Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. (Hebrews 5:13)
Pick a church, pretty much any church, and sermon after sermon, after sermon, is the same old tired milk.
Indeed a quick look at the congregation and one can easily tell they are the same Christian they were on day 1 of being saved.
Ever heard of preaching to the choir?
The lack of maturity within the church is because the baby-adults became stiff-necked towards God’s call to mature up.
They refuse and even persecute those who call for maturity because they will not allow God to mature them. After all, maturity would require growing up in the sufferings and joys of Jesus. Indeed as Jesus grew in God’s will it ended with a crucifixion unto death on a cross.(1)Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered (Hebrews 5:8)
Growing up requires humility, weakness, self-discipline, thinking, accountability, servanthood, and suffering with Jesus in accordance with God’s will.
[quote_box]Growing up requires humility, weakness, self-discipline, thinking, accountability, servanthood, and suffering with Jesus in accordance with God’s will. [/quote_box] The Apostle Peter writing about the Apostle Paul’s wisdom understood all too well that most individuals would rather die in their sins while going to church rather than becoming acquainted with righteousness.
Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are , which ignorant and unstable people, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. (2 Peter 3:15-16)
Obey as the Apostle Peter instructs:
- Bear in mind that God is being patient with you desiring to give you time to grow up in repentance and righteousness.
- That the Apostle Paul writes with the wisdom God gave him all through-out the New Testament.
- God’s wisdom as written by the Apostle Paul means that there is much that is “hard to understand” and such understanding only comes by denying self, hating your life, and persevering in the righteousness of Jesus.
- Since God’s maturity is “hard to understand” which “unstable” individuals, Christian or not, would, rather than growing up in righteousness, “distort” God’s Living Word. This is why many are eager to distort what Timothy Williams preaches.
Such give-me-milk Christians are not acquainted with righteousness and could easily die spiritually if they do not grow up in Christ.
The fact is, many of these baby-adult-Christians persecute those who are mature in Christ.
Compounding the weakening of the church many a congregation will only hire as their preacher those that give them warm milk to feed upon.
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|1.||Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered (Hebrews 5:8)|