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Questionable circumstances are a red flag

 

Stay away from a preacher who never takes time off even if ill/old, who insists on dealing with certain people - that’s a red flag! Questionable circumstances are a red flag believers have to look out for.

Here is how the gospel works; you’re told the news first and then you relay it to others. Never claim ownership of it, instead pass it on, share and never enforce it upon a generation.

Treating it as if it is yours is corruption or abuse of the delegated powers.
Remember Rome was not built in one day, meaning the gospel is a complex task, it takes all our efforts, and great achievement takes time and effort and should not be rushed.

So you pass it own to show that you have understood the gospel. No generation claims supremacy, the fathers passed it own to their sons (kings), prophets to other prophets too, and to Jesus, and Jesus to the apostles (Holy Ghost), and the apostles to us and so forth.
I like how John puts it, he said, "I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose," John 1:26-27.
Yes, revival has probably not come with us, but is coming with those after us.

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  1. Red flags for bribery and corruption in the church!

    God has spoken, "that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption," 1 Corinthians 15:50.

    How so? Simple, "he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life," Galatians 6:8.

    God wants you, that through the spirit He has given to us, that you become "partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust," 2 Peter 1:4.

    Through this post I want you to be able to identify corruption for yourself, and manage the risk of it. Know how you can protect yourself against bribery and corruption that at the moment is thriving in the Church.

    First, I will define bribery, then tell you what corruption means. Why bribery? Because many believers probably don’t know when, how and who they are bribed with.

    Paul says, "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life," Galatians 6:7-8.

    Now, bribery is a form of corruption, committed when a person offers, gives or promises to give financial or other advantages in return for the recipient performing a relevant function or activity improperly. It is wrong though, to reward another person for improper behaviour.

    Improper behaviour is anything illegal, unethical or a breach of duty. Do you know that calling some a man of God, apostle, prophet is another form of rewarding someone? Jesus said, "Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ,"Matthew 23:9-10. In chapter 19, "behold, one came and said to Him, "Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?" So He said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments," Matthew 19:16-17. Some believers don’t see any wrongdoing, and for this reason many of us are weak, sick and do sleep. It is wrong to reward another person in an unworthy manner for improper behaviour.

    Corruption, we know that it is abuse of a position of trust inorder to gain an unfair advantage. Let no man deceive you by by any means. Remember, how the man of sin, "opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God," 2 Thessalonians 2:4.

    Now make sure that you keep your eyes open on these red flags, and guard against bribery and corruption in the church.

    It is important for you to know about the background and reputation of the church or people you're fellowshipping with.

    Some have a reputation for previous unethical behaviours and misconduct. Some have blood in their hands, and for personal advantage they have misled many. Jesus said, "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves," Matthew 23:15. You can see how some people are appointed to do a job based on capabilities and normally they do so to demonstrate their expertise in unrighteous ways.

    Make sure you're not being used. You hear me ladies, know corruption when you see it.

    Know how some preachers are men of sin also, and some churches are synagogues of Satan. Some of our preachers may have ties to government, they may be under pressure to act in a corrupt way, so what they serve is to follow recommendations from a government official.

    There are many ways in which bribery and corruption can occur in a church and I can assure you no church is immune.

    Watch ye therefore,

    Simple Gospel Summation

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  2. Let’s all serve God responsibly, and consider if someone is a victim of modern slavery in the Church.
    You will know because they are not free; their behaviour, appearance, communication will tell you that these have been damaged. In some churches, some believers because of fear of the leadership are not able to answer directed questions for themselves.
    Philemon loved to do God’s work, believers came to his house for Church, and he also had faith. But something was at odd - how he treated Onesimus.
    I have noticed how some believers ain’t able to speak for themselves, and if they do speak, they are inconsistent in the information they provide, including basic facts. They’re in a situation of dependence, or they perceive themselves to be in debt to someone else.
    Paul then says to Philemon, “I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten while in my chains, who once was unprofitable to you, but now is profitable to you and to me. I am sending him back. You therefore receive him, that is, my own heart, whom I wished to keep with me, that on your behalf he might minister to me in my chains for the gospel," Philemon 1:10-13
    Philemon’s obedience was encouraged, as would be yours that we treat others no longer as slaves.

    Simple Gospel Summation

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