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"You're not Perfect..."


  The title of this article illustrates a spirit of unity-in-diversity that is often found among our brethren. Such statements are made when one is challenged on a particular sinful practice or stance. The founding premise of this spirit is the idea that no one can fully understand truth, nor can a multitude of brethren understand truth alike....
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Pray for Strength

Colossians 1:11 The Apostle Paul was a praying man. Paul tirelessly prayed for brethren the world over because of the trails they faced while serving God. When praying for the Colossians, Paul petitioned that they would be, "strengthened with all power, according to the might of his glory, unto all patience and longsuffering with joy;" (Colossians 1:11). Paul had never met the Colossians face to face yet he shared in their love for truth (see Colossians 2:1, 5). Paul earnestly wanted these brethren to hold tight to the word of God and the eternal hope it brings. The church of the Lord the world over was being assailed by factious brethren who sought preeminence among the faithful (see 1 Corinthians 11:17-21; 3 John 9). Dogs and false teachers were working diligently to bring men away from truth to their side of opinions and personal convictions (Philippians 3:2). Good and faithful brethren...
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3 John

A Synopsis of the Book Most of the New Testament deals with problem brethren and problems in the churches. Paul exposed troubling false teachers in the book of Galatians. Paul dealt with the lack of unity and contention among brethren at Corinth (see 1 and 2 Corinthians). The apostle Paul spoke of the "enemies of the cross" at Philippians 3:18, the vain and church troubling doctrines of men at Colossians 2:8, and sons of perdition at 2 Thessalonians 2. Peter exposed false teachers at 2 Peter 2 and John exposed the spirit of antichrist at 1 and 2 John. The apostle Paul even named the troubling brethren by name when addressing Timothy (see 2 Timothy 2:17-18). The book of 3 John reveals another trouble maker in the church by the name Diotrephes. Diotrephes goes down in history as one whose priorities were confused and consequentially a nuisance in the Lord's...
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