Good evening sister saints!
I wanted to share some encouragement with you about standing strong on doctrine and not allowing the truth to slide just for friends. Let me share a story with you and I hope it will do a couple things.
#1 Maybe the woman that did this will see this and repent.
#2 Maybe it will convict someone else to not do the same.
Several months ago I received a message from a woman who claimed that her and her husband agreed with us on most everything. (She said they fully agree with the 10 point test we use for people to test their religious body.) We emailed a while and were going over topics for women (of which I gently corrected some areas I saw) and in the meantime brother James had emailed her husband to go over the gospel. The husband's response was very brief, didn't want to discuss the gospel (only a quick remark about it) and then went right into the unbiblical lie of marriage permanence. Meaning he believes the lie of one marriage partner for life no matter what and that Christ's blood doesn't cleanse all past sins when someone is born again. The topic is so twisted by the marriage permanence people that I don't even want to go there, you can see brother James many teachings against HERE.
Anyway, the husband wouldn't get on the phone to go to the scriptures on the gospel or what he was accusing us of but his wife emailed brother James and tried to defend it all, hiding that she was the one who wrote it. She did eventually confess and repent of it.
After some time, I checked her social media platform and saw her teaching that she removed her headcovering because her husband asked her to. She posted it on the world wide web and could have led a sheep astray with such things so I used it as a teaching moment to warn my sisters or those who might be seeking. You can see that HERE.
So now we get to the point of this post....
That teaching I did, using her words, convicted her and she sent me an email , thanking me and stating her conviction and repentance over removing the headcovering. She also said she and her husband were studying the marriage topic and were seeing some biblical points that brother James made and that they were still learning.
Brother James sent an email to her husband and didn't receive a response so he text him. It wasn't long in the texts that this message (it's only part of it) was sent....
So according to her husband, she lied? Or is he lying and they truly were looking and seeing through some of the heresy they claim. Either way we can learn a lesson from this but first...
I'd like to leave a message for you (you know who you are)....
In love I say....
Please, repent of all your sins (I shared some of them with you and see you picked up some more after that) and obey the scriptures. If you truly love the Lord you will follow Him in all ways, including submitting to your husband in all things EXCEPT SIN. You are looking like this...
For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
2 Timothy 3:6-7
I also say that that you are accountable for your own studies and allowing the Holy Spirit to teach you, don't blindly follow what any man says, not even your husband.
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.
1 Thessalonians 5:21-22
Please, also study Matthew 4:4 and Acts 5:29.
Brother James and I are here for you both if there is repentance and you both are seeking all truth.
I love you in the Lord and will be praying for you and your house.
What can we learn from this?
It was okay for her to email me and thank me for the correction on headcovering because it helped her see the truth and it's women's issues. Where she went wrong was to share where she and her husband are in doctrinal issues as that should be left to the men to discuss. I know, there are husbands that should be doing what they are supposed to and not hiding in the dark, but we sisters have to be careful not to step in where we shouldn't. Turn them over to God and let Him deal with their disobedience and we continue to strive in and for truth.
He also said that she let 'beliefs and biblical standards slide' for friends. In their case, they have some unbiblical beliefs that they should let slide so they can find the truth but apart from that, it's a good teaching moment for us sisters in the truth, not to let things slide just for fellowship. That would be fellowship idolatry. Hold fast to the truth sisters and let the Lord deal with those who are outside of it and don't want to repent.
Warning to us all.
Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
Jesus also commanded us NOT to be deceived, which means we have His power to know the truth through the Holy Spirit.
Also, do you see that calling people out is a biblical concept and can help in their repentance? Look at all the people called out in the bible...for thousands of years and millions (or more) people to know about through the ages and learn what not to do...
Love to you all,