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Spiritual Critics

There seems to be a great need in the Lord’s church today for “Spiritual Critics.” There are many critics of the destructive type, who seem to have something of the negative nature to say about a lot of people. But they usually show a deficiency in spirituality, lacking the qualities which would enable them to carry out the Lord’s instructions to the faulty trespassers in an effective manner.

A “critic” in the strictest use indicates a person who attempts to make an objective judging so as to determine both merits and faults. A “spiritual” person is one who is concerned with the eternal well-being of himself and others. He is conscious of his duty and privilege of observing the life of his fellow-citizens in the kingdom of Christ, and when he sees a brother “overtaken in a fault,” he recognizes that it is his job to try to “restore” that brother. He, likewise, realizes that there is danger involved-he may be “tempted” himself and thus fall into the same trap. He is very conscious, also, of the seriousness of the brother’s condition. If not restored, he will lose his soul. If he does not attempt to restore his faulty brother, his soul also then is at stake!

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Faith That Righteousness Is Rewarded!

“I have long been convinced that, if a young person will give his job, though a humble one, the best that is in him, he will be trusted and promoted to better jobs. A strong desire to succeed, loyal and faithful service will still be rewarded” (W.W. Otey: The Tree of Life Lost and Regained, p. 60)

The above statement was written by an aged warrior, claiming a faith that is so lacking in many people today. Yet, it is a faith that should be re-established, manifested and acted upon for the good of individuals and society, too.

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Is “Continued Striving” The Only Condition Essential For The Forgiveness of Sin?

Recently an article came across my path wherein the writer ridiculed the idea that repentance and confession are necessary conditions for forgiveness of sins. After his ridicule and rationalization, then he dogmatically declared, “The condition is continued striving after Christ and truth . . . .” Let us consider that declaration in light of God’s word and our soul’s eternal salvation.

1. The Bible says, “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; . .”; (1 Pet. 4:11). Also, Paul, the inspired apostle, said if we would be “justified” in our “sayings” and “overcome” when we are judged, we must “let God be true, but every man a liar” (Rom. 3:4).

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