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  • I want to read a quote from Hiebert.

  • Christian love does not under value, or disregard natural family ties.

  • It gives them their due importance, and condemns those who are without natural affection.

  • Now what does he mean by that?

  • He means this.

  • He's giving a reference basically to the super spiritual.

  • Those who are now christian, they belong to a certain church.

  • Maybe a very exclusive kind of church,

  • and because of that, they no longer give any due respect or any regard.

  • For their natural relationships in this world,

  • that are also ordained by God.

  • That is, they neglect their physical families; immediate or extended,

  • and they withdraw from the unbelieving world.

  • So when we talk about are special love, for our brothers and sisters in Christ.

  • We are not approving that kind of attitude, here in this church.

  • And I want to make this clear.

  • Why? Because, of certain things that have happened recently.

  • We've had to deal with; kind of some strange groups, that have been teaching strange things,

  • and we've had to help people, and correct people in this matter.

  • But also I want you to realize.

  • There's a text in the Bible that the cults use, or miss use.

  • They distort, and they do it in order to isolate their members from their natural families.

  • And I want to just give you that text. It's in Luke 14:26

  • Jesus said, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and

  • brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple."

  • Now you see how certain cults, exclusive groups could use this to separate people from their families,

  • or from the unbelieving world.

  • Now, Jesus is not promoting hatred within the context of the natural family, not at all.

  • Jesus is not promoting hatred toward the unbelieving world, or isolation from it.

  • Paul made it very clear, that all though we're not of the world, we are in this world.

  • Jesus is not doing these types of things, because if he was;

  • He would be contradicting the law of God.

  • From which He said; Not one jot or tittle would ever pass away.

  • So what is Jesus doing?

  • He's giving us a hyperbole.

  • Exaggerated speech, in order to press upon us a point.

  • And what is that point?

  • That supreme loyalty is due Him,

  • even at the cost, sometimes of the closest human relationships that we have.

  • But he's talking about also; the fundamentals of who he is, and what it means to be a christian.

  • He's not necessarily talking about these people who will draw other people into their congregation,

  • as though they're the only congregation on the planet, and separate them from everyone else.

  • Now,

  • I want to say this.

  • Whenever possible, as far as it concerns you and me. Whenever it is possible.

  • We should do everything in our power to maintain the best relationships possible,

  • with those outside the church.

  • Especially our own family.

  • Our fathers, our mothers, our brothers, and our sisters.

  • And we should seek to maintain, as much as we can, relationships with people in the unbelieving world.

  • Of course we should, but let me say this also; In those relationships,

  • although we are to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, when the opportunity arises,

  • when God opens the door.

  • And we are to definitely live the christian life, before the unbelieving world; without compromise.

  • Yet at the same time, God has not caused you, or called you to be the ethics Sheriff.

  • Do you understand me?

  • He's not called you to go around correcting the entire unbelieving world.

  • Your rules are not going to help them, especially the ones that are your inferences,

  • and don't really come out of scripture.

  • They don't need ethical training. They need the gospel of Jesus Christ, do you see that?

  • And they need to see it lived out in you my friend.

  • And what does that mean?

  • Yes, speak the truth.

  • But not a condemning voice every time you enter into a conversation, with the unbelieving world.

  • Not nitpicking them every time you see them do something wrong.

  • But showing compassion, love,

  • grace,

  • graciousness.

  • Love covering a multitude of sins; and yes even you, in your holiness, bearing with their sin.

  • When they speak wrongly before you.

  • It doesn't mean every time you're supposed to correct them, but maybe you should just bear it.

  • I know it hurts.

  • But it is compassion,

  • it's kindness, and it's the gospel, gospel, gospel.

  • We must Gospelize our families, we must Gospelize people.

  • Now that I've said that, I hope you understand it.

I want to read a quote from Hiebert.

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Christian, Love Your Lost Family - Paul Washer

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    林雅歌 posted on 2015/04/25
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