Living Apostolic in San Antonio

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Building UP Yourselves On Your Most Holy Faith

There are many venues available — mostly online — where the beliefs of Oneness Apostolics are discussed, generally by individuals purporting to themselves be Oneness Apostolics.

However, all too often the tenor of these discussions is caustic and is derisive of any standards of separation from the world. Time-honored and Scripturally-based standards of dress, appearance and lifestyle are scoffed at as “legalism” and are summarily dismissed or relegated to the realm of “hardliners” and “extremists.”

I’d like to caution us, though, to do as the Word enjoins — to “try the spirits.”

The direction of a conversation often reveals its origins. That which proceeds from God builds up; that which proceeds from the enemy of our souls tears down.

Jude 20-21 urges that “…ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”

Notice that? BUILDING UP. Not tearing down. Not diminishing the importance of cleansing ourselves from ALL filthiness of the flesh (outward) and spirit (inward), as instructed in II Corinthians 7:1. Not making demeaning remarks about standards loved and cherished for generations. No…building UP.

The preceding verses (Jude 17-19) reveal the spirit of the world that motivates the efforts to tear down: “But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; how that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.”

Think about the direction of your words, arguments and ideas. Are you building UP?

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February 25, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized

2 Comments »

  1. So good and so true! Unless people fall in love with Jesus, the Word, His ways and walk in the Spirit, standards will be distasteful to the flesh! His commandments should not be grievous as stated in 1 John 5:3. The rewards and blessings of holiness standards (inward and outward) are out of this world! They bring down strongholds as well!

    Comment by Julia Garcia | February 25, 2013 | Reply

  2. Thank you Jesus for a man of God who is still preaching the truth of God’s Word!!! I appreciate your balance and the stand that you take on holiness! Alamo City Apostolic Church is a light house and a refuge from an evil and wicked world. Thank you Pastor and Sister Nix. Our church family and the lost souls in the city of San Antonio need you.

    Comment by Gina Gilmer | March 5, 2013 | Reply


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