Stir up one another to love and good works


by Mike Ratliff

23 κατέχωμεν τὴν ὁμολογίαν τῆς ἐλπίδος ἀκλινῆ, πιστὸς γὰρ ὁ ἐπαγγειλάμενος, 24 καὶ κατανοῶμεν ἀλλήλους εἰς παροξυσμὸν ἀγάπης καὶ καλῶν ἔργων, 25 μὴ ἐγκαταλείποντες τὴν ἐπισυναγωγὴν ἑαυτῶν, καθὼς ἔθος τισίν, ἀλλὰ παρακαλοῦντες, καὶ τοσούτῳ μᾶλλον ὅσῳ βλέπετε ἐγγίζουσαν τὴν ἡμέραν. Hebrews 10:23-25 (NA28) 

23 Let us hold firmly the confession of the hope without wavering, for trustworthy is the one who made the promise. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not abandoning to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:23-25 (translated from the NA28 Greek text)

Proof that these are Laodicean times, that is, lukewarm, man-centered, not fervently God-centered times in the “visible church” is always found in points of contention. The Social Justice/Woke/Critical Race Theory/Intersectionality corruption of our seminaries and leadership in our denominations should clearly show those with discernment that those involved in that have believed “another gospel.” There is that, then there is the always present so-called Christian leaders teaching a false gospel of “Easy-Believism” (just believe, no repentance required). I thought we had that one snuffed out, but I now believe our enemy will always find fake Christian leaders who hope to build large churches on that foundation of dung. However, if we focus too much on the apostasy all around us my brethren we can become very discouraged, therefore, as the writer of Hebrews says in the passage above, “Let us hold firmly the confession of the hope without wavering, for trustworthy is the one who made the promise. Continue reading