marking misdirection

  g r a n d   s u b s t i t u t i o n s   u p o n   t h e   c h u r c h

b e l i e v e  &  b e l i e f   
Modern conception of believe is often transitive: acknowledgement through an intellectual assent, creedal faith, intuition, agreeable opinion, or with recursion (i.e., "I believe in the faith I have").
Belief admits of all degrees, with expectation toward what interests us personally, and may not imply certitude in the believer.
Make believe, or, belief in something of relative importance.
<>From the New Testament, pisteuo Strongs# 4100, a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed/installed in some person or thing. Conviction of the truth. To credit upon the authority or testimony of another; to be persuaded.
l o v e
Strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties; attraction based on sexual desire; affection and tenderness felt by lovers; affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests.<>Love is bravely patient, and is kind. Love is not jealous. Love is not bragging, is not born loftily, does not act unbecomingly, is not looking to find itself, is not incensed, does not keep a count of the bad and baneful, is not rejoicing in/for injustice, yet is rejoicing together with the truth; safeguards everyone, trusts through all, hopes through all, perseveres through all. Love never fails. Greater love has no man than this: that one set aside his feelings, desires, affections & aversions for the sake of his friends.
I Corinthians 13:4-8; John 15:13.
b a l a n c e  —  m o d e r a t i o n
Classicism (from Greco-Roman thought) prescribes (aesthetics of) balance in form and objectivity. Humanism lauds balance. Individualism in the practice of society demands both a pragmatic and intellectual balance. Psychology and sociology incorporate principles of balance (i.e., balance of work-family-community)
In Taoism (from Chinese philosophy), Yin and Yang represent the two primal cosmic forces in the universe. Yin (moon) is the receptive, passive, cold female force. Yang (sun) is masculine force of heat and movement. The Yin-Yang symbol (pictured here) represents the idealized balance of the forces; harmony and equilibrium in/of the universe.
<>From the biblical Hebrew words Mo'zen Strongs# 3976 and Pelec Strongs# 6425, balance exists as an evaluation (i.e., the use of balance scales & weights for measure). This in contrast to balance as an objective.
From the New Testament, epieikes Strongs# 1933 reflects the objective of moderation; to be gentle, patient, forbearing, appropriate, and to respond above weakness.
Philippians 4:5; I Timothy 3:3; Titus 3:2; James 3:17; I Peter 2:18
In Jesus Christ, righteousness does and will displace evil as a light drives out darkness. Acts 26:18; Romans 13:12; II Corinthians 6:4; I Thessalonians 5:5; I John 1:5.

c o p i n g


o v e r c o m i n g
Cope: to handle; to meet; to challenge.
Various modes & mechanisms to coping have been popularized vis-à-vis psychology and culture-inspired survival operandi. (i.e., "just getting by")
<>From the New Testament we are defined and directed to overcome. nikao Strongs# 3528/3529/3534: to conquer; in triumph; to win the day in victory. John 16:33; Romans 12:21; II Corinthians 2:14; I John 2:13-14; 4:4; 5:4-5.
In contrast to coping, we submit to God and resist/withstand [anthistemi Strongs# 436] the evil one [Ephesians 6:13; James 4:7; I Peter 5:8-9], while not to resist the evil person [Matthew 5:38-48; James 5:1-6].

o w n e r


s t e w a r d
Ownership is defined as to hold power/control over property or possession.
Many culturally westernized individuals have come to believe themselves to be private lords and owners, each in his/her domain(s). This despite John 15:1, I Corinthians 6:20; 8:5-6, Acts 4:32, sovereignty of the State, lenders, lien holders, etc.
<>A steward is the manager or overseer of another's property; one to whom the proprietor has entrusted the management of his affairs and the duty of transferring the proper portion to every servant and young child. [Strongs# 3622/3263] We honor the Father and Creator of all things as the Husbandman; the Owner of all the earth and all His works. The Bible describes those in Christ as sons, heirs, children of God, stewards. Luke 12:42; I Corinthians 4:1-2; 9:16-19; Ephesians 3:1-3; Colossians 1:25-28; Titus 1:7; I Peter 4:10

s u b j e c t i v i s m


t r u t h
Subjectivism lends knowledge or action guided in subjective experience; a doctrine that the supreme good is the realization of a subjective experience or feeling; that individual feeling or apprehension is the ultimate criterion of the good and the right. Subjectivism remains the primary ingredient to nourish nominalism, individualism, humanism, liberalism, relativism, conservatism, and an array of other -isms. Though sometimes overtly appearing, subjectivism is most often latent in men.
Proverbs 3:5-6 instructs us into a full negation of subjectivism.
<>All of us like sheep have gone astray; each of us has turned in to his own way. [Isaiah 53:6]
Truth is defined as what remains faithfully in accord with God; forever free of human or limited experience. Jesus prayed to the Father, sanctify them in truth. Your word is truth. [John 17:17]
For we are able to do anything against the truth, but only what is for the sake of truth.
[II Corinthians 13:8]

m e n t o r


d i s c i p l e
The word Mentor is borrowed from Greek mythology/theology…
Mentor [Mentes] is the name of a friend of Odysseus entrusted with the education of Odysseus' son, Telemachus; in whose guise the goddess Athena became the guardian and teacher of Telemachus. In the West, Mentor has come in use to mean: a counselor, guide, tutor or coach.
(1980s era of origin)
<> A Disciple is defined as a follower; a convinced adherent; one who accepts/assists in the teachings of another. Jesus challenged the common Teacher and Rabbi roles/designations. Matthew 23:8-12 As His disciples, we look to make disciples [Strongs#3100] of Christ and of the Kingdom. Matthew 13:52 When discipleship steps down to mentorship (being a spiritual guide, tutor, counselor, coach), the full discipline of making disciples falls short; we soon find ourselves positioned between the Master and His disciple(s). I Corinthians 1:11-13  It is written, "Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I command you…'" [Matthew 28:18-20]

a g r e e   t o   d i s a g r e e


u n i t y
Agree To Disagree [ATD] exists as a settlement philosophy, and companion to humanism.
Emerging from moral philosophy, ATD truncates definitive resolution for questions or matters disassociated from human morality. Further, objection to an ATD assertion may be summarily rejected or taken as itself being morally wrong viz-à-viz ATD. Thereby, ATD acts to reinforce moral philosophy as being supreme.
<>"Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" Amos 3:3 "I exhort you… that you all agree, and there be no divisions among you, but you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment." I Corinthians 1:10
Do we know Jesus, or the writers of the New Testament, to Agree To Disagree? [Galatians 2:11-14] Spiritual growth is internally hindered by settlement philosophy, for its action to segregate, postpone, or disregard truth.

John 17      “that they may be one”    

Psalm 133:1  “Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity.”

    Common Tools against Unity:

  • We have different convictions.
  • Romans 14:1-15:7.
  • We have different personalities.
  • I Corinthians 1:9-13; 3:1-9
  • We have different preferences.
  • Romans 12:9-11.
  • We have different priorities?

  • The use of prioritization runs contrary to Christian faith:
    • the setting of a chronology in planning contra James 4:13-17.
    • assumption to invoke preference(s) and/or preferential rating. [James 2:8-9]
    • frames a competition for precedence in action based upon merit. [I Corinthians 10:22-24]
    • may invite artificial assumption for superiority in rank, position or privilege. [Matthew 20:25-28]

    As we admonish all the brethren, “be led by God.”  Romans 8:14; Galatians 5:25; Philippians 1:9-12.

  • We will Agree To Disagree?
  • Amos 3:3.


    Shared Elements for Unity:

  • We share in one faith & salvation.
  • Ephesians 4:1-6; I Timothy 3:16; Jude 1:3
  • We share the common mission & purpose.
  • Philippians 2:1-8
  • We share the humility of Christ.
  • Matthew 18:1-4;
  • We share our common lives.
  • Luke 3:10-11; Acts 2:44-47; Romans 15:27; II Corinthians 1:6-7
  • The prayer of Jesus Christ for us.
  • John 17:1-26