Mark 9:38-40 (AMP)
38 John said to Him, Teacher, we saw a man who does not follow along with us driving out demons in Your name, and we forbade him to do it, because he is not one of our band [of Your disciples].
39 But Jesus said, Do not restrain or hinder or forbid him; for no one who does a mighty work in My name will soon afterward be able to speak evil of Me.
40 For he who is not against us is for us.

I was reading today and came across this scripture. It caused me to think about some things. So I embarked upon a little study. I read several Greek commentaries, several translations plus their notes, thought some more on it – then read some more on it. In plain English John said – ” Hey he ain’t with us ( Texas translation) so we told him hey stop it” Jesus said ” Forbid him not – Wuest Word studies / Greek New Testament says it this way -” But Jesus said , Stop forbidding him, for there is no one who will perform a miracle upon the basis of my Name who will also soon be able to speak ill of Me, for whoever is not against us is in behalf of us “. One writers notes says -” In general, anyone or any doctrine that denies a personal God, the Holy Spirit, the incarnation of Christ, the virgin birth, Jesus’ sinless life, His claims of who He was, His death and resurrection, His exaltation to Kingship – the Blood, certainly is not God ” So this of course takes care of false doctrine and teachers. So I’m not addressing that issue thats a settled question.
The issue was John’s statement – ” The guy ain’t right he don’t hang with us” Amazing isn’t it? Now we see this same attitude later on in the Church :

1 Corinthians 3:1-9 (AMP)
1 HOWEVER, BRETHREN, I could not talk to you as to spiritual [men], but as to nonspiritual [men of the flesh, in whom the carnal nature predominates], as to mere infants [in the new life] in Christ [unable to talk yet!]
2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not yet strong enough [to be ready for it]; but even yet you are not strong enough [to be ready for it],
3 For you are still [unspiritual, having the nature] of the flesh [under the control of ordinary impulses]. For as long as [there are] envying and jealousy and wrangling and factions among you, are you not unspiritual and of the flesh, behaving yourselves after a human standard and like mere (unchanged) men?
4 For when one says, I belong to Paul, and another, I belong to Apollos, are you not [proving yourselves] ordinary (unchanged) men?
5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Ministering servants [not heads of parties] through whom you believed, even as the Lord appointed to each his task:
6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God [all the while] was making it grow and [He] gave the increase.
7 So neither he who plants is anything nor he who waters, but [only] God Who makes it grow and become greater.
8 He who plants and he who waters are equal (one in aim, of the same importance and esteem), yet each shall receive his own reward (wages), according to his own labor.
9 For we are fellow workmen (joint promoters, laborers together) with and for God; you are God’s garden and vineyard and field under cultivation, [you are] God’s building.

Hmmmmmmmmm. Paul’s reaction – ” I’m glad I didn’t dunk any of you !” ( I Cor. 1 :10-14 )
1 Corinthians 3:21 (AMP)
21 So let no one exult proudly concerning men [boasting of having this or that man as a leader], for all things are yours,

So what we see happening here is what I call ” ITEISM” Terrible disease. You see Israel fought against many ” ites” . We in the Church today see this same thing. ( Please see my previous note on ” Ours is the Only Camp” This disease has grown more viral – it fosters division, strife, quarrels, envy etc. These things ought not to be spoke of concerning the Body. I’m a __________ite – no one teaches the truth but ____________ and that’s what I believe. Would Paul call us babies ? I think so. Not too long ago I went with a friend of mine to visit a place where a man was used of God. At one time God anointed him wonderfully and I remember him coming to our Church when I was a small boy. He has been deceased for decades. Now I DO NOT question that God used him, I hear that later on in life He began to get off course in his teaching. I’m not his judge and that is between him and God. I still respect God used him. My point is years later since his passing some still follow his teachings as the ” only” message. There is no further revelation. So there they sit clinging and not going forward in the things of God.
Why are you saying this Dennis? Honestly the pride and arrogance that has crept in with the attitude of ” ites” has to make our Heavenly Father highly displeased! It stinks in His nostrils. It doen’t build up the Body it divides it. When a person or group begins to think and say ” WE ARE THE ONLY ONES” – they have already begun to miss the mark. It is the same attitude and thoughts of the Pharisees and Scribes. My goodness if Paul ( who wrote 2/3 of the New Testament said ” I have not arrived” — I ask them” Who do you think you are? ” No one can hear you because just like a skunk your smell alerts everyone of your presence and flees. This stuff has got to STOP! How are we going to reach the world with attitudes like this being bantered and tolerated in the Body of Christ ? I am so tired of some of the pompous, bigoted, prideful, arrogant, buffoonery we see going on.

Again I’m not talking about good , solid, Biblical truths – the foundational truths of the Gospel. I’m speaking of this demonic divisive spirit that has invaded the Church. Don’t be guilty of it!!!!!!!!

Let’s not let this be named among the Body of Christ!
Be Blessed > Dennis

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