Tue, 10 January 2012
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HOW TO RESOLVE CONFLICTS THE BIBLE WAY
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How to resolve problems dealing with offenses against you, offenses toward others, against children, and against both those inside and outside the church or synagogue. Also, examples of what happens when people put their hands against the anointing and the anointed ones of God.
HOW TO RESOLVE CONFLICTS THE BIBLE WAY
"We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check." [James 3:2]
"Brethren, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted." [Galatians 6:2]
"Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come." [Matthew 18:7]
There are several categories of problems that must be addressed if we are to progress in our Christian walk. They are trespasses, offenses, or sins of the following nature:
 If your brother trespasses against you. [Matthew 18:15]
 If you offend your brother. [Matthew 5:23-26]
 Offenses against children [Matthew 18:1-6; 18:10,14]
 Offenses against the church; and
 Offenses against those outside the church. [I Corinthians 10:32]
IF YOUR BROTHER TRESPASSES AGAINST YOU
1. You are to forgive him! "For if you forgive men their trespasses (offenses or misdeeds), your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if you do not forgive men (for) their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." [Matthew 6:14-15]
2. Go tell him, or show him, his fault or trespass, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over; but if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses', as required by the law of Moses in Deuteronomy 19:15-17.[Matthew 18:15-16]
If he refuses to listen to them (the other witnesses), tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a heathen (a non-Jew, or worshipper of a false God) or a tax collector. [Matthew 18:17]
If you remember that your (Christian) brother has something against you, go and be reconciled to your brother ...*
Settle matters quickly with an enemy who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way (to court), or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison ... you will not get out until you have paid all your enemy can get. [Matthew 5:23-26]
*NOTE: If you are offering a special "seed offering" or gift to God, leave your gift; first go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.
OFFENSES AGAINST CHILDREN
Jesus placed special importance on the treatment of little children especially children who believe on Him. He said that whoever offends* (or causes to stumble spiritually) a little child, will suffer great punishment. Always encourage little children to follow and love Jesus; help them in whatever way you can ... and remember, when you receive a little child in Jesus' name ... you receive Jesus! [Matthew 18:1-6]
Teach your people not to despise, nor to think badly, against a little child, for Jesus said, "In heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in Heaven." [Matthew 18:10]
NOTE: Offended (def) = hurt; wounded; affronted; vexed.
OFFENSES AGAINST THE CHURCH; AND THOSE OUTSIDE THE CHURCH
As the church looks out to evangelize the world it sees lost Jews and lost Gentiles (non-Jews). The church itself is made up of saved Jews and saved Gentiles (non-Jews). This is why 1 Corinthians 10:32 says, "Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God." [1 Corinthians 10:32] Notice the three (3) groups: 1) Jews; 2) non-Jews (Gentiles); 3) the church. Compare this with Ephesians 2:11-18.
Offenses against the church may be categorized as follows:
 Wounding the conscience of a Christian brother;
 Talking badly about, hurting, or opposing God's leaders;
 Hindering (opposing, causing harm to, or slowing) the work of God;
 Teaching false doctrine.
WOUNDING THE CONSCIENCE OF A CHRISTIAN BROTHER
There are some things that you know that you can do, that another Christian may not be able to do, because of conscience sake. For example, one Christian may feel in good conscience that he may drink wine, while another Christian may not. If the brother who does not feel he should drink wine (that is, he violates his own conscience by partaking) sees you drinking wine, he will be offended. You may cause him to stumble!
In such a case. the brother who feels he may partake should abstain at that present time, out of consideration for the other person and for the other person's conscience. Do not seek your own good and advantage and profit ... but rather seek the welfare of your brother [1 Corinthians 10:24]. All things are permissible, but not all things are helpful or profitable or wholesome. All things are legitimate, but not all things are constructive to character and building spiritual life [Verse 23].
Make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way. If your brother is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your actions destroy your brother for whom Christ died. It is better not to drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall.
The Scripture says, "Do you have faith? Whatever you believe about these things, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves. But the man who has doubts is condemned if he does NOT act from faith. Everything that does not come from faith is sin ... whatever is done without a conviction of its approval by God is sinful." [Romans 14:22-23]
TALKING BADLY ABOUT, HURTING, OR OPPOSING GOD'S LEADERS
Many Christians, as well as other people, are sick, poor, or have died because of their actions, thoughts, or attitudes against a minister of Christ.
The Scriptures abound with true-life examples of the above and the resultant judgments. In 1 Samuel Chapters 24 and 26 we read interesting accounts that describe the character of (King) David. King Saul had been hunting him to kill him, with 3,000 chosen men out of Israel.
Twice David had an opportunity to kill Saul but each time he refused to do so. David said, "Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord's anointed, and be guiltless? ... The Lord forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the Lord's anointed."
In your next lesson (Lesson Plan 19) on UNITY we will study a principle called "The Bridge Principle" and we will see why Saul acted the way he did. He finally retrogressed to the point where he even consulted a witch.
Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and since he rebelled against God's new choice of a leader in David (the "old order" versus the "new order") he ended up seeking help from the witch of Endor, who was a servant of the defeated one, Satan. [1 Samuel 28] You are who you run with! If you don't want fleas, don't lie down with the dogs!
Guard your spirit! Saul had been anointed with oil to be King over Israel by Samuel the Prophet. Because of disobedience Saul was rejected as king by God two times [1 Samuel Chapters 13 and 15], and God then chose David [1 Samuel 16]. Never think evil or do evil or say evil to, or about, a minister of Christ! Do NOT allow jealousy, rebellion, hatred, or strife to be part of your life ... especially as relates to ministry!
Following are a few examples of what happened when people took part in actions, thoughts, or attitudes against God's leaders. Read through these examples carefully (there are many more in the Holy Bible); let God speak to you and then teach your people!
1. Trying to deceive or lie to a man of God [2 Kings 5:15-27]
2. Hurting them physically [1 Kings 13:1-6]
3. Causing them anguish or mental stress [2 Kings 2:23-21]
4. landering them or gossiping about them [Genesis 37-45]
5. Hindering the work of God [Acts 13:6-12]
6. Thinking or wishing evil toward them [Esther 9:24-25]
7. Rebellion against God's leaders [Numbers 12:1-16]
8. Trying to make out with a minister's wife [Genesis 12:14-20, Genesis 20:1-18, and Genesis 26:6-11]
Notice that whole nations were in danger of judgment when men tried to have a relationship with an anointed man's wife ... even though they didn't know the woman was married!
About 40 years ago I took a preacher's wife to a drama. I had invited her and another Christian sister when he was out of town ministering. I was a fairly new Christian and a foolish young man. Even though I made no approaches that would seem to myself, or to other people, improper ... I sinned a great sin against an anointed man of God.
You may always weigh every deed and thought by this commandment: "Therefore all things whatsoever you would that men should do to you, you do even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets." [Jesus - Matthew 7:12]
Several years ago a Christian lady who lived only 1 block (about 100 meters) from my family came to our home while I was gone and gave a false prophecy against me to one of the family members. Within 24 hours her whole house was destroyed to the ground ... without one stick of wood remaining. She was left with no place to live for her or her children.
You need to teach your people ... and non-Christians ... these truths. Their lives, their health, their prosperity, their minds, and their spiritual well-being ... and their families ... may be in jeopardy if you don't! Don't be slow to tell people, "Don't mess with me or my family ... I'm a man (or, woman) of God!"
HINDERING THE WORK OF GOD
Even little things that hinder or slow down God's work are "weighty" in the eyes of God. People are generally ignorant concerning the anointing, the office of the anointing, and the anointed person.
Several years ago a delivery truck driver left a small inexpensive package for me at a neighbor's house. It was to be used in God's work. I didn't realize why I had not received it and one day the neighbor finally said they had the package. The neighbor was outside on the walk getting groceries out of her car and would not take the time to go into their house and get the package for us.
Shortly after, the neighbor drove her brand new Cadillac (one of the most expensive cars made in USA) into her garage ... it would NOT stop ... the car crashed through the back wall of the garage and drove into the swimming pool in the back yard and sunk.
The lady was blessed that she did not drown. She never got her car back and she was the "laughing stock" of three major cities as her story was on the front page of three very large newspapers. Don't mess with God's work ... or His workers!
One time, in a position of authority where God had placed me (it was a secular position, but one that enabled me to do God's work), a man was who was drunk was hindering me. I spoke the Word of God to him, and as I had my back to him he - probably the demon in him - picked up a large glass ashtray to hit me.
God spoke to me instantly and emphatically, "Let me handle this!" If I had tried to struggle in the flesh, I would have been doing just what the enemy wanted. The next day the man died of a brain hemorrhage. He was a young man in his 30's. God did handle it for me. Don't mess with God's work ... or His workers!
Several years ago a preacher and pastor, who I had helped much spiritually and materially, deceived me in a matter of courtship with a young lady. I had asked him different times, "Is there anything I need to know about her?" "Does she really love Jesus and is she really dedicated to Christ?" She appeared outwardly one way, but in my spirit I felt doubtful. The pastor kept assuring me of her dedication.
His lack of honesty, perhaps for financial gain, caused much trouble to me personally and to the work of God. Shortly after he became ill, lost much weight, and finally died young ... leaving behind a widow and three children. Always be honest with a man of God. Don't mess with God's work ... or His workers!
People who are relatives of a man of God have to be very careful. On the other hand ... they have tremendous opportunity to be blessed! After a great victory, King David returned to bless his household. His wife, Michal, spoke badly toward him because she had seen him dancing and praising God openly among other maidens. Because of her attitude towards her husband and her words to him, she had no child unto the day of her death. [2 Samuel 6:20-23] She turned an opportunity to be blessed into a curse!
My in-laws had vexed me for years: in my personal life, in my marriage, and in my ministry. I had liked my father-in-law and had looked forward to him living with us someday after he retired and was old. One day I found out that he had said three (3) very ugly and untrue things about me. He died a while later of a very cruel and extremely painful death.
I had gone to the hospital at God's direction (a long distance away) to visit him. The Lord showed me he needed to be able to talk to me in person and ask for forgiveness. When I arrived at the hospital, his wife, the mother-in-law, had instructed the hospital personnel not to allow me to visit him. He died there ... unable to clear himself with me personally.
The mother-in-law was demon-possessed. Several ministers had told her this through the years, men that I didn't even know. One time I took her to a very large Christian meeting held by a seasoned man of God who had ministered and raised up churches for around 50 years.
The man of God did not know her ... or me, in a personal way. We were seated toward the back of a very large crowd, and the preacher looked back and told her, "You have a demon!" ... and then he named the demon! Then he looked at me and said, "You are moving into your apostolic ministry!"
After she continued to cause much trouble with me, my family, and my ministry I told her one day, "Get your house in order. You are going to die for putting your hand to God's work!" Not long after, she died a terrible death, also. Both of the in-laws named the name of Jesus. I have long since forgiven them, but they turned an opportunity to be blessed into a curse!
One of the churches I pastored years ago was really under a blessing of God; I had ordained the Senior Pastor before me and the Senior Pastor before him. God was doing wonderful miracles of healing and in the lives of people. Also, we were producing about 250,000 pieces of literature a week; not to mention radio programs and tapes.
I made a big mistake when I became Senior Pastor. Because I knew several of the families there and also had ordained one of my assistants (the former Senior Pastor), I trusted everyone ... I never made sure I had control of the church. Unknown to me was demonic activity manifesting itself mainly in jealousies. As far as the ministry, my heart was pure; but overnight God's work was brought to a screaming halt.
A few people were mad because I had removed some people from their positions (some were their family members) and reduced the salary of others who I felt were receiving too much money. The church was then taken over by a rebellious faction. The city where this happened had never experienced a violent catastrophe, at least to my knowledge. Not long after, that city became the epicenter for a devastating earthquake! And God directed me into better fields!!
There was a young minister who was a personal acquaintance of mine. I had ordained him into the ministry. He was a good husband and father of three children. He had wonderful compassion for people. I had some fruitful ministry in meetings he organized. Over a period of time he began to observe some abuses in a very well-known, and anointed, church where I taught as a professor in the graduate school of theology.
He began to be bitter and talk about some of the ministers including the Senior Pastor who was ... and still is ... a wonderful man of God. He should first have gone and talked to the people involved, as is outlined in this lesson under "If Your Brother Trespasses Against You", step #2. He should also have followed the teaching in "The Abrahamic Principle" and "The Responsibility Principle" outlined in Lesson Plan(s) 19 and 20 of the Lessons on UNITY in the "Advanced Studies" at www.realmiracles.com.
Instead of praying for the people and letting God deal with the situation, he became more bitter and slanderous. One day as he was driving down the freeway a small piece of metal fell off the back of a truck and went through his windshield, striking him in the middle of the forehead. He died as a result, leaving a widow and three very young children.
I have used several personal examples in this lesson. Some have been "buried" in my heart for years; but if they help you, or some other minister, to escape the deception and tricks of the enemy ... and to become stronger in Christ ... then I am glad to have shared them!
Honor the anointing, and the anointed person, as well as the anointed office (or, position of authority set by God). Always use King David as an example in this regard and you'll be safe! As a young minister I attended Kathryn Kuhlman's meetings whenever I could. Among many things I learned was this:
The Holy Spirit is God's agent on earth to supply the resurrection power of Christ!
Be careful how you treat Him ... and speak about him! Honor Him!!
TEACHING FALSE DOCTRINE
This offense is BOTH against those inside the Church and against those outside the Church. You must protect your sheep ... and other churches' sheep. We are to bear one another's burdens [Galatians 6:2]. In some respect, just as in evangelism, we must inform those outside the church of false doctrine. However, don't let the devil run you ragged! You could chase around trying to correct false doctrines all of your life!
The cults have all have at least one of the three errors (if not all three!). They teach: 1) Jesus was NOT God in human flesh; 2) You can work your way to Heaven; 3) Hell is not real (or, if it is, it only lasts for a short period).
Be led by the Spirit of God! Follow the plain teachings of Jesus. Preach and teach the simple Gospel, apart from which there is no other gospel [1 Corinthians 15:1-5]. Obey the commission of Jesus in Matthew 28 and Mark 16. Adhere to the "Apostles' Creed". Use the pastoral writings of Paul and Peter and John as examples for church order and discipline, and obey the Word of God as revealed in the Holy Bible.
A three-fold cord is not easily broken. Buildings designed in triangulation or with three-sided segments are stronger. Jesus sent out his apostles to:
1. Preach and teach;
2. Heal; and,
3. Cast out demons.
Whether you are involved in ministry to governments, to the homeless, to the military ... on television or the Internet ... keep your ministry "triangulated" in balance with Jesus' authority that he gave you: to preach; to heal; and, to cast out demons!
Then you won't have to worry about false doctrines ... because no one can copy the works God is doing through you. The Lord will confirm the Word of God you preach with signs following ... and people who are really seeking God will come to the TRUTH!
No false teaching in the world can do all three ... present the Good News, heal, and cast out demons! Especially like you are doing when you're anointed with LOVE! False teaching is usually "lop-sided" with emphasis on either of two large errors: either you're saved by your works only; or you can sin all you want to and get away with it!
"Faith without works is dead." [James 2:14-26]
"For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which works by love." [Galatians 5:6]
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