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Bring It On-Line: Teaching God's Word

I volunteer at this church where a person is doing things that are immoral and questionable. How should I handle this? Is there any biblical guidance on situations like this? How are we to minister to people if we cannot be friends with them? ... Read Transcript


IT IS TIME TO BRING IT OVER

TO YOUR E-MAIL QUESTIONS.

WE'RE GOING TO START OUT

WITH CAY, "I VOLUNTEER AT

THIS CHURCH WHERE A PERSON

IS DOING THINGS THAT ARE

IMMORAL AND QUESTIONABLE.

PEOPLE HAVE SEEN HIM AT THE

CRACK HOUSE, AND I'VE

WITNESSED HIM STEALING.

HE STARTED A MEN'S GROUP,

AND HE SEEMS TO HAVE THE

CONFIDENCE OF PEOPLE.

IS THERE ANY BIBLICAL

GUIDANCE ON SITUATIONS LIKE

THIS?"

Pat: THERE ABSOLUTELY

IS.

WHEN YOU SEE SOMEONE OVER

TAKEN IN A FAULT -- I'M

QUOTING THE BIBLE, GO TO

THEM WITH A SPIRIT OF

MEEKNESS UNLESS YOU,

YOURSELF, BE TEMPTED.

I'LL TELL YOU WHAT, YOU'VE

GOT THIS GUY GOING TO THIS

CRACK HOUSE -- THE CAMERAS.

TAKE PICTURES.

SAY LISTEN, YOU'RE OUT THERE

USING CRACK.

I SAW YOU STEALING, AND

YOU'VE GOT TO GET YOUR LIFE

RIGHT.

BUT TAKE PEOPLE WITH YOU.

IF YOU SEE SOMEONE OVERTAKEN

IN A FAULT, GO TO SOMEONE.

SPIRIT OF MEEKNESS, LESS YOU

YOURSELF BE ATTEMPTED.

Kristi: ELIZABETH SAYS,

"MY HUSBAND WAS BORN AND

RAISED IN HAWAII.

MANY OF HIS FRIENDS ARE

BUDDHIST.

AND SOME WE'VE INVITED TO

OUR HOUSE.

BUT IT SAYS, "IF ANYONE

COMES TO YOU AND DOES NOT

BRING THIS DOCTRINE, DO NOT

RECEIVE HIM IN YOUR HOUSE

FOR HE WHO GREETS HIM SHARES

IN THEIR EVIL DEEDS.

DOES THIS MEAN WE CAN'T BE

FRIENDS WITH THEM ANYMORE?

AND HOW CAN WE MINISTER TO

PEOPLE IF WE CAN'T BE

FRIENDS WITH THEM?"

Pat: THAT'S A LITTLE

EXTREME WHAT YOU JUST READ

AND QUOTED.

THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID, LOOK,

IF SOMEBODY IS CALLED A

BROTHER AND THEY'RE IMMORAL,

THEY'RE THIEVES, THEY'RE

DRUNKARDS, YOU'RE NOT EVEN

SUPPOSED TO EAT WITH THEM.

BUT OTHER THAN THAT, YOU'VE

GOT TO ASSOCIATE WITH PEOPLE

IN THE WORLD WHO DO ALL OF

THESE THINGS, LEST YOU GO

OUT OF THE WORLD.

THAT'S WHAT THE APOSTLE PAUL

SAID.

WE'VE LIVE IN A WORLD THAT

HAS GOT PEOPLE ENGAGED IN

EVIL CONDUCT.

SO OF COURSE YOU GET

TOGETHER WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE

BUDDHISTS AND OTHERS, IN

ORDER TO LET YOUR LIGHT

SHINE INTO THEIR LIVES.

BUT IF SOMEBODY SAYS I AM A

BROTHER, I AM A CHRISTIAN,

BUT I AM IMMORAL, I'M

SLEEPING AROUND, I'M

STEALING STUFF, I'M DRUNK,

CUT THEM OFF.

Kristi: THE NEXT

QUESTION IS FROM ANDY WHO

SAYS, "I AM UNDER HORRENDOUS

STRESS IN A HIGHLY

COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT.

I SPEND LONG HOURS TRYING TO

SATISFY MY SUPERIORS, I'M ON

CALL CONSTANTLY, LIVING WITH

MY COMPUTER AND CELL PHONE

ALMOST SURGICALLY ATTACHED.

I FEEL LIKE I'M CHEATING MY

FAMILY, BUT I CAN'T AFFORD

TO QUIT MY JOB, AND I'M GOOD

AT WHAT I DO.

HOW DO I JUGGLE BOTH?

I NEED MY JOB, BUT I NEED MY

FAMILY TO BE HAPPY."

Pat: IT SOUNDS LIKE

YOU'RE A SLAVE.

WHAT ARE BUSINESSES FOR?

THEY'RE TO MAKE MONEY.

AND WHO DO THEY MAKE MONEY

FOR?

THEY MAKE MONEY FOR THE

STOCKHOLDERS OR OWNERS.

SO IF YOU'RE

NOT

A

STOCKHOLDER, YOU'RE A SLAVE

TO

SOMEBODY ELSE'S ECONOMIC

FUTURE.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO THAT.

YOU CAN DO A COUPLE OF

THINGS.

FIRST OF ALL, YOU

CAN GO

TO

THE GUY THAT'S THE OWNER AND

SAY, LISTEN, I WANT TO BE A

SUPERVISOR.

I WANT TO GET A RAISE

BECAUSE I'M DOING ALL OF

THIS WONDERFUL WORK.

AND I'M GETTING $50,000.

I THINK I

OUGHT TO GET

$75,000, OR I'M GETTING

$75,000, I THINK I

OUGHT TO

GO 100,000.

THAT'S NUMBER ONE.

YOU GET A BIGGER PIECE OF

THE PIE.

NUMBER TWO, YOU HAVE TO SAY,

LISTEN, I HAVE A FAMILY.

I HAVE A WIFE AND I HAVE

CHILDREN, AND I OWE THEM

SOMETHING BECAUSE THEY'RE

VERY IMPORTANT IN MY LIFE.

I HAVE GOT TO HAVE MORE TIME

WITH THEM.

I WANT A WORK SCHEDULE THAT

INVOLVES THIS.

AND

THE OTHER THING IS YOU

SAY I'VE

SMASHED

MY CELL

PHONE, AND

I'M NOT TAKING

ANYMORE CALLS.

OR PUT YOUR CELL PHONE ON

AUTO

DIAL AND DON'T TAKE

ANYMORE CALLS.

YOU'RE NOT A SLAVE.

IT IS

ALL

MONEY, FOLKS.

IT IS ABOUT MONEY.

YOU CANNOT

BE A SLAVE TO

MONEY.

SO IT IS

TIME YOU

BREAK IT

FREE AND YOU SAY, WELL, I

CAN'T LOSE MY JOB -- IF

YOU'RE AS GOOD AS YOU SAY

YOU ARE, YOU CAN GET ANOTHER

JOB.

MAYBE YOU CAN START YOUR OWN

BUSINESS.

Kristi: THAT'S GOOD.

A GIRLFRIEND OF MINE, SHE IS

A HIGH CORPORATE POSITION,

MAD MONEY, MAD

POWER-POSITION, AND SHE DOES

CONTRACT WORK AND A COMPANY

HAD CALLED HER AND THEY

CALLED HER ON THE WEEKEND.

SHE SAID, I TOLD YOU FROM

THE BEGINNING, I'LL GET MY

JOB DONE, BUT DON'T CALL ME

ON THE WEEKEND.

AND THEY CALLED HER ON THE

WEEKEND.

AND THEY CALLED HER, AND SHE

HUNG UP.

AND I SAID, WHY DID YOU DO

THAT?

AND SHE SAID NOW THEY DON'T

CALL ME ON THE WEEKEND.

Kristi: OUR CHURCH HAS

BEGUN A 45-MINUTE SERVICE

FOR BUSY PEOPLE.

I KNOW WORSHIP IS IMPORTANT,

BUT ISN'T TEACHING GOD'S

WORD MORE IMPORTANT.

THE CHURCH IS DOUBLED, AND

THIS CONCERNS ME.

DO I HAVE A RIGHT TO BE

CONCERNED?"

Pat: OF COURSE YOU HAVE

A RIGHT TO BE CONCERNED.

THE OLD CHURCH HAD AN ALTER

IN THE CENTER.

THE CENTER OF THE WORSHIP

WAS THE COMMUNION AND WHERE

THE PRIEST WENT AND HE

OFFERED UP THE HOST, AND ALL

OF THE THINGS THAT THEY DO.

THEN WITH THE PROTESTANT

REFORMATION, THEY TOOK

THE

ALTER

THEY HAD AND PUT THE

PULPIT IN THE MIDDLE.

SO THE AGRICULTURE FOCUSED

AROUND THE

PULPIT.

BECAUSE

THEY SAID PREACHING

OF THE WORD

IS ESSENTIAL IN

OUR CHURCHES.

THE CHURCH YOU'RE TALKING

ABOUT, THEY

NEITHER FOCUS IN

ON THE SACRAMENTS NOR DO

THEY FOCUS

IN ON PREACHING.

I WOULDN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO

DO WITH

IT.

HIBEL, WHO HAD THE SECRET

CHURCHES, AND HE SAID IN ALL

OF THOSE YEARS I HAD HUGE

CROWDS, BUT I WAS WRONG.

I DID SOMETHING WRONG.

I WASN'T BRINGING THESE

PEOPLE TO FAITH IN JESUS.

I DON'T CARE WHAT IT IS.

SO THEY SING SOME SONGS.

AND THEY PLAY TAMBOURINES

AND DANCE AROUND AND THEY GO

HOME, AND THAT IS SUPPOSED

TO BE CHURCH?

NO WAY.

Kristi: GOOD JOB.

BECAUSE, LISTEN, THE BIBLE

SAYS, IN THE BEGINNING WAS

THE WORD, AND THE WORD IS

GOD, AND THE CHURCH NEEDS TO

BE FOCUSED ON GOD AND THE

WORD.

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