"Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness IS righteous, even as he IS righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth FROM THE BEGINNING" (throughout all the ages, in both "times" of the "Law" and "Grace"!). (1_John 3:7-8b.)
Wherefore do I ask for a "trial" that be "before all the church". I am either teaching truth or wickedness, righteousness or sin. In either case, I cry out for love that such a public "trial" would either "rescue" me from the lake of fire or "receive" what God would reveal. Indeed, "let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged." (Romans 3:4c-g.) Indeed, I only ask that all follow the words of the Lord Jesus in John 7:24: "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment."
And as a testimony that all may witness the grace in my walk, I here include the following letter. It is included to demonstrate the kind of love with which I operate as an example unto all. Indeed, anyone who would call people to repent (as I, indeed, have been called to so call in times past) must also be able to be reproved and to repent themselves. Such ones also must grant mercy to those they call to repent. If not, hypocrisy discredits the very ones who do the calling to repentance! Indeed, as I have in the past, I have repented of errors when shown them. And I would grant mercy to anyone I have called or would call to repent. If one asked for a "trial", I would grant it. Wherefore do I ask for a "trial" myself "before all the church".
And the following is offered as a testimony of the grace that is in me as well as how I would be if I be given such "mercy" by "all the church". Indeed, while the following is specific with one individual (with whom I pray that this bear the fruit of reconciliation), may it also bear testimony as if it was dealing with "all the church".
© December 4, 1996, The Standard Bearer
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