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 Re: Three Levels of Spiritual Development by Zac Poonen

Christian Fellowship Church has given a clarification on this article.

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A question was raised by some readers concerning this quote from A.W.Tozer in Word for the Week dated 19 April 2019:

“A.W. Tozer in his article Five Decisions for Spiritual Power says: “Never pass on anything about anybody else that will hurt him. 'Love covers a multitude of sins' (1 Pet.4:8). The talebearer has no place in God's favour. If you know something that would hinder or hurt the reputation of one of God's children, bury it forever. Let God take care of it.”

The question asked was whether we should expose the sins of people in the church who behave immorally.

The Bible says, “Speak evil of no man” (Titus 3:2).

But such statements must always be taken along with other statements in the Scriptures that tell us to “expose evil”.

For example, it is written in Ephesians 5:11-13:“Take no part in the worthless pleasures of evil and darkness, but instead, rebuke and expose them. It would be shameful even to mention here those pleasures of darkness that the ungodly do. But when you expose them, the light shines in upon their sin and shows it up, and when they see how wrong they really are, some of them may even become children of light!” (Living Bible).

When Satan quoted Scripture to Jesus saying, “It is written”, Jesus replied saying “It is ALSO written” (Matt.4:5-7).

The whole truth is not found in just one verse of Scripture, but in “ALL Scripture” (2 Tim.3:16). Man is to “live by EVERY word of God” (Matt.4:4) and not just by one (or some) words of God.

So wherever the glory of God and the good of others are concerned, we must certainly speak up and expose evil, in order to protect other people from being harmed. That is not wrong. It is perfectly right – for that is loving our neighbours as we love ourselves.


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