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1 Maintaining BALANCE In Times of Controversy Phil. 4:5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. [By Ron Halbrook]

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1 1 Maintaining BALANCE In Times of Controversy Phil. 4:5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. [By Ron Halbrook]

2 2 Maintaining BALANCE Introduction: 1. Phil. 4:5 Mature, Well-balanced Attitude Moderation: Noble Generosity & Gentleness, Forbearance & Fairness, Reasonable & Patient Graciousness with Strength & Poise of Character ….Opposite of Obstinacy (A.T. Robertson, Pauls Joy in Christ, p. 129) Not Overreact, Not Thrown Off Balance Unto All Men: Poise, Patience in All Cases Secured by Focus on Christs Presence & Promise, Not on Earthly Conditions!

3 3 Maintaining BALANCE Introduction: 2. Phil. 1:9-11 Pray for Maturity, Balance Grow in Love Grow in Knowledge Grow in Judgment, Discernment: Selects, classifies, & applies (Vincent, Word Studies in N.T., 871) Proper sense of the relative value of things (Weaver, Philippians, 24) Approve Things Excellent, Distinguish Things that Differ, Have a Sense of What Is Vital See what things are relatively…most important & …put the emphasis in the right place (Robertson, Pauls Joy in Christ, 38) Act in View of the Day of Christ

4 4 Maintaining BALANCE I. Eccl. 7:15-18 Balance: Avoid Extreme Attitudes A. Vs. 15 Cant Solve Every Question, Enigma, & Difficulty B. Vs. 16 Arbiter of All Such Matters: Exaggerated Righteousness C. Vs. 17 Opposite Extreme: Use Enigmas as Excuse for Willful Sin D. Vs. 18 True Faith: Focus on Revealed Truth & Duty, Avoid Extremes

5 5 Maintaining BALANCE II. Matt. 7:1-5, 13-15 Balance in Recognizing Sin in Peoples Lives A. Vv. 1-5 Hypocritical Judging Overly Scrupulous in Charging Others with Sin Excuse Ones Own Sins B. Vv. 13-15 Proper, Essential Judging Broad Way of Sin, Narrow Way of Truth Repent of Sin Distinguish Truth from Error C. Maintain Balance: Proper Judging Without Hypocritical Judging

6 6 Maintaining BALANCE III. Matt. 10:16, 27 Balance in Facing Bitter Enemies of Gospel A. Wolves: Pervert Truth, Attack Messenger B. Vs. 16, 27 Bold, Careful in Proclaiming Truth Wise: Careful, Cautious, Measured Harmless: Open, Sincere, No Guile or Deceit C. Under Bitter Attack: Danger of Reckless Overreaction

7 7 Maintaining BALANCE IV. Rom. 14:1-3; 16:17-18 Balance: Distinguish Personal Scruples & Doctrinal Apostasy A. 14:1-3 Accept Each Other with Personal Scruples Grow: Distinguish Revealed Doctrine from Personal Conclusions & Judgments B. 16:17-18 Reject Men Who Promote Apostasy Press False Doctrine: Cause Division Outward Piety, Smooth Speeches: Cloak Error C. Balance: Distinguish Scruples & Apostasy Danger: Press ScrupleFriction, Bitterness, Faction Danger: Compromise with ErrorApostasy Avoid Dangers: Saints Grow, Gospel Spreads

8 8 Maintaining BALANCE V. Gal. 1:8-9; 2:11; 5:15 Balance: Defend Truth Without Stooping to Errors Tactics A. 1:8-9 Reject Those Who Pervert Gospel B. 2:11 Peters Compromise Openly Rebuked C. 5:15 Defend Truth, Fight Error, Not Stoop to Errors Tactics Paul Direct, Forceful (1:7-8; 2:11, 13; 3:1; 4:30; 5:1, 7, 9, 12) False Teacher: Bitter, Personal Attack Uphold Truth: Courtesy, Dignity, Focus on Bible, Refute False Doctrine Temptation: Retaliate in Like Kind

9 9 Maintaining BALANCE VI. Eph. 4:1-6, 14-15, 31-32 Balance: Teach the Truth in Love A. Vv. 1-6 Proper Attitude With Sound Doctrine Lowly, Meek, Patient, Love, Unity, Peace Solid Foundation of Sound Doctrine B. Vv. 14-15 Reject False Doctrine & Tactics, Speak Truth in Love, Grow in Christ C. Vv. 31-32 Seek to Save Not Destroy Those Who Wrong Us D. Controversy: Test Commitment to Truth, Sincerity of Love

10 10 Maintaining BALANCE VII. Phil. 1:15-18 Balance in Putting the Cause of Christ Above Self A. Some Preachers: Selfish Spirit of Competition, Seek Personal Advantage, Promote Self Preach Christ, Compete with Paul B. Other Preachers: Unselfish Spirit of Goodwill, Love, Promote Only the Gospel Set to Defend Gospel at All Costs No Bitterness toward Critics C. Balance: Always Put Cause of Christ Above Self Defend Truth, Not Promote Self, in Time of Controversy Some Preachers: Teach Truth, Unfairly Criticize Us Not RetaliatePut Cause of Christ Above Self

11 11 Maintaining BALANCE VIII. Col. 4:2-6 Balance in Content & Tone of Teaching A. Vv. 2-4 Seeks Open Doors to Preach Plainly, Fully B. Vv. 5-6 Show Wisdom in Life & Teaching Godly Life Opens Doors to Teach Wise in Tone & Tenor With Grace: Kind, Courteous, Dignified Wisdom to Answer Every Man C. Test in Controversy: Balance Content & Tone Content: Pervert Truth, Modify Truth, Misuse Truth Tone: Explosive Anger, Arrogance, Bitterness Proper Balance: Advance Cause of Christ

12 12 Maintaining BALANCE IX. 2 Pet. 1:12, 5; 2:1 Balance in Grasp of Truth & Room to Grow in the Truth A. 1:12 Truth Firmly Established in Heart & Life B. 1:5 Grow in Knowledge: Lifelong Process Practical Knowledge, Discretion in Applying Truth A practical knowledge that admits of expansion (Hiebert, Second Peter & Jude, 53) C. 2:1 False Teachers Replace Truth with Heresies Cannot Promote Growth in Applying Truth Heresies Lead to Apostasy, Corrupt More & More as Outlined in 2 Pet. 2-3 D. Grasp Truth, Grow: NOT Same As Deny, Apostasy E. Challenge: Discern Heresy, Corrupting ProcessVS. Established in Truth, Normal Growth Process

13 13 Maintaining BALANCE X. Balance or Lack of It in Modern Controversies A. Many Examples of Apostate Movements Patterns in Cycles of Apostasy Unchanging Principles of Truth Remnant Established in Truth, Resists Apostasy Growing in Knowledge Make Judgments in Applying Truth Areas of Personal Conscience, Scruples Apostasy: Subtle Steps, Corrupt More & More Compromise: Not Embrace, Not Openly Fight Overreaction: Bind Areas of Growth, Scruple Press to Point of Division Latter Factions Later Embrace Ultra-liberalism

14 14 1.PRINCIPLES OF TRUTH Grow in Knowledge Judgments Personal Scruples 2. APOSTASY 3. COMPROMISE 4. DANGER OF OVERREACTION: Bind, Press Differences in Growth, Judgments, Scruples To Point of Division

15 15 Maintaining BALANCE X. Balance or Lack of It in Modern Controversies B. Many Examples of Scruples & Differences Among Brethren Grasping & Growing in Truth C. Man to Lead in Work of Church Several Views of Veil in 1 Cor. 11 Several Views of Silence in 1 Cor. 14:34-35 As Relates to Bible Classes All Affirm Principle of Male Leadership, Differ in Some Details of Application Discussed Many YearsNo Apostate Movement Corrupting More & More Study Helpful, NOT Charges, Fighting, Factions

16 16 Maintaining BALANCE X. Balance or Lack of It in Modern Controversies D. Controversies & Divisions 1850-1930 Missionary Society (1849), Instrumental Music (1851)Cycle of Apostasy Corrupted More & More (1875-1900) Remnant Established in Truth, Resisted Apostasy Compromise: Accept Society, Reject Instrument, Fellowship Error Overreaction (1900-30)

17 17 Maintaining BALANCE X. Balance or Lack of It in Modern Controversies D. Controversies & Divisions 1850-1930 Overreaction (1900-30): One Cup No Divided Bible Classes No Located Preacher No Bible Study Literature in Work of Church No Bible College Specific Order of Worship

18 18 Maintaining BALANCE X. Balance or Lack of It in Modern Controversies D. Controversies & Divisions 1850-1930 Overreaction (1900-30): Daniel Sommer (1850-1940) Factional on No Located Preacher, No Bible College Sommer: Strong Influence on Carl Ketcherside (1908-89) Such Issues Not Divide As Matters of Growth, Judgment, & Personal Scruple Sommers Later Years Reflect Phil. 1:9-11; 4:5

19 19 Maintaining BALANCE Overreaction (1900-30): Sommers Later Years Reflect Phil. 1:9-11; 4:5 His Family Published American Christian Review He Endorsed Cant We Agree on Something? Ketcherside: Pressed to Point of Division Many in Factions Formed 1900-30 Went into Ultra-liberalism From 1960s to Present Brethren united on THE NEW TESTAMENT PLAN must leave room for individual judgments on such issues. This…is written in behalf of the thousands who desire to reach that Better Land, and who never will know, and never can understand, the finer points in our arguments for and against some things that have disrupted us (6-21-32).

20 20 1.PRINCIPLES OF TRUTH Grow in Knowledge Judgments Personal Scruples 2. APOSTASY 3. COMPROMISE 4. DANGER OF OVERREACTION: Bind, Press Differences in Growth, Judgments, Scruples To Point of Division

21 21 Maintaining BALANCE X. Balance or Lack of It in Modern Controversies E. Controversies & Divisions Over Institutionalism – Liberalism (1945-2000) Another Cycle of Apostasy Church Donations to Human Institutions Centralize Church Work thru Sponsoring Church Church Give Benevolence to Alien Sinners Church Provide Social & Recreational Activities Corrupted More & More (1970-2000) Remnant Established in Truth, Resisted Apostasy Compromise: Church Donation to Orphanage Not College, to Certain Kinds of Orphanages, Fellowship Error Danger of Overreaction: Bind Areas of Growth, ScruplePress to Point of Division

22 22 Maintaining BALANCE Danger of Overreaction: Some Bind & Press, But Generally Not to Point of Division No Bible College No Akin Fund No Foundation to Publish Bible Study Materials Several Views Contra Typical P.M. Lords Supper No Funerals in Church Building No Weddings in Church Building No Church Songbooks for Home Singing Long-term Issues: Oaths, War, Vote, Veil, Etc. Such Issues Not Divide As Matters of Growth, Judgment, & Personal Scruple Discuss Many YearsNo Apostate Movement Corrupting More & More Study Helpful, NOT Charges, Fighting, Factions

23 23 1.PRINCIPLES OF TRUTH Grow in Knowledge Judgments Personal Scruples 2. APOSTASY 3. COMPROMISE 4. DANGER OF OVERREACTION: Bind, Press Differences in Growth, Judgments, Scruples To Point of Division

24 24 Maintaining BALANCE X. Balance or Lack of It in Modern Controversies F. Controversy Over Marriage, Fellowship, & Other Issues 1988-Present Another Cycle of Apostasy: H. Hailey: Deny Christs Marriage Law Applies to All J. Freeman: Divorced Fornicator Marry New Mate J. Puterbaugh: All Divorced People Marry New Mate Deny Creation in Six Literal Days Doubt Literal Serpent in Gen. 3 Doubt Universal Flood in Gen. 6-9 Deny Eternal Torment in Hell

25 25 Maintaining BALANCE X. Balance or Lack of It in Modern Controversies F. Controversy Over Marriage, Fellowship, & Other Issues 1988-Present Another Cycle of Apostasy Remnant Established in Truth, Resisting Apostasy Compromise: Unity-in-diversity tolerates contradictory teachings & practices on important moral & doctrinal questions (E. Harrell, Christianity Magazine, May 1990) Danger of Overreaction: Bind, Areas of Growth, ScruplePress to Point of Division

26 26 Maintaining BALANCE X. Balance or Lack of It in Modern Controversies F. Controversy Over Marriage, Fellowship, & Other Issues 1988-Present Danger of Overreaction: Bind Areas of Growth, ScruplePress to Point of Division No Divorce for Any Cause No Divorce Unless Witnesses to Fornication Innocent Mate Must Initiate Civil Divorce Innocent Mate Must Counter-sue if Guilty Sues Cannot Reconcile After Divorce for Fornication Divorced Fornicator Not Remarry After 1 st Mate Dies If Prospective Fornicator Gets Divorce Paper & Then Commits Adultery, Faithful Mate Not Remarry (Mostly Theoretical!)

27 27 Maintaining BALANCE X. Balance or Lack of It in Modern Controversies F. Controversy Over Marriage, Fellowship, & Other Issues 1988-Present Danger of Overreaction: Bind Areas of Growth, ScruplePress to Point of Division No Division If Study Such Issues As Matters of Growth, Judgment, & Personal Scruple Discuss Many YearsNo Apostate Movement Corrupting More & More Study Helpful, NOT Charges, Fighting, Factions W. Warnock-J. Deason, Searching the Scriptures, Nov. 1985 & Mar. 1986, Not Press View to Division Some Friction, Declare War, Obsessed, Debate, Cancel Meetings, Press to Divide (1,000 Splinters!?)

28 28 1.PRINCIPLES OF TRUTH Grow in Knowledge Judgments Personal Scruples 2. APOSTASY 3. COMPROMISE 4. DANGER OF OVERREACTION: Bind, Press Differences in Growth, Judgments, Scruples To Point of Division

29 29 Maintaining BALANCE Conclusion: 1. Phil. 1:9-11; 4:5 Pray as Paul: Spiritual Growth, Maturity, Well-balanced Attitude Grow in Love, Knowledge, Discernment See what things are relatively…most important & …put the emphasis in the right place (Robertson, Pauls Joy in Christ, 38) Moderation: Noble Generosity & Gentleness, Forbearance & Fairness, Reasonable & Patient Not Overreact, Not Thrown Off Balance Unto All Men: Poise, Patience in All Cases Act in View of Christs Presence & Promise Avoid Stumbling blocks, Abound in Righteousness 2. Matt. 11:27-30; Mk. 16:16 Christ Calls All Lost


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