Re: Chaplains Corner
We do not have a list of “beliefs” at my church. We have no code of conduct, no dress code, no man-made list of things which you are expected to do. Instead, we rely 100% on the Bible for all our guidance. I have a problem with those lists of man-made do’s and don’ts which are NOT found in scripture. I have noticed one thing in particular about them, though. The do’s will include all those things which the person who wrote the list usually does, and the don’ts usually list all those activities which the writer of the list does not like doing anyway.
The ability to be objective is a rare thing indeed; we almost always filter the world through a pair of glasses that are our own prescription. As a result, the areas in which we expect others to be consistent are those areas in which we have no trouble with being consistent. If certain sins are no problem for us, we cannot understand how in the world they could be a problem for anyone else. Of course, the sins with which we struggle are sins which require the utmost patience and understanding from our brothers and sisters (either that, or we take the easy way out by simply hiding our sins and praying that no one ever finds them out).
The Word of God gives us complete guidance regarding sin and sinners. Just a few of the verses are:
Proverbs 20:9 (KJV); "Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?"
Romans 14:13 (GWT); "So let's stop criticizing each other. Instead, you should decide never to do anything that would make other Christians have doubts or lose their faith."
Romans 15:1(KJV); "We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves."
Galatians 6:1(NCV); "Brothers and sisters, if someone in your group does something wrong, you who are spiritual should go to that person and gently help make him right again. But be careful, because you might be tempted to sin, too."
If we follow the guidance given us in the Word of God, we will find that we don’t need no stinking man made lists!
I have a small sign on the bulletin board in the back of my church which reads:
The opinions of the PREACHER in this church are not necessarily those of the MANAGEMENT -
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.