sermonette: The Great Divide

Recognizing the Dangers of Hidden Bitterness Within Our Fellowship
Joseph B. Baity
Given 05-Mar-16; Sermon #1311s; 20 minutes

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Joe Baity reminds us that we live in a world divided, as seen in the impending implosions of the two major political parties, the fragmentation of the European 'Union,' fratricide among the Islamic factions, race wars, gender wars, class wars, and bitter vitriol, anger, and resentment rule the day. People are no longer hearing one another, but only their own amplified, distorted, and poisoned perceptions they carry of others. Babylon is blinded with bitterness. The Church of God has not escaped the poison of resentment and bitterness following the death of Herbert W. Armstrong, leading to the wholesale apostasy and diaspora which followed. Our ability to discern falsehood is directly related to our ability to recognize truth and act on it. Emotions such as pride, stubbornness, resentment, and envy (a root of bitterness influenced by the culture around them) have split congregations, dividing brethren more than doctrinal disputes. We are implored to seek and pursue peace with everyone. Resentment unresolved can make us physically and spiritual sick. Carrie Fisher contends that "Resentment is the poison you swallow hoping the other person will die." When resentment goes underground, it raises havoc with our nervous system as well as jeopardizes our salvation. It is okay to get angry—just as long as we do not stay there. As God's called-out ones, we must learn how to take the hit and turn the other shoulder.

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Acridity Bitter gall Bitterness Carrie Fisher: "Resentment is the poison you swallow hoping the other person will die." Catch 22 Destruction of Judah Deuteronomy 29:12, 16-19 Doctrinal adulterations Ephesians 4:26-32 European union fragmentation Evil presence impacting our environment I John 2:9-11 Francis Shaeffer Hebrews 12:14-15 Hostility Immigration crisis Intra-party vitriolic Isaiah 63:10 11 It is okay to get angry—just do not stay there Jeremiah 9:13-16 Learn how to take the hit and turn the other shoulder. Pikria Pursue peace Romans 5:8 Satan's temptation of Eve Sharar Stubborn Surreptitious presence of Satan Syrian factions The Dissatisfaction of Francis Schaeffer Unresolved resentment


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