Temptation With The Affairs of This World

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Hi M____,

Thanks for sending this along to me. This helps to illustrate how very difficult it is to refrain from getting involved in the affairs of this world. The pull to right all the wrongs around us are almost as strong as the pull to compromise the doctrine of Christ under the guise of loving your brother.
But if we really want to change this world, we must stay out of its affairs, and if we really love our brothers in Christ we will “try the spirits” and not allow heresy into our spiritual house.”
Like so many things involving the spirit, what is to be done to stay in line with God’s Word is the exact opposite of what would appear to be needed from a natural point of view:
How do we find life?

Mat 10:39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

How do we obtain our “sight?”

Joh 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

How do we overcome our enemies?

Mat 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

How do we acquire wealth?

Luk 18:22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.

Spiritual matters simply do not compute in the natural world.

1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

You will come to see and understand why it is indeed few who are chosen. It is few who are given the grace to keep themselves unspotted from the world.

Jas 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

And yes, you are right about God using the church world to hedge in evil while at the same time using it to persecute His elect. That is how some very evil men are able to think so highly of themselves as selfless servants of their brothers. Saul of Tarsus is a perfect example.


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