"Pattern of Practice"
“Pattern of Practice”
The question was asked yesterday.
If someone sins…a deed of the flesh…say, an “outburst of anger”…then does that disqualify them from being restored…from leadership within the Body, etc.
The answers is “no”.
We love and press on.
Yet, many within the Body believe that selected sins, particularly what is called “moral failures”, result in abdicating any possibility of restoration.
The Word does not state such.
So, here is the principle.
We are not to live in a pattern of sin.
If the pattern of behavior of someone is “outburst of anger”, then they will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
They are unsaved and their behavior is the evidence.
Often it is stated that we “are not to judge”.
Yet, it is not a judgment.
It is an observation.
Outbursts of anger as a pattern of life?
Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality,
idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,
envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
The same applies to other sin.
Is jealousy a pattern of practice?
Will not inherit.
Hear what the Lord said through John…
By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.
We are to practice righteousness.
We are to love our brother.
We are to restore.
Be a child of God.
Do not the deeds of the devil.