“Thou Shall Not Be A Pest” (Know Thy Self Part 5)

“It’s none of your business.”   You hear this all the time and probably have said it to someone who is a real pain in the rear.  Nevertheless, is there a “holy” way to put a stop on these reckless pests from messing with other people’s turf?  Some people just don’t know how to stay out of other’s mess, and they foolishly refuse to just stick with their own mess. 

 The same is true with a few self-proclaimed “guardian of truth” who are zealously messing around with the church.  Some of them have the aura of having the only right interpretation of the Bible.  Surprisingly enough, they facade themselves as serious researchers of scriptures while attacking those who differ from their biblical insights especially on minor issues that doesn’t really affect one’s salvation in Christ.  They publish books after books slandering gifted and men of faith whom God mightily uses in the Body of Christ.  Evidently, they have one in common – they are furious and enraged. 

 As a result of their theological doctrine motivated by fear, they placed God in a box.  Ultimately, they have defined God based on their life experiences.  And their way of escape from facing reality is simply invoking the sovereignty of God to justify their difficult situation in life.  Unknowingly, they rather surrender and accept defeat than fighting the good fight of faith.  No wonder they could not stand someone who preaches positive faith when healing from sickness or disease seems impossible to see.

 But what is their right to judge a member of the church, who was called by God to do a special assignment from God.  Don’t they know that God can even make the stones or rocks to start praising him if nobody does?  The truth is some members of the body of Christ were called to do exceptional task to build, edify, and prepare the church for Christ coming.  

 Obviously, the body of Christ, the church is comprised of believers from all over the world.  It has many members and distinctively different from each other.  Each has a unique role to play for the furtherance of God’s kingdom here on earth. 

  •  “A body is made up of many parts, and each of them has its own use.  That’s how it is with us.  There are many of us, but we each are part of the body of Christ, as well as part of one another.”  (Romans 12:4-5 CEV)
  •  “… It takes many parts to make a single body.  That’s why the eyes cannot say they don’t need the hands. That’s also why the head cannot say it doesn’t need the feet. …God put our bodies together in such a way that even the parts that seem the least important are valuable.  He did this to make all parts of the body work together smoothly, with each part caring about the others. If one part of our body hurts, we hurt all over. If one part of our body is honored, the whole body will be happy.”  (1 Corinthians 12:19-27 CEV)

 Here is a very interesting incident when Jesus was about to return to his heavenly throne.  One early morning at the sea shore, Jesus had a breakfast with his disciples for the last time.  There he told Peter to care for his sheep (his followers).  Nevertheless, Peter asked something that really annoyed Jesus. 

  •  “Peter turned around and saw behind them the disciple Jesus loved – the one who had leaned over to Jesus during supper and asked, “Lord, who will betray you?”  Peter asked Jesus, “What about him, Lord?”   Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?  As for you, follow me.”  So the rumor spread among the community of believers that this disciple wouldn’t die.  But that isn’t what Jesus said at all.  He only said,”If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”  (John 21:20-22 NLT) 

 The story above tells us that Jesus was somewhat got irritated when Peter asked about John’s business.   Jesus replied to Peter, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”  In short, Jesus was telling Peter that it was none of his business to mess around with John’s business, because Jesus has other plans for John.  Therefore, Peter should stop being a pest.

 The same is true with these people who maliciously slander other members of the church.   They keep messing around with men of God who were given unique assignments by God.  It is for the good health of the church if they should just stop, and start doing what they were supposed to be doing for the edification of the body of Christ.  The fact is you can’t edify someone by making disparaging remarks about somebody. 

 In reality, money is the motivation of attacking another preacher or pastor.   The attacker writes a so called “controversial” book and expects the whole world to buy it – easy money from the pit of hell.    

By the way, how do you know if a person claims to be working for the Lord?  He does it by love, because God is love.  And how do you know if a person works for money?  His main focus is to make more money for himself.  Just to remind everyone who preaches and teaches the Gospel of Christ – the Gospel IS NOT FOR SALE.  Freely you received, freely you give. 

And please, stop being a pest.

  •  “He makes the whole body fit together perfectly.  As each part does its own special work.  It helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.”  (Ephesians 4:16 NLT)
  •  “So why do you condemn another believer?  Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.”  (Romans 14:10 NLT)
  •  “So let’s stop condemning each other.  Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.” (Romans 14:13 NLT)
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