What? Do some say I am being presumptuous here? What did the Lord Jesus say? "For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. ...Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me." (Matthew 25:42-43,45c-e.)
Does that not answer that question? I have come unto the Body as I have been called of the Lord (for I am nothing and He is all). Yet, for my loving, willful obedience unto God, I have been repeatedly mistreated by the very ones who should be loving me. All the writings at my own hand have been for the purpose of calling men to the spirit and truth, in love and Scripture.
But what has been my recompense from those who profess a form of godliness? When faced with revealed truth, their response has been that of anger unto unkind rebuke or rejection. Rather than come to me with questions, they dismiss such writings out of hand, only because they do not understand. Those who have thought that I have been in error have not ever come unto me with love and Scripture. But they do not discern that I "speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth". (1_Corinthians 2:13[a]-c.) This is not because I am anything (for I am nothing), but because God is all and His will is what He will. (Would any say otherwise? God forbid.)
Still yet, however, if I were, indeed, the one who does "err from the truth" (James 5:19[b]), then it would be the obligation of those who truly walk in the Spirit to come unto me with love and Scripture. Were I in such error, it is required, yes commanded, of them that they love me enough to "converteth the sinner from the error of his way ((and thereby they would)) save ((my)) soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins." (James 5:20b-c.) But because they do not, are they manifesting the Fruit of the Spirit? To rebuke or reject me out of hand, is that, truly, any evidence of love and Scripture? I think not.
As it was written in 1_John 4:20, 5:2, 4:21: "If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen ((or has the ability to see)), how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
"By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
"And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also."
Furthermore, if one does not so love, then 1_John 4:16b-d reveals much also. "God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him." If one does not so love, then one does not dwell in God, and neither does God dwell in that one.
O how I would that that be not so! Yet the evidence is clear. I have loved and yet been sorely rebuked and rejected, only because I am called to drive the children of God unto love and Scripture! For my love, they have not sought to help me out of my prison, but rather that they would that I so remain. Moreover, they have justified their beliefs against me on the false basis that, if I were supposedly truly of God, then God would have freed me from this my financial prison already.
But the Scriptures reveal that their justifications are false. Such ones are "destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness". (1_Timothy 6:5b-c.) Wherefore, their hearts are revealed by 1_John 3:17: "But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?" Again, indeed, the evidence of the lack of love is made manifest beyond argument. But I say this not in personal regret, for "godliness with contentment is great gain." (1_Timothy 6:6.) Rather, my imprisonment remains as a glaring testimony against those who have created such false justifications, operating with such a lack of love. Likewise, it is also as a testimony unto those who would falsely accuse me of exploitation and "filthy lucre".
Therefore and as such, I have, clearly, not been in error. If it were so, they would have been able to come and correct me. But because they lack the Scripture to justify their manmade doctrines, they have nothing with which to correctly correct me (if I had been wrong). And because they lack love to enquire the meaning of that which I have been called to write, they have nothing with which to correctly correct me (if I had been wrong). Such a lack of love and Scripture (either way) does bring a great sadness upon my heart.
© April 4, 1996, The Standard Bearer
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