Ten Facts About The Will of God

"Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is."  (Ephesians 5:17 KJV)
The photo below is of The Dake Annotated Reference Bible, Matthew 6:10, note "p".  "10 facts about God's will."


"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up." (James 4:7-10 KJV)
References:  Matthew 6:10, John 4:34, John 5:30, Ephesians 5:17, Ephesians 6:6, 1 Peter 2:11-17, 1 Timothy 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9, Romans 12:2, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, John 15:7, James 4:7-10)

God bless you!

HOW FAR ARE YOU WILLING TO GO?

WHAT'S YOUR EXCUSE?

The following are the words of Christ Jesus.

"Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. AND THEY ALL WITH ONE CONSENT BEGAN TO MAKE EXCUSE. The first said unto him, I HAVE BOUGHT A PIECE OF GROUND, AND I MUST NEEDS TO GO AND SEE IT: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I HAVE BOUGHT FIVE YOKE OF OXEN, AND I GO TO PROVE THEM: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I HAVE MARRIED A WIFE, AND THEREFORE I CANNOT COME. So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper. And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, IF ANY MAN COME TO ME, AND HATE NOT [love less] HIS FATHER, AND MOTHER, AND WIFE, AND CHILDREN, AND BRETHREN, AND SISTERS, YEA, AND HIS OWN LIFE ALSO, HE CANNOT BE MY DISCIPLE. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it. Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. SO LIKEWISE, WHOSOEVER HE BE OF YOU THAT FORSAKETH NOT ALL THAT HE HATH, HE CANNOT BE MY DISCIPLE. Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear." (Luke 14:16-35 KJV)

This is the Word that the disciple of Jesus Christ stands on. The Word of Christ Jesus is the word of life.

Personal Declaration: I don't just want to be a disciple. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. When I gave my life to Christ Jesus, I gave him my whole life. I heard His call and I gave (fully committed) to Jesus my all. I counted the cost - that I may finish. There is nothing that I will not lay down for Jesus. This has never been a joking matter for me. I have been tested on some but not everything yet. I do pray to be found faithful through the end. I've made a lot of mistakes. However, I have decided to continue going forward in Christ. I've heard it many times, "CONTINUE."  That is what I shall do in Christ.  I shall continue.

More words of Jesus...

"But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. AND EVERY ONE THAT HATH FORSAKEN HOUSES, OR BRETHREN, OR SISTERS, OR FATHER, OR MOTHER, OR WIFE, OR CHILDREN, OR LANDS, FOR MY NAME'S SAKE shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first." (Matthew 19:26-30 KJV)

I speculate that if these words weren't in the Bible, the life of a disciple could be much easier. But these words are written, along with the following. More from Jesus...

"And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. But before all these, THEY SHALL lay their hands on you, and PERSECUTE YOU, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers FOR MY NAME'S SAKE. And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. AND YE SHALL BE BETRAYED BOTH BY PARENTS, AND BRETHREN, AND KINSFOLK, AND FRIENDS; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. AND YE SHALL BE HATED OF ALL MEN FOR MY NAME'S SAKE. But there shall not an hair of your head perish. In your patience possess ye your souls."
(Luke 21:7-19)

And for those who would try to explain away the word of Jesus for various reasons, we are also given the word of the Apostle Paul to Timothy [The son of a Greek who died around 97 AD ... about 27 years after the destruction of the Jewish temple]...

"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: FROM SUCH TURN AWAY. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their's also was. But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and ALL THAT WILL LIVE GODLY IN CHRIST JESUS SHALL SUFFER PERSECUTION. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. BUT CONTINUE THOU in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known THE HOLY SCRIPTURES, which ARE ABLE to make thee wise unto salvation THROUGH FAITH which is IN CHRIST JESUS. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."
(2 Timothy 3:1-17 KJV)

Why are these words written and published? Are they mere speculation? Are they optional?

Or, are they TRUTH?

1 Corinthians 13, The book of John, and the book of 1 John speak of "love" ... and 2 Thessalonians 2 speaks of "the love of the truth." These are the same love.

GOD is love (1 John 4:8).
JESUS is truth (John 14:6).

"I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee. I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name."
(Psalm 138:1-2 KJV)

GOD has magnified His Word is above all His name. And the name of JESUS is worthy of all worship and praise. This is the word of life that I stand and contend for.

Personal declaration: "I've had enough."

What I am referring to is compromise.

"I've had enough of compromise."

Compromise does not work. Compromise always falls short of the "ALL" commitment of a disciple.

However: Praise be to GOD! For the Word of God works with the Holy Spirit of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

HALLELUJAH!

WARNING: Don't be deceived. Many think that their way is the right way because their way looks good or feels good. Being a disciple of Christ doesn't always look good. It doesn't always feel good. Sometimes it may feel like you are the only one standing. But the Word of God is the rock that doesn't move.

Sometimes, all that is left is to stand.

Stand on the solid foundation of the Word of God in Christ Jesus and watch as God delivers you [and those who stand with you] time and again into His arms of true love.

"Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore..."
(Ephesians 6:13-14 KJV)

Personal declaration: I choose to believe, to stand on, and to follow the Word of the Lord Jesus without compromise. I refuse to attempt to put my conditions or anyone else's conditions upon the Word of God. It may look hard to some. It may look harsh to others. It may turn all away from me. But the Word is the Word. Jesus is my Lord and my defender.

God bless you.

HOW FAR ARE YOU WILLING TO GO?

WHAT'S YOUR EXCUSE?

Related: What is "our Gospel?"

DELUSIONAL

To delude is: to impose a misleading belief upon (someone); to deceive; to fool someone.

To be delusional, according to psychiatry, is to hold a belief in the face of evidence to the contrary - that is resistant to all reason.

For example:  I am telling you now that God still heals people in the name of Jesus Christ.

If I was to tell you this without providing any evidence, I could be accused and convicted of deluding you.

On the other hand, if I was to provide you clear evidence that God still heals people in the name of Jesus Christ...

And, in the face of this evidence, you still didn't believe...

What would that make you?

DELUSIONAL

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The following is clear evidence that God still heals people in the name of Jesus Christ...

     God Heals ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)

     JESUS RAISES THE DEAD - YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND FOREVER

     Does God Ever Heal? by John G. Lake

Do you believe?

STUMBLING?

"He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him."
(1 John 2:10 KJV)
How much is "none?"

Yes, The Word of God says "there is NONE occasion of stumbling" in the person who "loves his brother."  Therefore, if you are experiencing a stumbling problem, it's a great idea to search your heart and let go of any grudge, hatred, or anything else that you are holding against your brother.  According to The Word of God, this will bring light into the situation and keep you from stumbling.

MAKE IT RIGHT - ABIDE IN THE LIGHT
"He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes."
(1 John 2:9-11 KJV)
Don't allow darkness to blind your eyes.

FORGIVE YOUR BROTHER
"This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."
(1 John 1:5-7 KJV)
How much is "all?"

Yes, "if we walk in the light... the blood of Jesus... cleanseth us from ALL sin."

LOVE YOUR BROTHER
"Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
[THIS IS A KEY TO THE KINGDOM]
Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses."
(Matthew 18:21-35 KJV)
LOVE AND FORGIVE YOUR BROTHER AND THE LIGHT OF CHRIST WILL KEEP YOU FROM STUMBLING

Ref. Matthew 5:20-24, 1 John 2:1-10, and Matthew 16:19.

GOD bless you!

OUR GOSPEL

"But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by OUR GOSPEL, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 KJV)

WHAT IS "OUR GOSPEL?"

"... OUR GOSPEL came not unto you IN WORD only, but also IN POWER, and IN THE HOLY GHOST, and IN MUCH ASSURANCE; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake [excellent character - hard working - trustworthy (see 2 Thess. 2:15, 3:6) good traditions of the orderly - not disorderly]. And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord [worthy to follow], having received the word IN MUCH AFFLICTION [pressure, tribulation, persecution], WITH JOY OF THE HOLY GHOST [see James 1:2-3, Acts 5:41, and Matthew 10:16-25]. So that ye were ENSAMPLES [the believers as examples, "living epistles" (see 2 Corinthians 3:1-3)] to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. For from you sounded out the word of the Lord [TESTIMONY - PREACHING -SHARING OF THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH - SHARING OF FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS] not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also IN EVERY PLACE your faith to God-ward is spread abroad [SPREADING OF FAITH]; so that we need not to speak any thing. For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you [READILY OBVIOUS], and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God [CHANGED LIVES]; And to wait for his Son from heaven [PATIENTLY - LOOKING FOR], whom he raised from the dead, even JESUS, which delivered us [NOW DELIVERED - ACTIVE - NOW FAITH (see Hebrews 11:1-40 and Matthew 6:10) actively delivered now] from the wrath to come.
(1 Thessalonians 1:5-10 KJV)

This is "OUR GOSPEL."

"OUR GOSPEL"


The Wonderful Powerful Gospel of Jesus Christ

False Convert?

"Barnes and his Fellow-Prisoners Seeking Forgiveness",
from an 1887 edition of Foxe's Book of Martyrs,
illustrated by Kronheim.
Greetings brothers and sisters in Christ,

This letter is in regard to the subject of "false conversions" in the church. Several have written on the topic and some consider "false conversions" to be part of an "Epidemic in the Modern Church." This letter approaches the concern from a slightly different angle and offers a reconciled conclusion. Quickly grab a pen and a piece of paper. Let us work through this together in Christ.

CONFESSION ONE: I believe that I have never encountered a "false convert."

Have you?

Can you picture one of the "false converts" that you have met?

Does He or She have a name?

If He or She does have a name, please write it down.

Now, let us consider.

How do you know, for sure (without a shadow of a doubt), that this person was (or is) a "false convert?"

When were they converted? Were you there? Are you witness to their conversion?

What is their personal testimony of salvation?

What made (or makes) them "false" in your eyes?

Is there any hope remaining for them -or- are they doomed to be lost forever?

Please write down your answers to the above questions.

If you were able to answer ALL of the above questions, I would love to hear from you. My email address is mwfoutch@gmail.com, please drop me a note about your experience.

However, I do not expect to hear from many of you on this matter.

Why?

Because many believers don't know that much about each other.

However, before we go too far into our personal experiences, let us consider the following fact...

The term "false convert" does not appear in the Bible.

Selah (pause and think of this).

CONFESSION TWO: I believe that I have encountered all of the following in scripture.

I have encountered carnally-minded believers (1 Corinthians 3:1-4, Romans 8:6-7).

I have encountered believers who, for a moment (or many moments), have taken on the nature of the flesh (Galatians 5:1-26).

I have encountered believers (converts) who have fallen into sin (Galatians 6:1, Matthew 18:15-20).

I have encountered anti-Christ (unbelievers) - unconverted people - who do not believe that Jesus Christ has come "in the flesh" (1 John 4:1-21).

I have encountered certain ungodly men that believed not, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ (Jude 1:4-5).

I have encountered men with an unclean spirits (Mark 5:1-20).

I have encountered the unsaved delusional that believe a lie (2 Thessalonians 2:10-11).

I have encountered sons of God, who have walked in disobedience (Luke 15:11-32).

I have encountered disorderly believers (2 Thessalonians 3:11-15).

I have encountered believers of all four types of soil (Mark 4:1-41).

I have encountered the unprofitable servant - both the good kind (Luke 17:1-10) and the bad kind (Matthew 25:14-30).

I have encountered false prophets, ravening wolves who are recognized by their fruit (Matthew 7:15-20).

I have encountered murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage. (Jude 1:16)

I have encountered many of them! for they have gone in the way of Cain [envy and murder], and ran greedily after the error of Balaam [the love of money] for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core [rebellion against established authorities - insurrectionists] (Jude 1:11).

Yes, all of these cases exist (the carnally-minded, the sinful of the flesh, the anti-Christ, the unclean, the unsaved delusional, the disobedient sons, the disorderly, the four types of soil, the unprofitable servant, the false prophets, the murmurers, the judgmental, the murderers, the money hungry, and the insurrectionist). All of these cases are present in the Bible with solid scriptural understanding. Note that Biblical references are provided for each of the above.

But what about the "false-convert?"

Where is the Biblical example of the "false-convert" in the Bible before or after the cross of Jesus Christ? Who has falsely received the Holy Spirit of God? Who has falsely been changed into a new creation in Christ? Does God change people and then change them back? Or, is the new creation forever changed by God? (ref. 2 Corinthians 5:17)

Selah (pause and think of this).

Note: Some hold up Simon the Sorcerer as an example of a "false-convert" or even "the first false-convert" (Acts 8:9-25). Others explain that Simon was a believer in Christ that was caught up in sin and confronted directly about it - as should be. The ultimate outcome of Simon the Sorcerer is not revealed completely in scripture. Who but Christ Jesus can prove if Simon the Sorcerer was saved or lost forever?

THINK AGAIN: Where is the example of the "false convert" in scripture?

Where does the idea of "false conversion" originate?

Who coined the term?

Since it is not in scripture, where can one find the earliest use of this phrase?

HOLD IT...

Since the idea of "false conversion" doesn't appear in the word of God, what would lead me to think that the idea of "false conversion" is from the mind of Christ?

Selah (pause and think of this).

LET US CONSIDER...

What if the idea of "false conversion" it is a doctrine of man - a work of the flesh according to Galatians 5?

The idea of "false conversion" certainly has the traits and the fruit of the flesh - it implants doubt, it leaves no hope, it condemns, and it divides.

That kind of fruit is rotten to the core.

CONFESSION THREE:
As a result of this study, I now believe that the entire idea of "false conversion" it is a doctrine of man - a work of the flesh according to Galatians 5.

I believe that the idea of the "false convert" is not a teaching of Christ Jesus.

Why?

The idea of the "false convert" judges and condemns.

Jesus didn't come to condemn the world (John 3:17, John 12:47). He came to save the world.

"For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."
~ Jesus of Nazareth (John 3:17)

"And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world."
~ Jesus of Nazareth (John 12:47)

The idea of the "false convert" casts doubt, confuses, and removes hope.

Jesus is hope (1 Peter 1:3-6, Matthew 12:21). Faith is the substance of things hoped for (Hebrews 11:1). The Spirit of God is of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

Jesus can't deny who He is. Jesus is full of faith, hope, power, love, and is of a completely sound mind.

The idea of the "false convert" casts doubt upon the power of God. It says things like: "You didn't do it right, so it wasn't done."

The idea of the "false convert" denies the Word of God. The idea places more faith in what it sees, than in what it can't see. It places more faith in the actions of man than in the faith of God. The idea of the "false convert" is contrary to the faith in Christ Jesus.

Additional references: 2 Corinthians 5:7, Ephesians 2:8-10, Romans 10:9-13, Acts 16:31, Mark 16:16

CONFESSION FOUR: As a result of this study, I now believe that there is no such thing as a "false convert" in the body of Christ.

Why?

There is no legitimate (proven) example of a "false convert" in scripture.

There is no legitimate (proven) example of a "false convert" in practice.

The idea of the "false convert" it is a doctrine (an idea) of man that divides the body of Christ.

Jesus did not pray for His body to be divided.

"Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; that they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
~ Jesus of Nazareth (John 17:20-23)

If a person is in the body of Christ, then the person is truly in the body - not "falsely" in the body.

CONFESSION FIVE: I do not expect this letter to be well received by everyone.

Why?

Because it is contrary to the traditional teachings of man.

The following are answers and exhortations in regard to foreseen objections...

It is true that Jesus (the Word) comes with a double-edged sword (ref. Matthew 10:34 and Hebrews 4:12). It is true that The Lord shall divide the sheep from the goats (Matthew 25:31–46). It is true that The Lord's angels shall separate the wheat from the tares (Matthew 13:24-30 explained in Matthew 13:36-43). It is true that not everyone that says unto Jesus, "Lord, Lord," shall enter into the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 7:21-23).

BE CONSIDERATE...

Brothers and sisters in Christ: Let us consider our positions carefully. Let us ask ourselves often. "When did I become an angel of The Lord to separate?" "When did I become The Lord Himself to divide the sheep from the goats?" Let us be mindful of our positions - always. Jesus is the Lord!

"Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost." (1 Corinthians 12:3)

Today, it is the Holy Spirit of God who abides in the believer that comforts and convicts (John 14:26, John 16:7-8).

It is the believer in Christ that plants and waters the good seed ... And God shall bring the increase (1 Corinthians 3:6-9).

The Lord God is faithful!

Brothers and sisters in Christ: Make sure that your fruit is of The Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:1-26, Matthew 5-7).

"Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
~ Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 7:20-27)

It is true that judgment should begin in the house of The Lord (1 Peter 4:17).

However, brothers and sisters in Christ: Beware of ministering, living, and preaching out of the flesh. The flesh profits nothing.

"It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." (John 6:63)

"For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace." (Romans 8:6)

Clear instructions are already given the body of Christ in regard to judgment and discipline.

REALITY OF AND PROTOCOL FOR HANDLING SIN - Including RUMORS and the SPREADING OF RUMORS ... GOSSIP and SLANDER ...

For example, exact instructions are given in the word of God for the handling and treatment of a disorderly believer.

"...we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly ... if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him AS A BROTHER." (2 Thessalonians 3:11-15 KJV)

This person, the disorderly, should be treated "AS A BROTHER."

LOVE AND PRAY IN CHRIST - FOR ALL

CONFESSION SIX: I believe that the idea of the "false convert" is a temptation that causes brothers to treat each other not as brothers and even less than neighbors.

"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these... If ye love me, keep my commandments."
~ Jesus of Nazareth (Mark 12:30-31, John 14:15-31)

CONCLUSION: The idea of the "false convert" is error and it should be found in the mouths of the brethren.

"Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, THESE THINGS OUGHT NOT SO TO BE. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy." James 3:10-17 KJV

God bless you brothers and sisters in Christ.

Sincerely,

Matthew Foutch (mwfoutch@gmail.com)