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warn the church about wars, famines, or political Over the years, many people have felt attracted (1 Corinthians 13:6) even at the cost of church problems in the last days. Rather, he declared that by the love they found here, only to leave later members (Acts 5). If our love is not based upon the terrible times would be this: men would be because they reject God’s way of producing this God’s truth, then it is based on a lie. And if our lovers of self in the name of Jesus. true love. Most people want love, but not by way love is based on a lie, our personal deﬁnitions of But mark this: There will be terrible times in the of the cross. For them the attraction of wicked- kindness, gentleness, and love are also lies, put- last days. People will be lovers of themselves, ness and the love of self is too great for them to ting us in league with the Devil. If our love comes lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, hate their own lives. from impure motives and is tainted by what we disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, The man who loves his life will lose it, while the want, then we are not ﬁlled with the Holy Spirit without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without man who hates his life in this world will keep it and are simply using God to get what our sin self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, for eternal life. John 12:25 desires. treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure The Only Thing Many cannot stand the love at Sound Doctrine rather than lovers of God—having a form of Church because it is empowered by the Holy godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to Spirit with truth. The Holy Spirit, which is the do with them. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 The goal of faith is love and the only thing that spirit of Truth, seeks the truth in all acts of love in Instead of a selﬂess love by way of the cruciﬁed matters in Jesus is faith expressing itself in love. the church. If something, or someone, is impure life, the church in the last days loves only if they Jesus was cruciﬁed so that a few might die to (Ephesians 5:5) in their love for God and others, receive something out of the deal. Ultimately themselves and love God and men with a selﬂess the Holy Spirit will seek it out and crucify it. everything comes back to themselves and they love. This is true faith in Jesus. Most people will not tolerate this cruciﬁxion and are quite simply, as Scripture points out, “lovers The only thing that counts is faith expressing leave embittered. Therefore, like the ﬁrst church, of themselves.” Instead of a church that despises itself through love. Galatians 5:6 individuals are afraid to join us. the dollar, they are lovers of money. Instead of The very ﬁrst sermon God led me to preach when No one else dared join them, even though they Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of humility, ministries and churches boast, brag, were highly regarded by the people. Acts 5:13 starting Sound Doctrine Church in Washington most will grow cold. Matthew 24:12 and claim greatness in Jesus. And if someone was entitled The Most Important Sermon. This This is one other way you know that churches are dares to preach or live a message that cruciﬁes lesson discussed the true love in Jesus Christ I n churches today the love of most grows cold. Even as the church sings of the love of Jesus, true faith dies out. Churches boast of their love self, not just in word but by the power of the Holy Spirit, that church will endure all manner of and why it is the only thing that matters. True love in Jesus is achieved only by carrying a cross dead in their love for each other—no one is afraid to join them. Ask yourself a question, are people slander, abusiveness, and unholiness. Indeed, the afraid to join your church because of the kind of and family atmosphere, but love inspired by the daily and by holding to the truth. As 1 Timothy love God works? Of course not! Your church has very people that yell the loudest about the love Holy Spirit died out years ago. Like the world, declares: a false love that makes people feel comfortable of Christ, are the ﬁrst to hate. Why? The reason the church has rejected the true cross of Christ is simple; the increase of wickedness causes the Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere and lures them into joining. However, when the and, therefore, it has rejected how God works love of most to grow cold. in them, because if you do, you will save both cross is honestly present, when love from the and deﬁnes love. As wickedness has increased yourself and your hearers. 1 Timothy 4:16 Holy Spirit is evident, men will feel afraid to in the church, the cross that truly cruciﬁes a man It should not surprise anyone who visits Sound join—it is that simple. Many churches advertise or woman can no longer be recognized. While Doctrine Church that our love for each other People in both the world and the church claim to that they are friendly and loving. However, they churches pay lip service to the message of the springs not from the human motivation that men love, but not based upon the truth. As Proverbs are not offering the love of heaven, but a decep- cross, they refuse to accept the work of the Holy conjure up, but from the cross of Christ. This love tells us, “Many a man claims to have unfailing tion from hell. Spirit that would crucify self. As a result, the self- doesn’t ﬂow from Biblical principles or the goals love, but a faithful man who can ﬁnd?” Almost less love of Jesus cannot manifest itself. What we see in the church today is not love, but a set by man, but from the inspiration and direc- tion of the Holy Spirit. Like cruciﬁxion, it is a everyone desires a love based upon the lies in their hearts. People in the world believe the lie Sound Doctrine painful process but the fruit is a small taste of the that lust is the same as love. People in the church A short tract cannot explain all the ways God thin veneer of polished ﬂattery and token social- love that will overﬂow in heaven (1 Peter 4:1-2). believe that their socializing is love. Men rejoice izing. Indeed, such love is often less than what works love in a church. It is enough to know that Learning to love at Sound Doctrine is a tough in a love based upon falsehood. This allows them God teaches us how to love each other. Surrender we would ﬁnd in even a worldly club or organi- road, full of many bruises. Like Jesus, who was to remain in their sin, while Satan is all too eager zation. Like a club, each church simply attracts to the cross and expect God to teach you how to bruised so that we might be healed, the great joy to reassure them that they are saved and in God’s love. He will teach you what true love looks like, people of similar interests and tastes. We live in and love at Sound Doctrine Church results from love. One of the characteristics of love inspired the terrible times God warned about. Paul did not how it acts, and that it comes only from Him. You us being bruised with Christ. by the Holy Spirit is that it rejoices with the truth will experience ﬁrst how different it is from what the world calls “love.” his own, but they shared everything they had. Christians to just agree on a matter—they must “mature” in the way of the cross will demand Acts 4:31-32 also agree in how they came to the conclusion of a that you allow the cross to crucify all of your Now about brotherly love we do not need to write Inward Matters to you, for you yourselves have been taught by matter. You simply don’t ﬁnd a love that produces thoughts, plans, and life (Philippians 1:27). In God to love each other. 1 Thessalonians 4:9 this kind of unity in the church today, because this love, if anyone at Sound Doctrine thinks dif- men refuse to really give up their own opinions ferently on a topic, we know beyond a shadow The Holy Spirit works, guides, and empowers This, however, only refers to outward things. At and doctrines. Rather than loving the truth, they of a doubt that God will make clear the issue and each member at Sound Doctrine to the degree we Sound Doctrine Church we also love each other love their lies. If you love your thoughts, even powerfully bring us into perfect unity. But you allow the cross of Christ to crucify us. Where our enough to give up our own opinions and way of your thoughts about the Bible, then don’t join or have to be “mature” in the way of the cross. Un- ﬂesh and self refuses to die, love is stopped and thinking. Other people often shamelessly label visit Sound Doctrine Church. For you will ﬁnd fortunately, few are even willing to take the ﬁrst hindered. this as “brainwashing” but, for us who know the the love of heaven that will even crucify where step of surrender unto maturity. power of the cross, it is simply the love of God at your ﬂesh holds correct doctrine. Let us give a couple of quick examples. The All of us who are mature should take such a work in our minds and thoughts. Did you notice ﬁrst church hated and despised money as Jesus At Sound Doctrine Church view of things. And if on some point you think in the previous verse, one commanded (Matthew 6:24). Because they sur- we love God and each differently, that too God will make clear to you. aspect of the love that rendered to the truth and allowed the cross to cru- other so much that we re- Philippians 3:15 God worked? It said, cify their ﬂesh’s love for money, the ﬁrst church As you come to him, the living stone— Growing In Love “All the believers were fuse to rely on our personal had all things in common. God could work deep rejected by men but chosen by God Bible studies as a means of one in heart and mind.” love in the ﬁrst church, and now does so at Sound and precious to him—you also, like gaining the truth. Instead, Doctrine Church, because we despise the dollar At Sound Doctrine living stones, are being built into a we love Jesus enough to A vast book could be written on the ways God ex- and give up our lives. We too have all things Church we pour con- spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, go to the Holy Spirit and presses love at Sound Doctrine Church. However, in common, claiming nothing to be our own. tempt on our opinions offering spiritual sacriﬁces acceptable allow that Spirit to crucify it comes down to loving the way Jesus loved. Though each person owns their own things, we and hearts’ desires. We to God through Jesus Christ. our wisdom. We do not This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ know they are not ours alone. If you are not in- ﬁght hard the ﬁght of want to be like so many laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay 1 Peter 2:4-5 terested in this type of eternal love, then you will faith to allow God to cru- Bible colleges, churches, down our lives for our brothers. 1 John 3:16 want to chose another church. cify our minds. We loath ministries, Bible thumpers, our opinions and allow There is only one kind of love that comes from All the believers were together and had everything and pastors that diligently God and gloriﬁes Him. It was exempliﬁed in His Him to crucify our thoughts—even our opinions study the Scriptures but refuse the cross of Christ in common. Selling their possessions and goods, Son, and only manifests in those who become they gave to anyone as he had need. Acts 2:44-45 about what we think the Bible says. We know too that cruciﬁes our understanding and application well that only a fool begins a sentence with, “I like Jesus by laying down their very lives for each of those Scriptures. Such groups miss the love other. Christ laid down His life by way of the As we shall see in the following Scripture, if think the Bible means…” that ﬂows from heaven—a love that surpasses cross and Sound Doctrine Church, through the we allow the Holy Spirit to honestly shake up A fool ﬁnds no pleasure in understanding knowledge (Ephesians 3:19). guidance and empowerment of the Holy Spirit, our lives, the fruit of love will be produced. but delights in airing his own opinions. You diligently study the Scriptures because you will demand the same of you. If you desire a dif- Sound Doctrine Church did not lay down a rule Proverbs 18:2 think that by them you possess eternal life. These ferent kind of love than this—well, you have lots that everyone must have all things in common. Indeed, Sound Doctrine Church does not own The ﬁrst Christians knew the power of the cross are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you of other options where love has grown cold. anyone’s property, as is often slanderously stated. and therefore Paul could demand that the Corin- refuse to come to me to have life. John 5:39-40 Instead, each person surrenders everything to thians be in perfect agreement. In order for Jesus to give life to our Bible stud- God, and the Holy Spirit works a love among us I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our ies, we must allow Him to drive nails into our Contact us today that has all things in common. So if you value Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one hands and feet. We too, by the Holy Spirit, must and order the free audio CD, your things and your life, spare yourself and another so that there may be no divisions among allow Him to place a crown of thorns upon our The Most Important Sermon. others a lot of grief by not visiting or joining you and that you may be perfectly united in mind thoughts. We must permit our very hearts and Sound Doctrine Church. and thought. 1 Corinthians 1:10 lives to be taken. If you are not willing to allow this to happen concerning your understanding of This tract is a publication of Sound Doctrine Ministries. To After they prayed, the place where they were Make no mistake. Scripture demands that Chris- obtain more copies for your church, ministry, or study group meeting was shaken. And they were all ﬁlled with tians not only agree in all things in Jesus, but the bible—indeed, in everything you think you contact us at PO Box 856, Enumclaw, WA 98022 USA. the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. even in the way they arrived at that unity and understand—then you will not enjoy the love at Written by Timothy Williams for Sound Doctrine Ministries. All the believers were one in heart and mind. agreement. For it is never acceptable for two Sound Doctrine Church. For the love here will No one claimed that any of his possessions was work a perfect unity, and those of us who are www.sdoctrine.org
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