Friday, March 13, 2009

Exhortation-Sixth Commandment

Exodus 20:13 Thou shalt not kill.

We often tend to think that others commit egregious sins and our sins are small and therefore worthy of grace. But we do not earn grace by being the least of sinners. We receive unmerited grace because we are sinners in great need of that grace. No Christian should be a murderer. We know that murderers do not inherit the kingdom of God. And Jesus reminds us that the murdering mindset is in the heart of all that envy their brothers and harbor hatred in their hearts.

Mathew 5:21-24 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: 22But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, RacaRaca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. 23Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; 24Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

We trust that none of you would be so angry and bitter as to actually kill another person. But remember that the anger and hatred that rages in the heart of the murderer began as a flickering flame in the bosom of an ordinary sinner. Do not feed that flame. Do not give yourself reason to stay angry. Do not hold grudges. Do not refuse forgiveness. Do not envy your brothers and sisters in Christ, comparing yourselves one to another. Do not let the sun go down on your anger.

But rather, bless those who curse you. Bless and curse not. Turn the other cheek. Just as you have been forgiven, so also forgive. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Be reconciled to your brother and then come and offer your gifts to God.

1 comment:

The Prophet said...


" And I went out by night by the gate of the valley, even before the dragon well, and to the dung port, viewed the walls of Jerusalem, which were broken down, and the gates thereof were consumed with fire.
Them said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach."(Nehemiah 2.13 and 17 )

The global financial crisis that is hitting many countries, and breaking down a large commercial institutions, financial, industrial, etc., is hitting hard also to institutions and churches.
Many of these churches had their origin in the northern hemisphere countries, where rampant consumerism of the capitalist system, especially in the U.S. (now suffering from an acute recession), are now facing major economic problems which required them to discontinue support programs to reduce their budgets, cut staff, cut salaries, etc..
It is a time where many churches that had a high economic status, will now have to adjust the belt for a while. Perhaps God is allowing this situation, with the purpose of the church to reflect on his license, careless about his life and about where your real basis: the money or Mamon, or the faith of Christ.
However, it is also a time when the church will have to review their structures, and initiate changes. You'll need a re-make in all areas: in its form of government, in its doctrines, in their meetings and worship in their temples and places in his pastoral leadership, as do the scriptures, and so on.
The Berlin Wall that the names have been built around the church, which has been divided for many decades the churches of Christ, which will now be demolished so that an aperture is greater unity in the body of Christ.
It is likely that many churches try to maintain their structures, but to do so will have to adapt to the new order of things that emerges after this crisis, with the consequence of becoming apostate. But the churches to leave their old structures, probably adptaran the structure of the primitive church, to maintain their spirituality.
If Nehemiah saw the spiritual reality of the church today, probably cry as it did with Jerusalem destroyed.
So to paraphrase the words of Nehemiah, I would say to the church today: "You see the evil that we, the church is spiritually desolate and its gates burned by sin. Stand up and us build the spiritual walls of the church and most are not in shame. "


"And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not beleft here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down."(Matthew 24,1-2)

When the disciples were surprised to hear this answer from the Lord. The place that had for centuries been the center of religious worship for the Jews would be destroyed. But what the Lord wanted to show his disciples that the structure was never the same as human spiritual and therefore such structures were not in place.
Religiosity is that structure that will soon disappear, but to survive is trying to take new forms, one of them is called denominationalism. The denominationalism is an evil that exists in churches and that, instead of uniting the divided people of God and the Church of Christ.
Unfortunately there are many Christian denominations that based on systems, doctrines, forms of government, rites and human, are setting up an authority far beyond the biblical teaching. Such "Christian denominations are the temple looked astonished disciples, because these names give (the man willing to receive God) pleasant and enjoyable ways to have an encounter with God "but they are just mere religiosity.
Expanded site with good sound, many people effusive, comfortable seats, and anything profound teachings are the names of the keynote today.
I personally think that just as the Lord proclaimed the end of the Jewish religious representation in the Temple of Jerusalem, so also the religion of these names and collapse came to an end. What will be the sign of the destruction of these churches or denominations? The discontent of the Christians have sus'propias denominations.
Perhaps this will soon emerge a more spiritual and more freedom, without a human structure, a unit where the Lord Jesus Christ is our only Shepherd and the Holy Spirit our Temple.