sábado, 21 de setembro de 2013

When is Escape Fighting

1 Timothy 6:11 - But thou, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

After describing to Timothy materialistic greed of believers and pastors, the Apostle Paul recommends a courageous: "You, however, man of God, flee from all this" (I Timothy 6:11).

Ambition and greed make up the "love of money" which is "the root of all evil," according to Paul. Being root, this sentiment feared ability to penetrate the foundation of almost all spiritual values​​. Use material criteria for measuring religious values ​​is a way to reduce the superior qualities of mere quantities below. Number of baptisms is not the same as the number of converts. Great deals do not mean genuine dedication.

For Paul, to address these distortions and these temptations, Christians should not think twice. Gather all the forces and flee! Escape means not hesitate, do not negotiate, do not coexist. In such contexts, in which the whole world praises money and power, it takes courage, fighting spirit have to make the decision to flee. A close all media, to cut all avenues of relationship. Even in the process of fleeing face temptation to look back. And we are in danger of turning statues, with all appearances ecclesiastical, but lifeless. He who knows the "cunning wiles of the evil one" learns not to play with fire. Bold Christian escapes. Because escape is to fight!