GENUINE MEN OF GOD AND THEIR MISTAKES/ERRORS – 1 John 4:6 KJV
1 John 4:6 (KJV)
“We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.”
Man is never the standard of God but His word.
The standard of God is His word. This is because man is fallible and vulnerable to mistakes as man is not God as He (God) cannot make any single mistake. God is perfect – Matthew 5:48 KJV “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
Nothing good in man because he is fallible – Matthew 19:17 KJV “And he (Jesus Christ) said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God…”
Do you know that that the Lord Jesus Christ said we can judge rightly? Luke 12:57 KJV “Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?” We can judge the error of man rightly by the scripture.
This means that God has given you brain and mind to judge rightly – read this scripture also: 1 Corinthians 14:29 KJV “Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.”
This also means that we are to judge the doctrine but not the private life of any individual as nobody is perfect – Matthew 7:1 – 4 KJV “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?” The word “eye” in this scripture means “private life.”
What to judge is the doctrine/teaching going on in the churches as any genuine man of God ( genuine pastor/General Overseer) can make mistake(s) or fall into error(s). You use the word of God (scriptures) to judge – John 5:39 KJV “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me (Jesus Christ).”
All our doctrine/teaching must follow the dictates of our Lord Jesus Christ – Luke 6:46 KJV “And why call ye me (Jesus Christ), Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”
And this judgment of doctrine/teaching will start from the house of God (church itself) – 1 Peter 4:17 KJV ”For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God…..it first begin at us…”
We are to judge ourselves in the doctrine/teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ – and publicly expose the unfruitful works of darkness or doctrinal error(s) in the church, the body of Christ – 1 Corinthians 11:31KJV, Ephesians 5:11KJV and Luke 6:46 KJV ”….we.., judge ourselves.,.And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove (expose) them…. And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”
EVERY HUMAN IS PRONE TO MAKING MISTAKES
The definition of a ‘mistake’ is an incorrect act or decision.
Mistake is an erroneous act or judgment that is misguided or wrong.
It can be a judgment caused by insufficient knowledge.
According to dictionary definition (dictionary.com/browse/mistake): Mistake can be a misunderstanding or misconception.
Mistake is an error in action, opinion, calculation, etc.
Mistake as an error in action, opinion, doctrinal teaching/practices in Christianity, most especially in Nigeria/Africa, it can be from misunderstanding, misinterpretation and misapplication of scriptures with the help of the spirit of error: 1 John 4:6 (KJV) “We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.”
Apart from many pastors who have compromised especially those ones who started well, generally genuine men of God are human – they are fallible – they are vulnerable to mistakes – every human is prone to making mistakes.
They can fall into error(s) – they are not as perfect as God. Their action, decision, or judgment can produce an unwanted or unintentional result which is purely mistake (error).
Therefore, you must take it upon yourself the responsibility of studying your Bible thoroughly with deep understanding in the company of the help of the Holy Spirit who is the best teacher of every genuinely born again Christian.
Despite the fact that Moses was a great man of God who God spoke to mouth to mouth, face to face – he still made a grave mistake that denied him the Promised Land: Numbers 12:8 (KJV) and Exodus 33:11 (KJV) “With him (Moses) will I (God) speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses? ….. “And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.”
If Moses with all these qualities of great experience and intimate personal relationship with God could still fall into error, then any genuine pastor/General Overseer can also fall into error/mistake.
If father Abraham who was the father of faith and a close friend of God could make a mistake or fall into error that led to the pregnancy and birth of Ishmael through his wife’s housemaid (Hagar), any genuine men of God can also fall into an error/mistake! God Himself called Abraham His own friend but he (Abraham) still fell into an error: Isaiah 41:8 (KJV) “But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.”
Abraham was the first person to be called a prophet by God Himself in the Bible but he still fell into an error – he made a mistake: Genesis 20:7 KJV “Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he (Abraham) is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine.”
The Lord Jesus Christ is called the Son of David and David is called the man after God’s heart in the Bible, and if David with these fine qualities could still make a grave mistake, then any great man of God can make a mistake – any great pastor/General Overseer is vulnerable to mistakes : Matthew 21:9 (KJV) and 1 Samuel 13:14 (KJV) “And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest…..But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.”
What was the main mistake of David? He messed up royally! This account of David and Bathsheba is found in 2 Samuel 11.
If John the Baptist whom the Lord Jesus Christ gave his testimony as out of men born of women in the whole Old Testament times, was greater than all the men including father Abraham, Moses, king David, prophets Elisha and Elijah etc., could make a grave mistake about Jesus Christ while in the prison before king Herod beheaded him, definitely any genuine pastor/General Overseer can make a mistake or an error: Luke 7:19 – 24, 28 KJV “And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many hat were blind he gave sight. Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind?… For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”
If chief Apostle Peter could make a mistake or fall into an error which is corrected by brother Paul, then any senior pastors /General Overseers can make mistakes or fall into errors: Galatians 2:14 (KJV) “But when I (Paul) saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I (Paul) said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?”
The only thing that is perfect is the word of God – the word of God is infallible (perfect) – the word of God is error free – it does not have a single mistake – it is absolutely pure: Proverbs 30:5 (KJV) “Every word of God is pure…”
The genuine men of God are not the word of God but the Lord Jesus Christ is the word of God – John 1:1, 14 KJV, 1 John 5:7 KJV and Revelation 19:13 KJV “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth….For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one….And he (Jesus Christ) was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.”
I myself, your pastor/General Overseer can make mistakes or fall into errors but the word of God is perfect, mistake free, error free because we are human.
Note that Heaven and earth will pass away but the word of God (perfect) will not pass away as the word is life and spirit because spirit does not die – but I myself, your pastor/General Overseer will surely die one day if the Lord Jesus Christ tarries: Mark 13:31 (KJV) and John 6:63 (KJV) “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away…. It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I (Jesus Christ) speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
If any genuine pastor or General Overseer knows and realizes that he has fallen into an error or made a mistake and refuses to change, that is, having known the error or mistake and he intentionally continues in it, then his continuity in it is wickedness. And such a pastor/General Overseer has derailed from the path of righteousness – he is no more in Christ; he has lost his salvation.
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Note: Proverbs 23:23 NKJV “Buy the truth, and do not sell it…”
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