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SLIPS

 

 

 

FOREWORD

 

We can see in the Bible that there were a number of problems during the times of the first congregation. Even though they were very active and God was influencing them, they faced many troubles; the Bible tells us about them. . There were false brothers and false apostles, legalism, as well as disputes, envy and sects in the Corinth congregation. If we think congregations’ early days were trouble-free we are wrong.

   We can also make similar or different mistakes in modern congregations. Next, we will study some of the slips we may make or which others may make. Let’s start with false spirits.

 

 

CHAPTER 1 - False spirits: teachings

CHAPTER 2 - False spirits: guidance

CHAPTER 3 - False spirits and experiences

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER 1-

False spirits: Teachings

 

 

 

- (Eph 2:2) Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience:

 

- (2 Cor 4:4) But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

4  In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine to them.

 

- (2 Cor 11:13,14) For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

 

Many slips are caused by false spirits. Honest souls may be deceived because they fail to realize that false spirits are imitating the work of God and providing false guidance. We fail to notice that nobody fully understands God, Satan and the principles of divine guidance right after having been born again. We may also be misled because we do not know how God works and because we fail to take seriously the warnings about the ruler of the kingdom of the air, false spirits and false prophets even though we learn those warnings from the Bible.

   Sometimes it is really difficult to see which activities are of God and which are not. Are we seeing the Holy Ghost of God or false spirits that work through men? This means that the message we are hearing may sound fully Christian: the information provided may be correct and biblical, but the underlying source of the message is a false spirit. Below are some examples of such false anointment. The examples describe two trance preachers and who referred to God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost and gave supernatural information. Nevertheless, the power behind their words was evil.

 

There was one person who could not read or write, sleep-preacher Ovaskainen. People went to listen to her in great numbers. The preaching spirit entered her every day around 5 p.m. I went to listen to find out whether the activity was of God or not. When I entered her home, the room was already full of people. The young sleep-preacher stood behind a table. When the clock stroke five, the power entered her. She called the number of a hymn, and people started to sing. When the song was over, it looked like the girl browsed through a large Bible. She read the text. Her voice was unnatural, like that of an old priest. The beginning of the sermon was: “The soul is a white ball that the Holy Spirit carries on His palm to the throne of the Father.”

   At this point, God intervened. The Spirit of God spoke to me and told me to say the following to stop the spirit working in the girl: “Be silent, spirit, and become sober, woman!” The girl woke from her trance and stopped talking. She usually went on for around thirty minutes, and the people wondered why she stopped short this time. I conducted a normal meeting and the people went back to their homes. The girl has spoken only a couple of times after that. She has expressed relief of being rid of the spirit. She said that it bothered her. Thus, the Lord fulfilled His promise: ”they shall cast out devils” (Mark 16:17). ”These signs shall follow them that believe.” – Later on, the young women married a widower. (1)

 

A young sleep-preacher with curly hair appeared in Rautavaara. I heard about her and went to listen. (...) I went in and sat in the second or third pew. The prophet started to become ecstatic and started to bless unsaved people with eternal life. That is when I understood that this was not of God – after all, the Bible says: “Woe to those who call ungodly righteous”. To some, it said: “You are a murderer, you have driven out your foetus”. Then, the sleep-preacher went to an elderly gentleman, almost grabbed him by the hair and said, “You practitioner of the sin of homosexuality!” The elderly man left in shame, and was not born again – neither was the abortionist. At this point, I saw even clearer that the Spirit of God will not disgrace souls or give more reason for people to gossip.

   It is true that the Spirit of God is the spirit of knowledge but He is discreet, not disgraceful. When Peter talked on Whit Sunday, he did not name people's sins: nevertheless, the Holy Spirit caused the listening people to feel a prick in their heart so that they confessed their sins themselves. This is the work of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:36-48. (2)

 

TEACHING

 

- (Rom 16:17,18) Now I beseech you, brothers, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which you have learned; and avoid them.

18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

 

- (1 Tim 1:3,4) As I sought you to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that you might charge some that they teach no other doctrine,

4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.

 

- (Acts 20:29,30) For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

 

The activities of false spirits can be devoted to distorted teachings. Correct teaching and doctrine were no small matters in the early congregation – they were not concerns one could forget just because it felt convenient.; Instead, they were highly regarded concerns. Properly understanding the Gospel was a precondition for being saved. If people rejected the Gospel, they would not know what Jesus had done for them and how they could receive grace through Him. Thus, it was important to retain the purity of the Gospel in all preaching and teaching.

   Nevertheless, there were false teachers and false apostles in the first congregation. Already then, the congregation had to fight against teachers and lessons that turned people’s minds away from God and Jesus Christ. Furthermore, Jesus and the apostles prophesied that false prophets would come and people would be misguided after the apostles stopped their activities. Some of the prophecies are especially focused on the last days.

   The next quote is about this subject. It is part of a prophecy received by Stanley Frodsham in 1965, and it is about misguidance. Many people who misguide others can at first say the right things but at some point their message becomes distorted. At that point, it becomes apparent that they are not of us (1 John 2:19: They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.). We see that they are being guided by a false spirit. This spirit is trying to turn people’s minds away from God and Jesus Christ.

 

“Beware of misguiding people. Do you think that a misguiding person has invented a new false doctrine and flaunts it? They speak words of righteousness and truth, and present themselves as apostles of light and preachers. This way, they win people's hearts over. Not until they have won people’s hearts over will they give their own teachings to misguide people. Then, people will say, ‘Didn’t he say so and so? And didn’t we check that his teachings were from Scripture? This makes him a righteous reverend. Even though this teaching is not in the Scripture, it must be correct because he spoke the truth before.’

   “Do not be deceived. This is what misguiding people do: they first win over your hearts and then give you their treacherous doctrine. At first, you will not be able to tell apart people who are of Me and who are not of Me. Keep searching for Me always so that you will be assured in your heart that these people are not of Me when they start teaching their treacherous doctrine. (...)

   “This is what a righteous person is: his life proves his teachings true and only truth parts his lips instead of a mixture of truth and lies. If there is a mixing of truth and lies, you will know that you are not dealing with a righteous worker. Misguiding people first speak the truth and then misguide you to cover their sins, which they love...” (3)

 

This means that one sign of the influence of false spirits is wrong instruction. They leave out something that the Bible teaches such as the incarnation of Jesus Christ, His divinity, the virgin birth, or resurrection; or they add something to the Bible’s contents. The rise of new false “doctrine” often begins when a person receives a revelation, or sees a vision or hears a voice; they create a new doctrine based on this experience. Many Christian cults and sects that deny important fundamental doctrine have come into being in this way.

 

Instruction about God can vary, as shown in the following examples:

 

People talk about many gods even though the Bible states that there is only one God:

 

- (1 Tim 1:17) Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 

- (Isaiah 45:21) Tell you, and bring them near; yes, let them take counsel together: who has declared this from ancient time? who has told it from that time?  have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Savior; there is none beside me.

 

- (Isaiah 46:9) Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,

 

People talk about the presence of divinity in everything (New Age, Hinduism) even though the Bible teaches us that God is separate from His creation and He created it:

 

- (Gen 1:1) In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

 

- (Rev 4:11) You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for you have created all things, and for your pleasure they are and were created.

 

- (Rev 10:5,6) And the angel which I saw stand on the sea and on the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,

6 And swore by him that lives for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer

 

- (Rev 14:7) Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

 

People teach wrong information about the nature of God. They say that God is only love or only a harsh judge, even though the Bible states that He is both. He is a loving and merciful Father who wants all people to turn to Him and be saved, and Got is a righteous judge who does not forgive unrepentant people:

 

- (1 John 4:8) He that loves not knows not God; for God is love.

 

- (2 Cor 1:3) Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort

 

- (Rom 1:18) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

 

- (1 John 1:5) This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

 

Lessons about Jesus. Many false doctrines describe “another Jesus” (2 Cor 11:4). They deny or distort important facts about Jesus. Here are some examples:

 

Many false teachers deny the fact that Jesus atoned for our sins and that we can be saved only through Him. Their false doctrines may include that there are many roads to salvation or that salvation is only possible for those who join their cult/sect (such as Jehovah’s Witnesses). This contradicts many verses in the Bible:

 

- (John 10:9) I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

 

- (John 14:6) Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.

 

- (Acts 4:11,12) This is the stone which was set at nothing of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.

12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

 

Many false teachers try to deny Jesus’ divinity. They refer to a cosmic Christ, reaching the awareness of Christ, or teach that Jesus was only an ordinary man who was a prophet and teacher, rather than that Jesus was God and God’s only Son who came to earth from heaven. False teachers may say that He was only one among many masters and thereby demote Him. Such instruction fails to recognize the unique significance of Jesus, His divinity and that He came from the Father, from heaven.

 

- (John 8:23,24) And he said to them, You are from beneath; I am from above: you are of this world; I am not of this world.

24 I said therefore to you, that you shall die in your sins: for if you believe not that I am he, you shall die in your sins.

 

There are two most commonly found false lessons taught about the coming of Jesus: one lesson sets a specific date when He will arrive even though the Bible denies this, and the other lesson is that He has already arrived, in secret. This also goes against what Jesus Himself taught us.

 

- (Matt 24:27-30) For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; so that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

25 Behold, I have told you before.

26 Why if they shall say to you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.

27 For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even to the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

28 For wherever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

 

- (Matt 24:36,37,42) But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

42 Watch therefore: for you know not what hour your Lord does come.

 

One false activity is accepting Jesus’ atonement and redemption but then claiming that these are not enough (Acts 15:1: And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brothers, and said, Except you be circumcised after the manner of Moses, you cannot be saved.) Teachers of this false doctrine say that we need to participate in certain rituals or fully surrender ourselves; If we fail to do this, God will not give us His grace and acceptance.  Our salvation depends on our own internal change.

   The testimony below of a former member of the Unification Church describes such false teachings. People who were members of the Unification Church believed that the atonement of Jesus was incomplete and that people had to act in order to be saved. Finally, the former member understood that this is impossible: a person can be forgiven for all of his sins at once through Jesus’ atonement. This is the only way for all of us, because we are all sinners and imperfect.

 

A person joining the Unification Church had to give up everything and concede that the leader of the movement, Sun Myung Moon, was the new messiah. You had to be prepared to do anything and go anywhere the leaders told you.

   You had to give up all your belongings, all your time, everything you had to the movement. If you were married, you had to get a divorce. You were not allowed to remarry or even date until Moon himself had chosen your spouse and blessed the union.

   There were specific rules about dressing: everything was clearly defined, starting from how long your sideburns could be.

   All of this was aimed at saving you, atoning your sins, reaching spiritual perfection. You had to fast, pray, give, completely surrender yourself to the movement until death, if necessary. According to the Unification Church, all of this had to be done to complete Jesus’ unsuccessful atonement.

(...) I finally realised that people are so sinful, so completely unworthy in front of God that nobody can clean himself. Moon's answer to the question of sin was doing and suffering, whereas Jesus’ answer was love. He came to earth and died for the sins of the humankind, gave Himself as ransom. When I realised this, I practically started hopping in joy and asking myself whether this was really true!

   I had risked everything to save myself only to find that it was all in vain. Then comes somebody who has already done it all for me!

   This was a huge issue for a former member of the Unification Church. (4)

 

People sometimes teach information about the death of Jesus that is different from information found in the Bible. According to the so-called JDS doctrine, Jesus’ atonement was only realised in hell. According to JDS, when Jesus died He became sinful. Then he went to hell where he was made righteous and then He defeated Satan and his troops, thus solving the problem of sin. JDS switches the focus of salvation from the cross to hell.

   There are several pieces of evidence, however, that show Jesus' atonement and defeat of Satan took place on the cross, not in hell. While on the cross, He said, “It is finished. He promised the criminal entrance to paradise on that same day. The veil of the temple was ripped showing the way to God on the day when Jesus died, not three days later or something like that. There are also other verses found in the Bible that prove that atonement took place during the sacrifice of Jesus’ body on the cross, not in hell:

 

- (John 19:30) When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

 

- (Luke 23:42,43) And he said to Jesus, Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.

43 And Jesus said to him, Truly I say to you, To day shall you be with me in paradise.

 

- (Mark 15:37-39) And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.

38 And the veil of the temple was rent in two from the top to the bottom.

39 And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.

 

- (Hebr 10:19,20) Having therefore, brothers, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,

20 By a new and living way, which he has consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

 

- (Hebr 2:14) For as much then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

 

- (Col 2:13,14) And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, has he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

 

- (Col 1:19-22) For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;

20  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things to himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now has he reconciled

22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and blameless and unreproveable in his sight:

 

- (Eph 2:15,16) Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of two one new man, so making peace;

16 And that he might reconcile both to God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

 

- (1 Cor 1:17) For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

 

False teachers describe the nature of people differently from the way people are described in the Bible. False doctrine usually stresses the inner strength of people, or even the inner divinity in people: “There is something more to you and you should see that.” Such teachings are common in Hinduism and New Age religions. They deny that people are in fact sinners and corrupt by nature and that people need salvation from the outside, i.e. through the atonement of Jesus Christ.

   Understanding that we are sinners is the first step towards salvation. When we understand that and turn to God through Jesus Christ, we connect with the God in heaven and our sins will be forgiven. The following verses describe our original sin and our condition as sinners in front of God. Nobody is perfect; we need the salvation we can only get through Jesus Christ.

 

- (Rom 5:12) Why, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed on all men, for that all have sinned

 

- (1 John 1:10) If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

 

- (Rom 3:23,24) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus

 

Instruction about life after death. The instruction of false spirits about life after death is different from the instruction we receive in the Bible. False doctrine ensures us that people can be saved after death, or denies damnation altogether. The Bible teaches, however, that we only have one life and we will be judged when it is over. Furthermore, the Bible teaches that if we did not receive Jesus Christ as our Saviour during our life on earth, we will end up in hell and be there forever; hell is not a place of "not being", it is a place where unrepentant sinners are punished.

 

- (Hebr 9:27) And as it is appointed to men once to die, but after this the judgment

 

- (Matt 8:11,12) And I say to you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.

12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

 

- (Rev 20:12-15) And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15 And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

 

Morals. Legalistic teaching that includes a demanding and harsh god and focuses attention on how our own actions affect our salvation are also signs of false teaching. These activities do not clearly teach God’s grace through Jesus Christ.

   Another extreme and sign of the presence of false spirits is the rejection of biblical morality; followers lose their sense of right and wrong, and come to believe that evil is only an illusion. Such lessons are commonly found in Hinduism and New Age religions as well as in Christian cults. Followers may consider sinful behaviour – extramarital affairs and homosexuality, in particular – to be acceptable and reasonable as long as the people involved feel good about such behavior. Such instruction fails to separate good from evil (Isaiah 5:20 Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!). False teachers fail to teach that unrepentant sinners will be separated from God and finally end up in hell:

 

- (1 Cor 6:9,10) Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?  Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortionists, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

 

- (Rev 22:14,15) Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and fornicators, and murderers, and idolaters, and whoever loves and makes a lie.

 

- (Luke 13:1-5) There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

2 And Jesus answering said to them, Suppose you that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?

3 I tell you, No: but, except you repent, you shall all likewise perish.

4 Or those eighteen, on whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think you that they were sinners above all men that dwelled in Jerusalem?

5 I tell you, No: but, except you repent, you shall all likewise perish.

 

Unlawfulness. Lack of morals is a common characteristic of groups following false spirits and teachers. Other common characteristics found in such groups are unlawfulness, anarchy and neglect of family relations. The Bible teaches a lot about these matters, however. The Bible teaches us to obey higher powers, adhere to laws and take care of one’s family; a person who fails to take care of his family has rejected his faith and is even worse than a person having no faith at all. The Bible also teaches that we must respect our king, our employer (1 Tim 6:1), our parents and the elders of our congregation (1 Tim 5:17). These are good guidelines. The only exception is a situation where a higher power asks someone to do something that the person knows is wrong; In such a case, the person must obey God rather than human beings (Acts 5:29). Fortunately, such situations only rarely occur.

 

- (Rom 13:1,2) Let every soul be subject to the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

2 Whoever therefore resists the power, resists the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

 

- (Pro 24:21,22) My son, fear you the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:

22 For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knows the ruin of them both?

 

- (1 Peter 2:13,14,17) Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;

14 Or to governors, as to them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.

17 Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.

 

- (Ex 20:13) You shall not kill.

 

- (1 Tim 5:8) But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

 

A leader may not abuse his power. This is behavior found in many cults. A true shepherd in a congregation does not hunger for power or want to control people. Instead, a true shepherd wants to be an example to others and assist others in finding their place in spiritual service. If this is not the case, the shepherd is misled.

 

- (1 Peter 5:1-5) The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:

2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, you shall receive a crown of glory that fades not away.

5 Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yes, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble.

 

- (2 Cor 1:24) Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith you stand.

 

The next example shows how people can be misled in activity that is biblical: leadership and respect are good but they must be held within the reasonable bounds God intended. We must use common sense to know where the boundaries are.

 

In my opinion, one movement that focused on people being disciples went awry in the congregation in the 1970s when the obedience to leaders became unbalanced. The members of the congregation asked the reverend if they could take a holiday, buy a car of a specific make, or buy something else expensive, or marry a specific person. I was not involved in the congregation at the time so I don’t know how far the problem spread but some people who were involved said that the activity finally became unbiblical. (5)

 

False lessons about success have lead many astray. People may have been told that if they turn to God, all their problems would be immediately solved: they would be healed, they would get money and they could get rid of all problems, suffering, shortages and financial difficulties by means of positive confession. They may have been told that if they were unable to do this, their faith was faulty.

   Such instruction makes lies of the Bible’s lessons and may create burdens in the same way as legalistic teaching. It is true that God may give us material blessings, cure our bodies and give us many good things. However, focusing only on material success is wrong. We must seek God – not only when we are receiving His blessings but also when we are not receiving any blessings.

   Many examples taken from the Bible and from real life show that people are not always freed from their problems. For example, Paul had to suffer a lot, lived in want, and starved (1 Cor 4:11-14, 2 Cor 11:26-30). The problems were not caused by Paul’s lack of faith; instead, God allowed these things in his life. As a result of these troubles, Paul learned to live in any circumstances.

 

- (Phil 4:11-13) Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content.

12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

 

Money or greed may be a stumbling block for many people. There is nothing wrong as such in having money and property; however, if we need a wonderful apartment, expensive cars, designer suits or a luxurious lifestyle, we should ask where our treasure lies. This does not create a very positive image of us in the world, and it can easily show people that our treasure lies in this world only. The Bible says a lot about this:

 

- (Matt 19:21-23) Jesus said to him, If you will be perfect, go and sell that you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.

23 Then said Jesus to his disciples, Truly I say to you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

 

- (Matt 6:19-21) Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust does corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust does corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

 

- (1 Tim 6:6-10) But godliness with contentment is great gain.

7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

 

- (1 Tim 6: 17-19) Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy;

18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;

19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

 

- (Rom 12:16) Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

 

 

 

 

Jari Iivanainen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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