Contemporary Proverbs on Christian Living

Friendship is so fast forgotten, and so easily ebbs away, in these rebellious times.

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The Rot spreads, but the decay is smelled only by few.

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If one may be called to hate his own mother and father, is it any wonder that discipleship and pursuit of holiness may cost him his friends and acquaintances?  The wonder is that such things can happen within the church.

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To purposefully work to alienate someone in the body without cause, to cut him off from the normal social workings of the fellowship, to systematically isolate him in order to force him to comply with demands and earn back favor is extortion–it is not only unChristian, it is cruel, like high school.

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The strong personality who leads astray the weaker, and persuades them to aid in the division of their church, will bear both his own reproach, and theirs as well.

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When a man praises beyond proportion, his every good word is cheap, and his meaning impossible to decipher.

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The democratic penchant for fighting at the drop of a hat for everyone’s right to an opinion is so often a politically appealing, dressed-up excuse for malicious gossip.

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The Bible makes no mention of HR departments in local churches, let alone an office for filing complaints; mediation should only be sought after you’ve first approached your brother yourself.

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The argument for the ‘meeting of people’s needs’, if not informed by God’s Word, will often be nothing but a carefully-turned, weighty-sounding rephrasing of ‘meeting of people’s wants’, since apart from the Word, people only know what they want, and have no idea what they need.

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The duty of church leadership is to lead, teach and discipline the flock, in the way that best glorifies God, honors His Word, and fosters their growth.  It is not to have the flock fill out comment cards and adjust the ‘merchandise’ according to customer feedback.

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It is better to season your words with sensitivity and spirituality than to try to impress with sanctimony.

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To be continued!

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