falling and missing the true end and scope of life which is God)” Math 1: 21 AMP. Friends, this is very significant. The true Gospel is that which prevents men from failing in God’s expectation of and for men in relation to the sin question; that they might live a righteous life so that ultimately they might live as God lives. In other words, if God were to be in a human form, living among men what will He do or how will His life affect others? What will His attitude or character be like? This then is the Goal of man kind, to be as God. Therefore any preaching or Teaching that cannot make you more Godly, and as such prevent you from constant sinning is another Gospel. Any Gospel that emphasizes ceremonies and Christian rituals, even celebrations, instead of targeting the recovery of our souls from mental corruption and heart darkness is another Gospel. Any teaching that emphasizes more of materialism, which is sensual, and the fear of evil powers; magnifying the work of the devil more than the power of God is another Gospel. For as you set your heart on materialism, you will continuously live in agitation and anxiety thereby losing the rest to your soul coupled with the fear of the devil making you to lose all things and prevent your success in life without the understanding that “Greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world” (1 Jn. 4: 4). Note it: you don’t belong to the world, so he that rules the world cannot rule you. He can only fool you through your mind. Compare 1Cor 5: 1-5, 2Cor 10-11; 11: 1-4.
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