Being Obedient Believers
I think that all who truly follow Christ must conform to these simple rules:
1. Seek God, allowing him to transform, guide & change us.
2 Peter 2;21 Living a Holy Life – Our call is to Trust that following seeking living & loving in & thru Jesus transforms & delivers us from sin
2. Love others.
3. Following God above the doctrines of men.
AMP Matt 15;8 These people draw near Me with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts hold off and are far away from Me. 9 Uselessly do they worship Me, for they teach as doctrines the commands of men .
AMP Mar 7;7 In vain (fruitlessly and without profit) do they worship Me, ordering and teaching [to be obeyed] as doctrines the commandments and precepts of men . 8 You disregard and give up and ask to depart from you the commandment of God and cling to the tradition of men [keeping it carefully and faithfully]. 9 And He said to them, You have a fine way of rejecting [thus thwarting and nullifying and doing away with] the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition (your own human regulations)!
This ‘departing from the commandments of God and clinging to the traditions of men’ is clearly happening to the Believer gathering command, the command to repent, and the command to Love God with all our heart soul mind & strength.
AMP 1 Tim 6;1-9
1 LET ALL who are under the yoke as bond servants esteem their own [personal] masters worthy of honor and fullest respect, so that the name of God and the teaching [about Him] may not be brought into disrepute and blasphemed. 2 Let those who have believing masters not be disrespectful or scornful [to them] on the grounds that they are brothers [in Christ]; rather, they should serve [them all the better] because those who benefit by their kindly service are believers and beloved. Teach and urge these duties. 3 But if anyone teaches otherwise and does not assent to the sound and wholesome messages of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and the teaching which is in agreement with godliness (piety toward God), 4 He is puffed up with pride and stupefied with conceit, [although he is] woefully ignorant. He has a morbid fondness for controversy and disputes and strife about words, which result in (produce) envy and jealousy, quarrels and dissension, abuse and insults and slander, and base suspicions, 5 And protracted wrangling and wearing discussion and perpetual friction among men who are corrupted in mind and bereft of the truth, who imagine that godliness or righteousness is a source of profit [a moneymaking business, a means of livelihood]. From such withdraw. 6 [And it is, indeed, a source of immense profit, for] godliness accompanied with contentment (that contentment which is a sense of inward sufficiency) is great and abundant gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and obviously we cannot take anything out of the world; 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we shall be content (satisfied). 9 But those who crave to be rich fall into temptation and a snare and into many foolish (useless, godless) and hurtful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction and miserable perishing.
Those with corrupt minds, lacking truth, & having a fondness for disputes & controversy also think that godliness is a way to make a living. Believers are directed in verse 5 to withdraw from these folks. Read it again carefully. That’s what it says! Keeping God’s Laws
2 Thess 3;4 And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you are doing and will continue to do the things which we suggest and with which we charge you. 5 May the Lord direct your hearts into [realizing and showing] the love of God and into the steadfastness and patience of Christ and in waiting for His return. 6 Now we charge you, brethren, in the name and on the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) that you withdraw and keep away from every brother (fellow believer) who is slack in the performance of duty and is disorderly, living as a shirker and not walking in accord with the traditions and instructions that you have received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how it is necessary to imitate our example, for we were not disorderly or shirking of duty when we were with you [we were not idle]. 8 Nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with toil and struggle we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden or impose on any of you [for our support]. 9 [It was] not because we do not have a right [to such support], but [we wished] to make ourselves an example for you to follow.
Leaders have to choose whether they will follow Paul’s tent maker example. Followers are advised to steer clear of brothers who shirk these responsibilities.
Is this establishing a two level church system. The first level, [the level of disobedient leaders] is where the leaders ignore Paul’s tentmaker example. I think this level exists just to filter out those who are truly seeking God, truly building on the foundation of the Bible. Eventually those seeking truth, seeking Jesus, will be freed from their disobedient leaders.
1 Cor 14;37 If anyone thinks and claims that he is a prophet [filled with and governed by the Holy Spirit of God and inspired to interpret the divine will and purpose in preaching or teaching] or has any other spiritual endowment, let him understand (recognize and acknowledge) that what I am writing to you is a command of the Lord. 38 But if anyone disregards or does not recognize [that it is a command of the Lord], he is disregarded and not recognized [he is one whom God knows not]. 39 So [to conclude], my brethren, earnestly desire and set your hearts on prophesying (on being inspired to preach and teach and to interpret God’s will and purpose), and do not forbid or hinder speaking in [unknown] tongues. 40 But all things should be done with regard to decency and propriety and in an orderly fashion.
Please don’t confuse serving men with serving God!
Show all your followers How they can serve you above men. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.