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In this sermon from the “Nothing Just Happens” series, T.D. Jakes shares his insights on favor from the book of Ruth. “I didn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, I don’t understand it, but I’ve got it.”
Cant listen past a few minutes; what a distortion of God’s Word; the Word of God is Christ, and He came that we may be freed from sin, that as we become His sheep, we need not want any longer. He is the hidden treasure in the field that we should everything to have. All of a sudden, the Word of God that is supposed to direct our kinds to things in heaven turns into a word for our finances and material, temporal pleasures…
Good message, when we look around the Body of Christ we find diversity and if we allow ourselves to enjoy the variety of God through the Men and women that He(God) will use then we will be the better for it.
Diversity in what, exactly? The concern here is the “diversity” in teaching … i.e. false teachers/teachings among teaching truth.
Well lets see, you call or imply that this man is a false teacher, because you don’t agree with his mode of preaching or what has been said at any given time by him. But if you were the one being critiqued I wonder how you would do. God didn’t call this man to please you, he called him to please himself. So man who are thou that judges another man servant, he stands or falls before his master. Peter in asking about John was told by our Lord of what concern is it of yours you follow me. Please be careful how you touch God’s anointed, whether we agree or disagree they are still His servants and He protects them just the same. Be Blessed.
Thanks for the reply.
To be clear, it is not accurate to explain my concern as not merely “agree(ing) with his mode of preaching or…” My concern, my responsibility–and I think it is a highly important responsibility for ALL of us–is to discern truth from error (Acts 17:11; Heb 5:14; etc) and to guard against and warn others about false teachings and teachers. This is no small matter. This is perhaps the biggest failure of the church in the last 20 to 40 years (among many others). Discernment is not only NOT encouraged and practiced, those that do are mocked, attacked, minimized, judged and condemned as “legalists,” “Pharisees,” etc … all while those that present questionable if not false teachings are defended or protected. This is sick.
We have a responsibility to “contend for the faith” (Jude 3) and discern and defend the faith and exhort others and … (Ti 1:9-13; Phil 1: 9-11; 1:27-28; Jas 5:19-20). It just makes it far worse if we defend and protect false or questionable teachers, especially for other reasons than truly seeking, teaching, presenting, and defending the truth of God’s Word.
“Please be careful how you touch God’s anointed, whether we agree or
disagree they are still His servants and He protects them just the same.”
This quote is a case in point: the whole “touch not the Lord’s anointed” is not only horribly and frequently misused (it is not talking about a “teacher” but a “King” or “leader”) but it is often used to in response to defending a false teacher WHEN concerns are brought up and/or the specific false or concerning teachings are addressed.
This is a sure sign of a dysfunctional family and church … when we dialogue or concerns are shamed or shouted down or re-directed. This also happens in churches/ministries where the individuals with concerns are personally attacked or threatened … especially with “touch not the Lord’s anointed” … and it is used out of context and misapplied.
So, you asked, who am I to “judge…”? I am a nobody, but I do want to be faithful to God, His Word, His Church … and I want to love others according to the truth. And I don’t want others to believe any falsehood whatsoever.
I have to run for the joy
My, my there is a famine in the land for the Word of God. But so it is prophesied that in the end times that it would be so.
Yeah, he reads one passage, and walks around making other connections that are not confirmed in the Word of God. When he says that Ruth stumbled into the blessing, this is not true, because the Bible says that Boaz had heard about how Ruth had taken care of her mother-in-law, and says to Ruth, “May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.” (Ruth 2:12) God doesn’t bless us by having us stumble into it, we are blessed because we are obedient to God, and disciplined for disobedience. He doesn’t talk about there being a condition for the blessing. And of course, the greatest blessing is Jesus Christ himself, saving us from our sins, and giving us eternal life. We could be “blessed” with a million dollars a day for the rest of our lives, but without Jesus, it’s worthless.
Very true.there’s a definite deliberateness. And Faith in the God of Israel is rewarded with righteousness. For Jew or Gentile: Rom. 4; Heb. 11..the whole story of Ruth.
As I understand, the message is not merely about clothes or money, it’s about when you get a tool, it is for serving others with this tool. But we shouldn’t get proud we can have or do something – it is God’s given, so we thank the Lord for His Love, AND bless others with what the Lord has entrusted us. Because there is no other point of possessing God’s given tools but for blessing others by using them.
Glory be to God! Amen.
Well even if favor is not fair I know God is fair and if the favor we are talking about here is God’s favor not man’s favor it must be fair. Why don’t we just say God’s ways are past finding out when we don ‘t understand why he favored someone? God is no respecter of person, lets not forget that and please let’s stop misrepresenting God to the world. His righteous attributes are well spelled out in the Bible.
It is 3;am 7/72013 I am going to send this to my son RODNEY, who love T. D. JAKE.AND SO DO I
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