Sharing Thoughts On Those Who Sit In Judgment
of Others In Ministry
Father we love you and praise You. We thank You for the blessings
you have bestowed upon us and for the boldness that Your grace brings
into our lives. By Your grace at work within each of us, we can
think, pray, speak, and act in godly boldness for Your glory, Heavenly
Father grant us we pray a boldness that is confident, but not arrogant;
daring but not reckless; uncompromising but not harsh; unrelenting
but not insensitive; fearless but not un-loving. Amen
Many have come preaching Christ for personal gain. Some have come
to devour the very people they are trying to reach, all in the name
of Jesus. Jesus warned us, Don't let anyone stop you from following
Fellowship over the years has recruited chaplains from every state
in our great nation. They are reaching thousands of people every
day who are in need. CFMI members consist of high school drop outs,
high school graduates and college graduates, people from all walks
of life. We all have spiritual gifts and we apply those gifts in
accordance with our abilities. It takes all of us, Jesus recruited
his followers from many different backgrounds, did He not say? we
have to be all things to all people.
should each judge your own conduct. If it is good, then you can
be proud of what you yourself have done, without having to compare
it with what someone else has done.
remember one simple yet very important principle! Anyone no matter
who they are, or what position they hold in the church, or the ministry
does not have the right to, belittle anyone, degrade anyone, talk
down to anyone, or start gossip about anyone, those who do so are
false prophets, "2 Corinthians. 11:13-15".
Those who truly do have the love of Jesus Christ
in their hearts will do EVERYTHING THEY CAN to help those called
into ministry, not hinder them.
such [are] FALSE apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves
into the apostles of Christ. 14
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of
light. 15 Therefore [it is] no great
thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness;
whose end shall be according to their works.
NOTE: When I decided to put this page here I had intended
to write my own humble thoughts and heart breaks from years of experience,
and from years of hearing horror stories from thousands of people.
Then I realized what Paul had already written was exactly how I
felt about this subject. So even though Paul wrote the following,
it is how I also feel!
Did Paul Say On This Subject: 2
hope you will put up with a little more of my foolishness. Please
bear with me. For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God
himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husbandChrist.
But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ
will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways
of the serpent. You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you,
even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or
a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different
kind of gospel than the one you believed.
I dont consider myself inferior in any way to these super
apostles who teach such things. I may be unskilled as a speaker,
but Im not lacking in knowledge. We have made this clear to
you in every possible way. Was I wrong when I humbled myself and
honored you by preaching Gods Good News to you without expecting
anything in return? I robbed other churches by accepting
their contributions so I could serve you at no cost. And when I
was with you and didnt have enough to live on, I did not become
a financial burden to anyone. For the brothers who came from Macedonia
brought me all that I needed. I have never been a burden to you,
and I never will be. As surely as the truth of Christ is in me,
no one in all of Greece will ever stop me from boasting about this.
Why? Because I dont love you? God knows that I do.
I will continue doing what I have always done. This will undercut
those who are looking for an opportunity to boast that their work
is just like ours. These people are false apostles. They are deceitful
workers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ. But I am
not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as
servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment
their wicked deeds deserve.
Corinthians 9: 1-27
Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord?
Are you not the result of my work in the Lord? Even though I may
not be an apostle to others, surely I am to you! For you are the
seal of my apostleship in the Lord. This
is my defense to those who sit in judgment on me. Dont we
have the right to food and drink? Dont we have the right to
take a believing wife along with us, as do the other apostles and
the Lords brothers and Cephasa? Or is it only I and Barnabas
who must work for a living?
serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and
does not eat of its grapes? Who tends a flock and does not drink
of the milk? Do I say this merely from a human point of view? does
not the Law say the same thing? For it is written in the Law of
Moses: Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.
Is it about oxen that God is concerned? Surely he says this for
us, doesnt he? Yes, this was written for us, because when
the plowman plows and the thresher threshes, they ought to do so
in the hope of sharing in the harvest. If we have sown spiritual
seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from
you? If others have this right of support from you, shouldnt
we have it all the more?
we did not use this right. On the contrary, we put up with anything
rather than hinder the gospel of Christ. Dont you know that
those who work in the temple get their food from the temple, and
those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar?
In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the
gospel should receive their living from the gospel.
I have not used any of these rights. And I am not writing this in
the hope that you will do such things for me. I would rather die
than have anyone deprive me of this boast. Yet when I preach the
gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach. Woe to me
if I do not preach the gospel! If I preach voluntarily, I have a
reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed
to me. What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the
gospel I may offer it free of charge, and so not make use of my
rights in preaching it.
I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone,
to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to
win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the
law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under
the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having
the law (though I am not free from Gods law but am under Christs
law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became
weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that
by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake
of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets
the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes
in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown
that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight
like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave
so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified
for the prize.
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you and thank you for your time and your interest in Chaplain Fellowship
Ministries. Chaplain Gibson
Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and
I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke
upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and
ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30
For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.
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