May 282010
 

Ҧ Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.
And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him,
as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.
You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability.
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”
(2 Peter 3:14–18 ESV)

I have held to wrong doctrine at times in my Christian journey.

Rumor has it that I hold to some now.

Paul can be hard to understand and Jesus doesn’t always answer in black and white or yes and no.

I’ve never held to any damnable error, but error is error.

I’ll never have it all down and neither will you or anyone else.

That’s because we’re not home yet…we’re growing.

Growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord.

We started with a limited understanding at one point and we move past that point and keep growing in our understanding until we are glorified.

We see in part…

What I would have wrote or preached ten years ago would sound different today…I thought I had it down then.

Now…not so much.

I affirm the creeds and confessions common to the church and understand beyond those that there will be places of disagreement.

We can disagree on these secondary matters with one of two attitudes toward each other…either with an attitude of love and openness to searching the Scriptures together or one of suspicion.

One will be blessed of God to bring light, one will bring division and strife.

One facilitates growth, one damns the same out of fear.

Fear produces anger, anger produces strife and division.

I don’t have to fear being wrong…Jesus forgives that and He promises that if I follow Him I’ll end up right in the end.

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.”
(1 John 4:18 ESV)

We love each other when we allow for growth, when we disagree with grace, and our only objective is truth.

“Love believeth all things—not that the Christian knowingly and willingly allows himself to be imposed upon—not that he divests himself of prudence and judgment, that he may be the more easily taken advantage of—not that he unlearns the way of distinguishing black from white. What then? He requires here, as I have already said, simplicity and kindness in judging of things; and he declares that these are the invariable accompaniments of love. The consequence will be, that a Christian man will reckon it better to be imposed upon by his own kindness and easy temper, than to wrong his brother by an unfriendly suspicion.” Calvin

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  1. It’s a doubleheader today…but Sarah’s is better. 🙂

  2. My thought was that it must have been a LONG week for the PP, and so you are REALLY thankful it is Friday. 🙂

  3. AV,

    You are soooo right about that! 🙂

  4. Michael,

    Great article. So is this guy “growing”?

    MEDIA ALERT

    WHO: Ted Haggard, founder of the New Life Church and former leader of the National Association of Eevangelicals

    WHAT: Repentant Ted Haggard will face the press and media with surprise groundbreaking announcement about his future.

    WHEN: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 2010

    PRESS CHECK-IN: 10:00 AM Local Mountain Time (12PMEastern/1PM /9AM Pacific)

    PRESS CONFERENCE: 10:30AM

    WHERE: HAGGARD FAMILY HOME
    1865 Old Ranch Road
    Colorado Springs, CO 80908

    WHAT ELSE: Before his resignation in 2006, Haggard led 30 million Christian Conservatives spread over 45,000 churches, until a scandal broke that changed his life forever.

    Excommunicated from his church, Ted disappeared into obscurity for the next two years. Now, after three and a half years, Ted is back with a surprising announcement that he will publicly broadcast with his family Wednesday, June 2.

    For more information on Ted Haggard, please visit tedhaggard.com. The Healing Overview has a lot of information in it as well as the balance of the site, “Why I Stayed,” the NYT bestselling book by Gayle Haggard, or the HBO documentary, “The Trials of Ted Haggard

  5. Lets hope so…

    I’m uncomfortable to say the least with the situation, but will sit and watch what transpires with an attitude of hope.

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