Sunday, January 23, 2011

Grace to You, Too.

A good word from Sojourns with Jesus on the "MacArthur/Patrick kerfluffle." I can use as many lessons as possible in charitable dealings with others in the body of Christ.

Even the best teachers make misjudgments and misspeak. We all have our own pet ideologies that get passionately defended at times, and then later we wish we had paused and prayerfully considered how we would verbalize our positions on an issue or perhaps even the other person. James knew about even the best teachers making mistakes in the use of their tongues, when he wrote:
James 3 Taming the Tongue: 1 Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check."
Now, if I were a Bible teacher, I probably couldn't go for an entire day before stumbling terribly with regard to the use of the tongue. But, here Dr. MacArthur has offered teaching and guidance for more that forty years at exceedingly high standards and with immense wisdom. The author at Sojourns asks that those who were offended by his comments about Dr. Patrick extend grace to Dr. MacArthur. He offers some excellent points for why doing so is the proper response, as opposed to responding in like manner with raging tongues on their blogs and in their comments.
As an aside, today's sermon was on 1 Cor. 12 - showing honor to the other members of the body. We need one another corporately to build the local church unto Christ, and we need one another universally to reach the lost by using our gifts --- and showing our unity in our federal Head, who is Christ Jesus.  We honor one another when we use our gifts together - as a body, united under Christ. This does not mean that we don't have differences! In fact, we must have them! Everyone cannot be the hand or the eye or the foot. We need each other to use our various gifts in the various acts of service of the church (locally and universally). An excellent and thought-provoking message for all of us today (especially me:).

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