Spiritual Questions

If we walk as Christ walked, we will face false converts and idolatrous accusers posing as spiritual authorities:  for much of what Christ teaches contradicts cultural, religious traditions. 

Notice, there is always a question that can be asked [by the Spirit’s wisdom], which reveals the sins of our accusers. 

And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders, And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things?  And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me. And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him? But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.And they answered and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

–Mark 11:27-33

One time, I was speaking with the pastor of a denominational church who was explaining to me why those who gathered there no longer supported the work of a particular missionary couple:  in so doing, the man impugned the character of the two missionaries and cast aspersions against those with whom the couple fellowshipped.  [The loss of support pulled this couple (who had given up every worldly advantage to take up the work of the Lord) off the mission field.]  The Lord brought the above passage to mind and showed me the question that I could ask and the man’s resulting dillemma:  “Did the Lord call you to support the work of this couple?”  If the pastor answered “Yes,” the question arises, “Why then did you stop?”  If he answered “No,” the question arises:  “Why then did you ever begin?” 

There is always a question that reveals the sin of false accusers, if we seek the Spirit’s wisdom. 

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