I have said many times this year that the Lord has put on my heart that we need to encourage and build each other up not discourage and tear each other down.
If you think about it, when we build things, they generally go up and not down. Houses are built up in order to give us a safe place to rest, walls go up in order to provide support, and foundations, when poured, go up in order to have stability. The only time these things go down is when they are being destroyed.
Christ is the cornerstone of our foundation (Ephesians 2:20). Each of us is built on that cornerstone and become part of the foundation itself or a wall, a doorway, a roof, a window, a ceiling or even a floor. Together we make up God’s house.
However, there are those who wish to destroy and tear down God’s house. One of the things we see, even today, are false prophets and false teachers.
There are also those who lie and deceive in order to accomplish their own gain.
He who hates disguises it with his lips, but he lays up deceit in his heart. When he speaks graciously, do not believe him, for there are seven abominations in his heart. Though his hatred covers itself with guile, his wickedness will be revealed before the assembly. Proverbs 26:24-26
There are people who do know how lead people astray by planting what appears to be good things on their heart, but they have twisted the Lord’s word for their own gain. There are also people who feed off the desires of others and cause them to go astray by adding fuel to an already burning fire.
They sweeten their words in order to destroy others, to lead them astray, to get what they desire and not what God desires. We are not to believe them because their words are only sweet long enough to accomplish their purpose – to destroy.
The next verse says, don’t believe their gracious talking, because they have seven abominations on their heart.
The seven abominations are haughty eyes, a lying tongues, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers (Proverbs 6:16-19)
The last abomination listed is one who spreads strife among brothers. This is referring to the family of God. Unfortunately, we do have strife among the family, we do have liars and deceivers within the body and we do have those who have wicked plans and cause strife and division.
God has absolutely no desire for His people to have strife between themselves. He wants us to unify and be one according to His word. Not just between the churches, but also between the people within the church.
God teaches us that though they may be able to lie and deceive, when the assembly (the church or fellowship) gathers they will be revealed.
Reject a factious man after a first and second warning, knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning , being self-condemned. Titus 3:10-11
The Greek word for factious is Hairetikos (hahee-ret-ee-kos’) and it means fitted or able to take or choose a thing; schismatic, factious, a follower of a false doctrine; heretic. It also means relating to a party or group that is contentious or self-seeking.
All liars and deceivers, all false prophets and false teachers have one thing in common. They are self-seeking. They do the things they do for their own glory and not that of the Lord.
I was discussing with a friend what it means to be self-condemned. His comment was “ask one to repent and see how they respond.” The sad fact is that most people don’t see the error of their ways because they have haughty eyes. They have pride and refuse to believe that they might be the ones who are doing wrong.
Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling. Proverbs 16:18