Friday, September 14, 2012


"Do you not fear God too much to lay a stumbling block for men to break their necks over?
We can pave a way for the salvation of the ungodly by letting them see the truth and ways of God in our love toward our brothers and sisters in Christ.
People are afraid to live in a place haunted with evil spirits. But can hell itself possibly house anything worse than the spirit of division? Christians, agree with one another, and your numbers will increase. The early Christians continued "daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart" Acts 2:46. And notice what followed their fellowship-- they had "favor with all the people and the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved" (v. 47).
The world was such a stranger to real love that it was probably amused at first and then curious as to what kind of heavenly doctrine could soften men's hearts, plane their rugged natures, and join them into this family of love. And these things helped to persuade many out of the world and into the church. But tragically, the gold dulled-- I mean, peace among the Christians faded-- and gaping holes were seen in the church. These flaws were so obvious that passers-by were afraid to enter it. Here and there Gentiles were almost persuaded to embrace the Jewish religion, but became cautious because of the divisions and offenses embedded in it.
O Christian, do not let such sins as divisions and strifes hardened your life! Do you not fear God too much to lay a stumbling block for men to break their necks over? To roll the stone over a sinner's grave and seal him down in it? Well, even as you keep yourself free of the blood of those who die in their sin, be careful not to contribute to the hardening of impenitent souls through dissensions in the body of Christ.” 

Quoted material from, ”The Christian in Complete Armour Daily Readings in Spiritual Warfare” by Gurnall and James S Bell.

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