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Old 07-28-2009, 11:45 AM
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I woke up this morning knowing that the Bible doesn't have anything to say about a "critical spirit". I searched the Bible in vain for the word "critical". All I could find is "hypocritical". I remember the term "critical spirit" from attending charismatic churches and it is used by them to silence criticism of their non-scriptural teaching and practices; it's not love to point out error in their view. I would say their term "critical spirit" can be defined as spiritual discernment and faithfulness to believe God's word. It is by understanding God's word through the Holy Spirit in us that we judge according to righteous judgment.

I also see (after a brief lapse of a few hours) that we have a choice to either trust and obey God's word concerning the purpose, structure, and governance of local churches or not.

Romans 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

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