Sunday, January 6, 2013

Question received: Believers On Mission Trips In Rebellion? Is This Possible?

Question: Should believers in open rebellion against God go on mission trips?

Is this a paradox or contradiction?
Compare a paradox and a contradiction.
Many get these confused.
R.C. Sproul says “something that appears at first glance to be contradiction, but when explored further really is not. The Christian faith has many paradoxes, but no contradictions.”
A paradox can seem false but is true.
Example:  “All presidents of the the U.S.A have been Americans.
Not all Americans have been the president. “

A contradiction says something is one way and another way is wrong..
In logic there is a law of non-contradiction.

A believer in open rebellion is a contradiction according to Scripture.
Scripture repeatedly describes people in rebellion as evil and separated from  Him.

Psalm 95:8
“Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, As in the day of trial in the wilderness,

Proverbs 17:11
An evil man seeks only rebellion; Therefore a cruel messenger will be sent against him.

What definition are you using for rebellion?
By showing grace and biblical discernment through the Holy Spirit, 
know is this person saved going on the mission trip?
If not how can they share the gospel on a mission trip?
It the mission trip includes physical work as ministry and no gospel witness then it is not a mission trip but a ministry.  

Is the person in “rebellion” because they need  to get closer to the lord or flaunting a sinful law-breaking lifestyle?
All Christians need improvement but need to “press towards the Mark.

Do not use Scripture to crush a person.
This person can be saved if they are lost.
This person may be an erring Christian and you can win your brother.
Work coming from humbleness tears and grace.
Self-righteousness can kill a church and the work of the Lord.
This would be a great sin. 

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