Answering a Fool According to His Folly

by Mike Ratliff

As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned. (Titus 3:10-11 ESV)

Secular humanism, relativism, pluralism, et cetera are worldly philosophies that have invaded the visible Church. These ways of the world when applied to the Church are some of the things that “stirs up division” within the Body of Christ. Other things that cause this would be majoring in minors such as taking things from the Bible that are not explained in detail enough to be taken literally because they are given to us in an arbitrary fashion. Some take these minor points and make them major points in the gospel stirring up division. Also, some simply want to argue. They hate the truth and are not interested in it being explained to them in detail. All of these are the ones Paul was speaking of in Titus 3:10-11 (above). It is a total waste of time to contend with these people continually. There comes a time when, through God’s wisdom, that we move on and have nothing to do with these divisive people.  Continue reading

The Loving and Patient Hand of God

by Mike Ratliff

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.  (Rom 8:26-27 ESV)

I am still on the road, but should be home this evening. I spent much of my time over the last several days with my 13 month old grandson. His mental and physical development over the last several months has been amazing. His understanding of how to function in his environment has grown as well. He has his own little personality and ways. It is a joy to see this creation of God in action. However, he must still be watched closely and his mother and father still have to provide for his needs and protection. He does not know what is good for him or what is bad. He is very smart, but his mental development is that of a toddler. I asked God to show me something profound during this trip. I went to visit my parents this weekend as well. They are both in an assisted living center. They are in their 80’s. I learned much during that visit as well about the stages of our lives and how God is intimately involved throughout in our care and development. Continue reading