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Perfect is the enemy of good.

Posted by appolus on June 5, 2015

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The phrase perfect is the enemy of good is commonly attributed to Voltair. Perfect may be the enemy of good but if we lose sight of the perfect then the good begins to wane. Perfectionists tend to come in two types 1. The high achiever. 2. The dropout. The high achiever is driven by his desire for perfection, it is a goal he can never achieve but it does not stop him from chasing that goal. The drop out has figured that to some degree or another he will fail at what he does therefore, because he is a perfectionist and knows that perfection cannot be achieved then he simply does nothing. And in between these two characters there is a sliding scale.

And so what does Scripture say about this subject? Php 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Paul is in effect saying that he had not arrived but was still running the race so to speak, still on the journey. Paul knew well his imperfections and it is right here that we run into much trouble today when we try to blend a theological truth with our practical imperfections. What do I mean by that? Well, in Christ, under His Blood, we are found to be justified. When God looks at us, in terms of salvation, He sees His Son. This is true. Yet, He also sees us as we are and loves us individually. He chastises those He loves and brings about their sanctification through the mortification of the flesh. Just as a good earthly father disciplines his children, so does our heavenly Father. If we as earthly fathers could look into the future and see our children as they will be in 40 years, and what we see is good, we would not then abdicate our roles as fathers now because we know at some point in the future the child is going to turn out to be good. It behooves us to train up our children in the way that they should go and part of this process adds to the final result. This is how God deals with us. Yes He knows we are justified, He justified us, and yes He knows that we shall join Him for all eternity when we pass over. Yet, in none of this does He abdicate His role as our Father. It is all part and parcel of the one thing, it cannot be separated out. Read the rest of this entry »

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Who are you zealous for?

Posted by appolus on November 22, 2013

Gal 4:17 They are zealous for you, but not well. But they only desire to exclude you, that you be zealous to them.

In this particular context the Apostle Paul was speaking of the false teachers who desired to keep God’s freed men under the law. Yet there is a wider application, it applies to all false teachers, the pattern never changes. Today Christendom is full of false teachers. And we can see that many men and women desire that God’s children be zealous for them. How many Christians have you heard talking about famous women teachers and famous men teachers. They will tell you plainly that they love them and buy all of their books and go to their conferences. They convince others to join them saying things like ” you just have to hear so and so,” or ” you must get this book.” Such as these are lovers of men , zealous for them and it is by design. These teachers build their ” brand,” and enrich themselves by cashing in on this zeal that they have created in the masses. So what does Paul mean when he says that they desire to exclude you?

That is a heavy charge. We know that God is a jealous God and He shares His glory with no one. You cannot give your zeal to a man or a women and maintain your relationship with God, He will have no other gods before Him. These teachers who desire the zeal of men are little gods unto themselves and others. And because they are gods unto themselves they see no problem at all with enriching themselves and making merchandise of God’s word and truth. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. If He made a scourge of chords for the money changers and drove them out of the temple here on earth, what will He do when they come before Him in the world to come? If  zeal for His house ate Him up and that was for a temple built by human hands destined to be torn down, what shall that same zeal do to those who defile the heavenly temple? You cannot follow men and follow God, you will be part of one and excluded from the the other. You are excluded from fellowship with God when you follow men.

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