Originally posted by Eladar
[b]The humanism is talking about racism.
The humanism is talking about racism.
Racism is a problem which also effects God accomlishing the buiding up of the "one new man"
. Do you deny this ?
It makes little sense to say that Humanist talk of Racism so for Christians to talk of Racism makes them Humanists.
The works of the flesh enumerated by Paul are sins which can exclude Christians from inheriting the kingdom of God. Included in these "works of the flesh"
are sins which often accompany racial prejudice.
"But this I say, Walk by the Spirit and you shall by no means fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh; for these oppose each other that you would not do the things that you desire." (Gal. 5:16,17)
This is undoubtably an exhortation about letting the Holy Spirit save the Christian from the negative sins of the flesh (the fallen humanity). Now Paul goes on to enumerate some reprentative
sins of the flesh, which he calls "the works of the flesh."
"And the works of the flesh are manifest, which are such things as
OUTBURSTS OF ANGER,
bouts of drunkeness,
and things like these,
of which I have said before, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God." (Galatians 5:19-21)
We all know that racism is a fertile breading ground for such sinful works as "strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, divisions, sects."
. Do you deny this?
The Apostle Paul says that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. They may be saved. They may be forgiven. They may be redeemed. But they will not participate in God's government in a co-sharing way. They will be excluded from the kingdom of God.
He warned them before. He is again warning them.
To walk by the Spirit is then to also be freed from these lusts and works of the flesh. And that is to be made free from the racism which tears apart the Body of Christ.
If you wish to dignify these works of the flesh which accompany racism then you must not care about inheriting the kingdom of God. If you look to the Spirit of Christ to free you from such works of the flesh then you are in the teaching and fellowship of the apostles and therefore inclined to the will of God.
You are making a non issue an issue. You show that you are more concerned with politics than Christ. You use Christ for you political agenda
No, racial tension is not a non-issue. When it comes to the oneness of the local church, the first local church, the church in Jerusalem
early in its existence faced a problem of strife between the Hebrewists and the Hellenistic widows.
" And in these days, as the disciples were multiplying in number, a murmuring of the Hellenists against the Hebrew occurred, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily dispensing. (Acts 6:1)
To this problem of ethnic tension causing dispruption in the otherwise oneness of the church (Acts 4:32)
was addressed in a serious way by the twelve apostles.
Their remedy was to appoint men full of the Holy Spirit to oversee the situation with wisdom and deal with the strife. They did not seek humanists. They did not seek plotical liberals or political conservatives to see to the problem. They sought relatively more spiritually mature brothers who were filled with the Holy Spirit.
" But brothers, look for seven well-attested men from among you, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint over this need." (v.3)
These became the first deacons. And one of them was Stephen the first martyr which testifies of his utter consecration to Jesus Christ.
For you to trivialize the need to meet the problem of racism with men full of the Holy Spirit and with divine wisdom is therefore to play into the hands of the enemy.
Like the early apostles we should, locality by locality, look for believers full of the Spirit of Christ, who walk by the Spirit of Christ and live in by the divine wisdom to help the weaker saints out of racial tensions.
The Lord will one day say "Well done good and faithful servant."