CAC Friday Communiqué for May 21, 2010 by Pastor Don Haymon
1 Corinthians 5:11–13 (AMPLIFIED VERSION)
11 But now I write to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of [Christian] brother if he is known to be guilty of immorality or greed, or is an idolater [whose soul is devoted to any object that usurps the place of God], or is a person with a foul tongue [railing, abusing, reviling, slandering], or is a drunkard or a swindler or a robber. [No] you must not so much as eat with such a person.
12 What [business] of mine is it and what right have I to judge outsiders? Is it not those inside [the church] upon whom you are to pass disciplinary judgment [passing censuring sentence on them as the facts require]?
13 God alone sits in judgment on those who are outside. Drive out that wicked one from among you [expel him from your church].
Folks, take a minute to read the paragraph below. It was written by Bishop Paul Mooney, of Calvary Tabernacle, an Apostolic Pentecostal church in Indianapolis, Indiana:
“If one doubts that there exists growing anti-holiness, anti-doctrine, and anti-Bible rhetoric, please listen more carefully. Social network pages are filled with self-loathing Pentecostal young people and self-anointed, self -defined cool preachers, who will mock those who attempt to call attention to blurring lines between righteousness and worldliness. I am not into Facebook or others, but my wife enjoys these venues and surely they are filled with ex-pentecostals who apparently despise the message of truth and even their raising. I could name more than one preacher among these who once stood strong and tall but now they are blinded by delusion. Forums are a new venue for this preacher and what a shock, to find those who profess to be one god preachers , yet become rabid when confronted with the old message of holiness and will even call men of God who have stood for truth for a lifetime, a false prophet and purveyor of falsehood.” (Perspectives Magazine, Vol. 20/No. 5)
If you are not into Internet social networks, specifically Facebook, this article won’t mean much to you. If you are a Holy Ghost-filled saint of God, endeavoring to keep your friendly social circles clean and pure, read on…
HOW CAN WE CLEANSE OUR SOCIAL NETWORKS? By listening to and obeying the Word of God (Psalms 119:9). According to 1 Corinthians 5, many who call themselves “Christians” should be removed from our associations. The passage says, not to keep company with those who claim to be Christians yet fail in the following test of fellowship. The words, “keep company,” (verse 11, KJV) mean “to associate with one another, involving joint activity, and usually implying some kind of reciprocal relation or involvement.” This is a perfect present-day warning that easily pertains to Facebook, particularly “friends,” and “friends lists.”
From the referenced passage, here’s a concise, compact checklist to help us both whittle down our existing lists and determine who to admit as future friends:
1) Do they consider themselves to be Spirit-filled but are immoral, living outside the sacred confines of Biblical marriage, and “bend” (root meaning of fornicate) the truth to suit themselves?
2) Do they consider themselves to be Spirit-filled but make or twist God and Bible doctrines to their own carnal liking? (This is idolatry at its most deceptive level.) Look at their spiritual alignments. Are they based on Biblical standards of right-living, internally and externally?
3) Do they consider themselves to be Spirit-filled but have a tongue (or a blog, keyboard, photo gallery, etc.) that is inconsistent with or in opposition to Godly wholesomeness? What are the qualities of communication that are unacceptable in Christian interchange? Railing and extorting. These are KJV words for slandering and swindling. Such a “friend,” allowed to express his or her opinion of things pertaining to God can only be misleading at best and predatory at worst.
4) Do they consider themselves to be Spirit-filled but drink alcoholic beverages?
IF THE ANSWER IS “YES” for any of the above with regard to Facebook friends, we have a Bible mandate to discontinue fellowship, even association. Such people don’t belong in our circle of “friends.”
Alternatively, seek out those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. Make them your friends. The lost, the outcast, the lonely, the unbeliever, these, understood for their spiritual inadequacies, will only be a threat to the truly Spirit-filled if they are allowed to “weigh in” or exert any influence whatsoever in spiritual or lifestyle matters. Share the Gospel with them and befriend them like Jesus did the sinners of His day.
Thank you for your concern and simple obedience to the Word of God.
In the ever-advancing onslaught of the forces of evil and Satanic schemes, the least we can do is to Socialize Responsibly.
REMINDERS VIA SPEEDY BULLETS:
- You’re invited to Calvary Academy Field Day at Cherry Creek State Park, Friday, May 21st, at 11:30 AM. It will be followed by Hugh Avant’s Famous Crawfish Boil!
- CAC-Wide Spring Fling is Saturday, May 22nd, from 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM. This is a new twist to our previously held annual yard sale. We anticipate this being another great opportunity for us to meet people in our neighborhood and for outreach in our community. We need YOUR help to make this event a success! C U there!
- SUNDAY 10:00 AM & 6:30 PM – Worship and the Word
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5900 East Yale Avenue, Denver, CO 80222-6337