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Rebuke a Wise Man

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“Do not correct a fool or he will hate you; correct a wise man and he will appreciate you.” – Proverbs 9:8

Do you love God? I’m sure you do.

Do you love your church pastor?
Ah, maybe you have to think about that question some more. You see, too many Christians do not fully recognize that their local church pastor  or elder is God’s representative and spiritual authority over your life. They have been given the responsibility to look after you…to teach you and disciple you and protect you from straying away from God’s flock or making mistakes that will hurt your relationship with Jesus Christ.

Your local church pastor is your overseer (1 Peter 5:12). His is the ruling shepherd in the church and is accountable to God for you under the “Chief Shepherd” Jesus Christ. Their job is to feed you the Word of God, guide you in your spiritual walk, and guard over your souls.

Loving Reproof

It is also a pastor’s job to correct you when you’re doing something wrong. Some believers don’t like this part of a pastor’s function, but it is a biblical fact. Reproof and rebuke is often necessary for all of us. When your pastor reproves you, don’t get angry at him or falsely accuse him of being unloving. If he cares enough to correct you, he is demonstrating the same love that God has for you:

“For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son [or daughter] He receives.” – Hebrews 12:6

The Greek word used here for “chastening” is paideia. It not only carries the nuances of “discipline,” “rebuke,” and “correction,” but also the positive connotation of “training” and “guiding instruction” by a loving parent to bring their son or daughter to mature adulthood.

When a pastor chastens us for something that needs to be corrected in our lives, we should do the right and wise thing and accept his correction with humility. We should recognize that He loves us and desires to see us achieve our fullest potential in Christ.

“Reprove not a fool, lest he hate you.” The fool, on the other hand, does not respond well to reproof or discipline. He faints when being rebuked and becomes angry and resentful towards his pastor or God. The fool is destined to never learn from his mistakes or reach any spiritual maturity. Some are so prideful they will actually leave the church when reproved and fall away from God.

”… rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.”

The wise Christian doesn’t get their feelings hurt when reproved by their pastor because he regards the Lord’s discipline as evidence of his pastor’s love and concern. He sees God’s grace and commitment to us as our Father in his actions.

” Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them who are trained by it.” – Hebrews 12:11

When we receive correction from those in church authority – such as a pastor or elder, instead of getting mad, let us remember the admonition of Jesus who declared that whom He loves, He rebukes. Instead of sulking in self-pity, let us repent quickly and learn to love reproof.

” As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.“ – Revelation 3:19

– Luis Josephus

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Why am I being persecuted?

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you.” – 1 Peter 4:12

"For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong." —2 Corinthians 12:10

“For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” —2 Corinthians 12:10

Are you suffering for the sake of Christ? Do people put you down, invent lies about you, mock you, or simply avoid you because you’re a Christian? Does it hurt you to be treated in this manner unjustly? Remember that our Lord Jesus was treated the same way. He said, “They hate me without a cause” (John 15:25).

Instead of getting discouraged or feeling wounded about it, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing this, that the trying of your faith produces patience (James 1:2-3). Those who live godly in Christ will suffer persecution (2 Timothy 2:12).

Persecution is the lot of every devoted believer.

Jesus said that our reward will be great: “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you, when men revile you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. “ – Matthew 5:10-12

Do not think it strange when you are being persecuted without a legitimate cause. Those who uphold God’s standard of truth, justice and purity and refuse to compromise with this present evil world will undergo persecution in one form or another.

The first reason is that you are a threat to Satan and his demonic kingdom of darkness. Your Christian witness is a light that exposes his evil purposes and convicts those the devil controls.

Secondly, God permits persecution to make you stronger and further develop your faith and character. Persecution is also evidence that you have a strong anointing and presence upon your life. It is a high and holy calling to be chosen of God. The devil knows this and will fight you every which way he can in order to keep you from fulfilling your destiny in Christ.

“If you are reproached for the name of Christ, happy are you, for the spirit of glory and of God rests upon you…” – 1 Peter 4:14.

Be certain, warns the apostle Peter, that you are not suffering because of your own wrongdoing or as a gossip or a busybody or a thief or an evil doer and call it “religious persecution” (1 Peter 4:15). But if any man suffers because of his good Christian witness, let him rejoice and not be discouraged; let him glorify God that has counted you worthy of being a partaker in Christ’s sufferings.

Although trials and persecutions may be emotionally and even physically painful for the moment, remember to take comfort that we are suffering because of our loyalty and faithfulness to our Lord and Savior. It is a sign of the genuineness of our devotion and the great reward that awaits us when Christ returns.

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you…The servant is not greater than his Lord. If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you…” – John 15:19-20.

True followers of Christ will suffer persecution from those who belong to Satan’s world because we are fundamentally different than they are, and at spiritual odds with the world. Jesus admonishes us to rejoice that we are “not of the world” and have “come out of the world.”

  • Pastor Luis Yosefus

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Do I need to be water baptized to be saved?

I recently received a letter from a dear Christian sister who wrote:

“I have a very important question for you. We recently moved to Springfield Missouri and a man has visited us from the Church of Christ. He claims that the Bible says that we are not saved until we are baptized in water. I have always understood that we are saved when we believe, and that we are only baptized because it is to be our first act of obedience as a Christian. He stands on the verse that says: “Repent and be baptized for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38). I am standing on the verse that we are “saved by grace through faith, not by works” (Ephesians 2:8-9). What are your thoughts?

I responded to her as follows:

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“You are absolutely right: We are saved by grace through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-10). Water baptism does not wash away sin – only the blood of Jesus can take away our sins.  The Church of Christ, and other such denominations teach the false doctrine known as ‘Baptismal Regeneration’ (i.e. that a person is not truly saved unless they are water baptized). The Bible never supports this notion; neither did the apostles or early Christian church. This man-made doctrine was introduced in the Church many hundreds of years later and has created much debate among believers.”

Tragically, after almost two thousand years of Christian history, there is a vast amount of religious confusion (Babel) among the various Christian sects on this important subject. One Christian denomination believes one thing, while another believes something else; some churches fully immerse the believer, while others merely “sprinkle” the forehead. The average follower can be easily confused and exasperated – not knowing what the truth really is, and even doubting their own salvation.

Water baptism after conversion is simply an outward display (symbolism) of the spiritual cleansing that has occurred inwardly – inside of us when we have repented of our sins and accepted Christ [Messiah] as our Savior and Lord. It also provides us the opportunity to publicly testify of our new faith in Christ. The correct method of baptism is by full immersion as exampled by John the Baptizer and Jesus our Lord.

 

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

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The Royal Law of Love

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Have you ever heard the expression “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”? It might surprise you to know that there is no such scripture in the Bible. There is one scripture that expresses the same idea. Jesus  said in Matthew 7:12:

“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”

Jesus was teaching us that the entire Bible could be encapsulated into the important principle of being loving, kind, merciful, generous, considerate, forgiving, etc. towards others. Elsewhere Jesus declared that the two greatest commandments in the entire Bible was to love God with all our hearts, and our neighbor as ourselves. In regards to our neighbor our Lord said, we should treat others as we would want others to treat us.

This Royal Law of Love summarizes the way God would have us to live in as Christians. As we practice loving others as ourselves we will automatically be keeping many of the other commandments as well. The apostle James also put it this way:

“If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ you do well.” – James 2:8

James continues, “But the wisdom that is far above (from God) is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” – James 2:17

If you want to know how to please God and live a fruitful Christian life, keep the Royal Law of Love and you shall do well.

– Pastor Luis Yosefus

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Jesus Gets Angry

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Some people have a hard time with the idea of Jesus getting angry.

Since we believe He was the sinless Son of God, our mental association of anger with sin, makes it difficult to believe Jesus really had an outburst of wrath when He overturned the tables of the moneychangers. But the fact is, He did. There is a time and place for anger – if it is justified and controlled. It is possible to get angry without sinning. The apostle Paul spoke about this in the Book of Ephesians:

“Be angry, and sin not; do not let the sun go down on your wrath.” – Ephesians 4:26

The problem with anger is that, most of us, usually get angry in a manner that is uncontrolled. When that happens, it becomes sin. We also have a tendency to brood over our anger, which turns into resentment and bitterness. If you’re going to get angry, you must do it in a controlled way (where it is not sinful) and get over it quickly – before the sun goes down at the end of that day.

This is the controlled manner in which Jesus got angry in the Jewish temple.

“And the Jews’ Passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a whip of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; And said to them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.”– John 2:13-16

Jesus teaches in the temple

“‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves!” – Matthew 21:13

Jesus had good reason to get angry. The religious leaders in the temple had established a moneymaking business for themselves of exchanging foreign money for Jewish currency. They had decreed that nothing but Tirian Shekels 1 would be allowed as acceptable currency in the temple (Every year, a Jewish man, 20 years old and older, paid a voluntary half shekel Temple tax to the Jerusalem Temple. This tax, was instituted by Moses – Ex 30:11–16). Jesus was also angry about the selling of animals in the temple for the animal sacrifices.

No doubt this “religious profiteering” made Jesus really mad. I believe Jesus gets really mad about the same kind of religious profiteering that goes on in the Christian churches today. You see a lot of this on the religious TV channels and Christian media. Just about every ministry is trying to sell you something in exchange for teaching you the Word of God. From Christian books, tapes, DVD’s, music CD’s, Bibles, magazines, and all sorts of Christian trinkets. It really makes me sick to my stomach to see this kind of blatant huckstering going on under the pretense of “fundraising”.

When Jesus got angry with the religious leaders it was righteous anger over their merchandising of His Father’s house. He became indignant watching the religious leaders (who knew better) polluting the temple of God with their moneymaking enterprises. In fulfillment of Old Testament Messianic prophecy, the “zeal” of Jesus “for God’s house did eat Him up!” (Psalm 69:9). From that time, Jesus essentially “declared war” on the hypocritical religious leaders, and exercised His authority as the Son of God to clean up the corruption. The religious establishment didn’t take this lightly. More than ever, Jesus was a threat to their apostate leadership, and they began to plot how to kill Jesus.

A godly remnant.

Despite rampant religious hypocrisy and apostasy, God always has a godly and faithful remnant in all ages. There were still many in Israel who truly loved God and revered His temple, even though most of the religious leaders were false shepherds who exploited the people of God and used their priestly (ministerial) positions to make a fat salary, and even get rich.

Have things really changed today? I don’t believe so.

The Christian churches are full of these same kind of false shepherds and the same religious profiteering. If Jesus came back today, I believe He would turn over the tables of the moneychangers once again,  and He would expose many of today’s so-called pastors and preachers for the Pharisaical hypocrites they are.

Now don’t get me wrong — I’m not against Christian leadership. I am a preacher myself. I don’t claim that I am yet perfected (only Jesus is), but I’m trying to walk faithfully before the Lord and allowing Him to make me more like Him everyday. I also know of other godly ministers that are doing likewise, and I would happily endorse their ministries. However, I also see many pastors and preachers who are not at all sincere; they are the bad apples in the bunch, and the ones who give Christianity a bad name among the unsaved, and cause other believers to stumble.

Like Jesus, I also get angry with what I see going on in God’s house, and I am not afraid to speak my mind about it. I also encourage the body of Christ to be good stewards of their prayers and financial support of preachers, churches, and ministries. There are still many who are doing the work of God faithfully. But there are also many that I wouldn’t even “give the time of day to” in support of their ministries. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you discernment: to show you who to support with your tithes and offerings, and which ones not to.

–         Luis Josephus

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1. Tyrian shekels (Tyrian tetradrachmas) were coins of Tyre, which in the Roman Empire took on an unusual role as the medium of payment for the Temple tax in Jerusalem, and subsequently gained notoriety as a likely mode of payment for Judas Iscariot. The coins bore the likeness of the Phoenician god Melqart or Baal, accepted as the Olympian Herakles by the Greeks and derided as Beelzebub by Jews in the time of the Seleucids, wearing the laurel reflecting his role in the Tyrian games and the Ancient Olympics.[1] These coins, the size of a modern Israeli half-shekel, were minted in Israel, but were required to bear this image by the Romans to avoid accusations that the Jews were given autonomy.[2] They were replaced by First Jewish Revolt coinage in 66 AD.
The Tyrian shekel weighed four Athenian drachmas, about 14 grams, more than earlier 11-gram Israeli shekels, but was regarded as the equivalent for religious duties at that time.[3] Because Roman coinage was only 80% silver, the purer (94% or more) Tyrian shekels were required to pay the temple tax in Jerusalem, but were exchanged by moneychangers in the temple for coins with the approved priestly image
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyrian_shekel

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Jesus, At The Cross You Shed Your Blood for Me

Oh Lord You’ve searched me, You know my way. Even If fail You, I know You love me.
Your holy presence, Surrounding me in every season. I know You love me, I know You love me. At the cross I bow my knee, Where Your blood was shed for me. There’s no greater love than this. You have overcome the grave, Your glory fills the highest place. What can separate me now?

You go before me, You shield my way. Your hand upholds me. I know You love me.

At the cross I bow my knee…

You tore the veil, You made a way, When You said that it is done.

And when the earth fades, falls from my eyes, You stand before me. I know You love me, I know You love me.

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