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Saturday, July 05, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Jeremiah 7:3-7(NASB)
3 Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "Amend your ways and your deeds, and I will let you dwell in this place. 4 "Do not trust in deceptive words, saying, 'This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD.' 5 "For if you truly amend your ways and your deeds, if you truly practice justice between a man and his neighbor, 6 if you do not oppress the alien, the orphan, or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, nor walk after other gods to your own ruin, 7 then I will let you dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers forever and ever.
Just because a group claims to be a church doesn't make them part of the Church. Plenty of modern churches will camapign in favor of shedding innocent blood, especially that of the unborn and infirm. Many others will saunter off after other gods, or argue that other gods are just God in disguise. Others will look to oppress aliens, such as some Identity outfits. All of those groups above will claim to be Chrisian, yet not be. We have to look at the acts and deeds and beliefs of a church before we can be confident of their standing. Some churches may have the right creeds written up in their founding documents, but they don't follow them anymore. Other churches may ooze with compassion, but one that is directed to a false god. This paragraph from Rev. Mike a few days ago hits home here-
...[C]onsider how most secular management and leadership paradigms focus on what one does, not who one is or is becoming. Without a firm grounding in being, in relationship with the source of our being who is Being himself, then one cannot "become" well or "do" well. "Right doing" (ortho-praxis) has its foundation in "right becoming" (ortho-doxy), which in turn has its foundation in "right being" (ortho-ontology).
You can have orthopraxy to the wrong faith or an orthodoxy that doesn't inform your day-to-day life. A right relationship with God will help the Holy Spirit to give us a sound theology and a sound walk with the Lord.

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