The Responsibility of the Brethren

If one in the church is found at fault, then one with more spiritual maturity is to correct in the spirit of meekness, being cautious that they do not enter into the same darkness. Their fault is created in darkness and is a burden to them. Those in light are obligated by the Holy Spirit to shine the light of truth into their darkness in order that the law might be fulfilled. For if a person thinks he is in truth and he is not, he is deceived and will reap the effect of that lie regardless of his sincerity. See Galatians 6:1-2.

We all must learn to exercise righteousness for it to be of any value to us. An unrighteous person is not made righteous because his pastor is righteous. We all must be responsible for our own failures and achievements in order to mature into the Kingdom of Yahweh—the Kingdom of Righteousness.

Paul warns, “Let not sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto Yahweh, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto Yahweh” (Rom. 6:12-13).

Paul further encourages, “… present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto Yahweh, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of Yahweh” (Rom. 12:1-2).

Much communication is necessary for spiritual growth, for it is a definite law that whatever a man sows that shall he also reap. If a person spends time feeding his mind of the natural things, he will reap of the natural. If he feeds his mind of lust, greed, or foolishness, he will reap the works of his flesh. We cannot stop the process of reaping what one has sown regardless of how often we fast and pray for them. This is why our light must shine by our words of warning as well as by our lifestyle. By the same law, if a person sows to the Spirit he shall of the Spirit reap life. (See Galatians 6:8).

To be a warning signal to those in darkness is unattractive to one’s flesh. The Lightbearer takes a risk of being rejected or standing alone in the midst of those who are misled. Lightbearers are sometimes accused of being too hard on the wrongdoer and and sometimes they become the blame for the person’s sinful condition. But Paul encouraged the believers in Galatians 6:9, saying, “… let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Without the Lightbearers, the world will remain in the darkness of sin.

We should give special thought and time to the spiritual needs of our own congregation, helping them to become strong in righteousness. They cannot reign in the Kingdom of Righteousness until they have become fully responsible for their own failures. We must learn how to take power over lies and ignorance in the spirit of love and understanding if we are going to be fully effective in the Kingdom of Yahweh.

Paul also instructed the leaders of his day, saying, “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost has made you overseers, to feed the church of Yahweh, which he has purchased with his own blood” (Acts 20:28).

Those having faith in the principles of Christ are those who are the light of the world. But those who long for acceptance of the world are by nature of the world and will reap the same as the world. They rebel against righteousness in their own lives and feel justified in recruiting others. We should not be fearful of correcting these rebels of the church for fear of losing them as a part of us. If the righteous leaders do not correct or rebuke them, they are sure to help them on their way to destruction. At the same time they are risking the weaker members being tempted to follow in their way of darkness.

The Overcomer

When a person has overcome the world, his thoughts are no longer engrossed and swallowed up with the ways of the world.  “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” (I John 5:4).

Notice that this is a universal proposition; all who are born of Yahweh overcomes the world.  We know those who are born of Yahweh by their Godly characteristics.

“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3).

“The multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul”  (Acts 4:32).

“You all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and judgment” (1 Cor. 1:10).

Let us not be discouraged by those who condemn us for righteousness. Let us not refrain from verbally resisting the way of the world.

Yahweh said, “I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear” (Isaiah 45:23).