There is always this kind of “grace talk” about love being the most important thing to a Christian when we differ from doctrine.
No. 1 there is a difference when it comes to differing from “doctrine” and “heresy”. Paul and John were gracious to those who differ from them when they sin. However, they will not put up with “heresy”. Polycarp told the story that John the Apostle, in particular, is said to have so detested Cerinthus that he once fled a bathhouse when he found out Cerinthus was inside, yelling “Let us flee, lest the building fall down; for Cerinthus, the enemy of the truth, is inside!” One tradition maintains that John wrote his first two epistles to counter Cerinthus’ heresy. Irenaeus opposed Gnosticism, including the teachings of Cerinthus. This coming from the apostle of “love”.
No. 2 Biblical love has nothing to be with being gracious when heresy is preached. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. (1 Cor 13:6). I find it the same people who say we don’t love them making accusations of others of legalistic, ungracious as well as ignorant when we differ from them. Yet they say you must love them. We are to love biblicaly not sentimentally. “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.”
No. 3 There is also an injunction towards love. “It always protects” There is a duty of every Shepherd to protect its readers and followers from every wind of doctrine. Trust your administrators of the group with the vigilance of knowing when it is difference in doctrinal issues and when they believe it is “heresy”.
No. 4 There will always be people who would say we are mechanical in our understanding of grace. Notice such words “mechanical grace” can come out of such lips. I find it profoundly strange that while they claimed that you put labels on them, they do not see the same. True grace comes from a security of knowing who you are in Christ. Whether you are blocked or removed from a group, it should not draw a bitter spirit from you. If one goes around having a pity party and complaining he or she has been removed from a group, you are in the first place not secured in Christ. In the first place you don’t understand grace. You also don’t understand love as well since your kind of love always insist on your own and is all about you.
No. 5 Love is not all about one’s own interest. Its always about the welfare of the body. Seldom would one remove or block a person from a group. They are usually removed because of 3 things. One, you were overbearing. Two, you flood their wall or group page with nonsense, such as having public arguments on their wall or something similar like that. Three, when people write to the administrator expressing their concerns about you or your behaviour. Four, when you join as many groups as possible to make a name for yourself. There is a difference when you are invited to join one and when you ask people to add you in all the time. “Love is not proud.”
No. 6 I find such arm chair theologians will and almost most certainly do not attend a church. Their main excuse would be that the church is corrupt, wants your money and filled with hypocrites. Truth be that you can’t fit in. Truth be that, you think you know more than anyone else. Truth be that, church left you bitter. Yet, you stay in your comfort groups and preach from your notebooks. How do love when all you do is sit at home. Love confronts those who you cannot stand, those you do not like, they who hurt you. Even though, church may not be pleasant, we have a duty to always trust, always hope, always persevere. We don’t give up.
Last but not least. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. I think its high time you do to. A ministry is something that is there to encourage the lost, heal the sick, or to help the poor. For those who get caught up with this kind of sick sentimental love, I have only one word for you. “Grow up.” We are here to take care of God’s people and not to pursue our own agenda.
I know this post will offend many but those offended is not part of my flock. I am saying this in love biblical and robust love. Feel free to block me if you are offended. I promise you I will thank you and won’t say a word against you. I DON’T HAVE TO. I am highly favored, unconditional accepted and dearly loved.