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Pastoral 2013

Who Are Those To Be Avoided?

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The following list of people with bad behaviour and sinful practices are mentioned in the Bible as disorderly Christians. If anyone who professes to be a Christian is found behaving as such in the following biblical list, he warrants our withdrawal from him. “Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you” (2 Thessalonians 3:6-7).

  • Busybody persons (2 Thessalonians 3:11): These are those who meddle with the affairs of others instead of attending to their own duties. They pry into other people’s circumstances and domestic affairs, and tell tales about them by magnifying, minimizing, or misrepresenting. Seeing that some Thessalonians had such a tendency, Paul commanded them, in his earlier epistle, to “do [their] own business” (1 Thessalonians 4:11).
  • Lazy and irresponsible persons (2 Thessalonians 3:11). This often leads to other sins. As it was in the case of the Thessalonians, idleness is the mother of busybodies. Even today, we see this to be the case. People, who have too much free time, leaving their own household matters to others, go about as busybodies and often become tattlers.
  • Fornicator” (1 Corinthians 5:11): This is a man who lives in sexual sins. The word ‘fornicator’ is translated from the Greek word pornos from which the English word ‘pornography’ originates. It is descriptive of a man who lives a sensual, immoral life.
  • Covetous” (1 Corinthians 5:11): This is a materialistic person whose life is driven by greed. The love of money and material glory characterises his life’s passions and pursuits. In his philosophy, wealth supersedes truth, mercy and righteousness.
  • Idolater” (1 Corinthians 5:11): This is a man who still engages in other religious feasts and festivals, even though he claims to be a Christian.
  • Railer” (1 Corinthians 5:11): This is a person who speaks reproachfully of others. He abuses others with coarse, rude, harsh and bitter words. He vilifies other men’s character and hurts their feelings. Railers take pleasure in maligning people, no matter how honest and upright their lives may be.
  • Drunkard” (1 Corinthians 5:11): He is also known as a winebibber. This man takes to intoxicating drinks, which corrupt his thinking and behaviour.
  • Extortioner” (1 Corinthians 5:11): This is a man who swindles others. He robs and cheats others of their possessions. He is also a violent and rapacious person.
  • Schismatic persons (Romans 16:17; 1 Timothy 6:5; 2 John 10): These men “cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned”. They attempt to cause factions within the church. They usurp the authority of godly leaders and oppose the biblical doctrines that they teach. They who attempt to form parties in the churches are commonly actuated by some evil or ambitious design.
  • Self-promoting persons (3 John 9-11): These are men who impatiently expel other brethren from the fellowship in order to establish themselves in the leadership. They always promote their own preeminence at the expense of others. They seek only their own pleasure and prominence.

 

 

 

Emails Received

 

1. Silver Jubilee Greetings

 

Dear Rev Dr Prabhudas Koshy & Session of Gethsemane BPC,

Greetings in the blessed name of our risen Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

We are very glad and thankful to receive your letter of invitation to Gethsemane BPC’s Silver Jubilee Thanksgiving Service and Dinner.

Although we cannot join you on your special and joyous occasion due to our church activities during Easter, we rejoice with you and give thanks and praise to the Lord for His grace, strength, guidance and blessings upon you for the past 25 years despite a lot of challenges and difficulties. We are very much encouraged by your faithful and fruitful ministry.

May the Lord be with you and richly bless your 25th anniversary events in March 2013, namely the Gospel Rally, Public Lectures on “The Doctrine of the Church” and GBPC 25th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service & Dinner.

May the Lord continue to use you to shine for His Truth and to spread His Gospel far and wide in these last days of compromise, confusion, doubt, deception and apostasy.

Faithfully yours in Christ,
Hien Nguyen
On behalf of Brisbane BPC

 

Emails Received

 

2. In Appreciation for Bible Witness

 

The following email forwarded to us by an FEBC student, Jose, contains a note of thanksgiving from an American Baptist missionary in Japan, Robert Kluttz.

 

Dear Dr Koshy and Preacher Dennis,

Greetings! May this will be an encouragement to you from Rev Robert Kluttz (message below). He got the Bible Witness magazine through Bro Yamazaki who came here during the first week of FEBC classes. Thank you. Jose


 

Thanks for the publications that Yamazaki gave me yesterday... If you will check out these 3 articles in the Nov- Dec 2012 issue of Bible Witness, I think you will be blessed greatly and possibly helped in your quest for God’s perfect will in the days that lie ahead:

Unprofitability of the World (Koshy) p. 3
If the World Hate You (Koshy) p. 16
Nonconformity to the World (Kabingue) p. 20

Please tell these dear brethren that I really appreciate their strong and uncompromising message for this age of “flabby Christianity” in which we live, and MAY THEIR TRIBE INCREASE (!!!)

Joe, if I were in your shoes, I would count it an extreme privilege to be identified with such beloved brethren and stand together with them (2 Tim 2.7). God bless!
A bro in Christ, Kluttz.