“Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? To his own [M](m)aster he standeth or falleth…” (Romans 14:4)
“One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth everyday alike. Let every man be persuaded in his own mind.” (Romans 14:5)
“Wherfore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments of men?” (Colossians 2:20-22)
We will preface this article by saying, “Be ye holy for [your/our/my] God is Holy.” God has set the standard and that Standard….O that, O so Glorious Standard is our Lord Jesus Christ. We are to strive violently (with all our heart, mind, soul, spirit and body) to become Christ-like. He has, He does and He is providing us all with the graces to reach that goal of Christ-likeness, in fact, we have been predestined to that blessed likeness…[Side note how are you doing in that area?] God has made you and i, partakers of the [His] divine nature (2 Peter 1) and He has already blest us with all Spiritual Blessings (Ephesians 1) in the (3rd) Third Person of the Divine Godhead, The Holy Spirit of God, which was in Christ. We have been infused with Holiness, and all the graces that are of God. We must…we must…. for God’s sake…for Christ’s sake …for our sake, we must appropriate these graces by the irrepressable faith that God has given us!!!
We are not and will not (DV) ever speak against God’s Standard of Righteousness and Holiness. We will, however, speak against the power and control some “ministers” have manifested under the guise of standards. And we will have a good time doing it!
When the people of God see ministries erring in the the Name of Christ, they must, they must point it out. They must…we must point out all fatted and golden calves that have and are taking God’s Holy Name in Vain! Example: A group of God’s remnant standing outside Joel Osteen’s church each week decrying, as Jeremiah did, the false prophet. Also the evil and hate-filled “(b)aptist church of vileness that manifests their repugnant presence by spewing evil at the funerals of military families, their mouths must be muted…not by violence of any kind, but by the Good Words of the Gospel. While it is true that God does hate, we are called to speak upon His love. It is His love that draws out the persons and people that will repent, believe, love and obey.
The people of God must not bow down to the standards or doctrines of man or men. NO!, these types replace God’s Standard(s) with their opinions, which grow into man made standards, which, in turn, grow into Biblical Doctrine and God’s will. It all started in the garden. (s)atan asked Eve, ” Hast God said?” Eve replied, with something like, I’m not to eat of the fruit or even touch it. NO! God did not say anything about touching it. To be fair, it is wisdom that tells us not to touch as it is making a provision for the flesh, but even with that standing. the “Touch not” was the beginning of legalism…legalism, I state it twice like the announcers of a big fight main event name the opponents names twice because the Christ-ian and legalism is a big fight for many.
What are some of these standards that are really power and control in disguise? Here is a list, it’s not exhaustive, but it will do: No pants on women, no short hair on women, no outside work for women, no long hair on boys or men, Man is the dictator of the home and the wife is the submissive servant, No movies, No dancing, no cards, no music, except the right kind…which is the legalistic power and control hungry shepherd’s kind. No reading of certain books, for they use a different Bible for reference, No leather, no fancy cars, no exspensive clothing, no free expression of the individual spirit, which God has wired, no going to other churches, no missing a single service, and above all… NO….. IN…DE…PEN’ DENT THINK…ING ON ANY MATTERS!
Here is an example of the problem with man’s standards, I heard this from another preacher, The standard for modesty: Is a past the knee lengthed dress or skirt with pretty flowers and gold or silver buttons on it modest? What if she were to where a nice pendant on her nice dress, would that be modest? Most would say, “Why! yes, of course, that is a modestly dressed Christ-ian lady.”……BUT…. if you asked an Amish woman her opinion on the same dress, she would say, “She looks like a whore on a Saturday night!” SOOOO? Who’s standard should one follow?
To whom should you give this power and control over you to? Who should decide for you what movie to see? what hair style or length you should have? Who should decide if it is appropriate to have a motor cycle or many Swords hanging in your office? Who is to decide what you taste or drink? Who should tell you, “That’s far to expensive…if you have that kind of money, you should give it to the church instead.” As the owls of Narnia would say, ” WHO…WHO…WHO…Who?
The answer is given in Scripture. Paul said, “Have thy faith to thyself.” He means, do as you please, within God’s boundaries. Paul also charged us to stand in the liberty, wherewith Christ has made us FREE.” Paul also said, “God has given us richly, all things to enjoy.” Paul calls the Christ-ian, “God’s freeman.” John said, (paraphrase) If your conscience is clean, go on. Augustine said, “Love God and do as you please.” But, Paul…Paul also said “all things are lawful to me, but all things are not expedient unto me, and I will not be brought under the power of any thing.” Peter tells us not to use our liberty as a cloak of licentiousness or in other words, use not or think of your salvation as a license to sin. NO! NO! NO!….With our liberty and freedom we are to do right and to live holy lives unto God. “Then,” you may ask, “What about all the stuff you wrote above?” I would reply with a question. Do you view those things as unholy by God’s standards or are they unholy by the power and control hungry ministers of legalsim? Do those things bother your conscience? Is your conscience subject to God or the control hungy minister?
You see, what it all comes down to is love God, stay within God’s decreed boundaries and do as you please, for it is all by God’s grace and the liberty that our Champion, Lord Jesus has won for each of us. As to the grace-killing, power and control hungry “ministers”,…well, as Elizebeth Bennett’s mother said, Let [em] hang…figuratively speaking, of course.
A perspective: The lost or unsaved will lie, steal, and kill to keep their idea of freedom; we on the other hand, have been made free (not set free, but made free) by our Lord and Master. One who has been set free can be taken captive again, but… one who has been made free is free in deed, for he is God’s liberated, Free Man…………….Stand fast in that liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.