Imbalances And Extremism In The Church, Pt. 4

(Part 4 of 4)

1 Timothy 6:7-10… “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (KJV). Perverted desires and lusts bring imbalance and extremism. Paul was not saying that gain is wrong, but it’s not a sign of spirituality, as preachers and their flock were thinking. Perverted desires births carnality.

1 Timothy 6:4, James 3:6… These verses speak about the tongue and how imbalance and extremism creep into the church. Words are powerful. “He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings” (1 Timothy 6:4, KJV). James 3:6… “And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.”

1 Timothy 6:4-10 speaks of pride, sin, incomplete vision, manipulation, and insecurity. All of these things bring imbalance and extremism into the church. People who know nothing can have pride as well as those who do know something. Pride puts up walls and separates people. Incomplete vision is hanging on to a one-sided truth. Paul talks of some “desiring to be teachers of the law,” while at the same time, they do not understand what they teach. One-sided truth is imbalance. God hates imbalance (Proverbs 11:1, 16:11, 20:23). Too many saints want instant maturity and have a quick fix mentality. They grasp at fads and how-to books.” Maturity takes time. Impatience causes imbalance and extremism.

The end result of imbalance and extremism is that people get caught up in tributaries instead of the pure river of God. People become disillusioned, depressed, embittered. People lose testimony and influence when they embrace extremism and imbalanced doctrines. Their lives roll around like unbalanced tires. They live in division in deception, with distorted judgment, and within the confines of a narrow mind. The fruits of balance are having a strong church body, solid families, stable Christian lives, and being effective witnesses. It results in a life that is free from deception and full of contentment and health.

In order to maintain balance, keep a strong scriptural emphasis in your teaching. Be a people of prayer. Seek God daily. Do not despise good counsel. Recognize the rhema word that the Holy Spirit gives you and make sure that word lines up with  Scripture. Remember this truth: The Kingdom of God lives in righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Pastor George Belobaba

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