Being Balanced

Outline By: Brian A. Yeager

(http://www.wordsoftruth.net)

  

I. Introduction:

A. All turns from the center of truth are wrong turns (Deuteronomy 5:32-33).

1. Have proper focus of where you’re heading (Proverbs 4:25-27).

2. Walking in ALL HIS WAYS (Jeremiah 7:23).

B. Improper studying leads to unbalanced conclusions (II Peter 3:15-18).

1. I.E. Acts 15:1-21

2. I.E. Matthew 22:23-32

 

II. Body: Not Leaving The Other Undone (Matthew 23:23-24).

A. Do it all right (Matthew 28:18-20 and James 2:10)?

1. Getting “worship” right is good (John 4:23-24), but useless if everything else is not in line (Isaiah 1:11-20).

2. Several churches of Christ were prime examples of this point (Revelation 2:1-7, Revelation 2:12-17, and Revelation 2:18-29).

B. Overemphasis of some things can cause, as it did with the Pharisees, us to miss other things (Matthew 12:1-14).

1. They were so focused on keeping ceremonies of the Law (John 18:28), but didn’t see their evils otherwise (Acts 3:13-15).

2. Sometimes the whole point is missed (Mark 2:23-28).

C. Applications…

1. You cannot read Romans 13:14 and say all carnal pleasure/thinking is wrong lest you err in things such as I Corinthians 7:1-5

2. You cannot read James 4:4 and conclude all association with people of the world is wrong lest you err in things such as Luke 19:1-10, I Corinthians 5:9-13, and I Corinthians 10:27

3. You cannot read Luke 5:29-32 and conclude you can forever remain at the table of sinners or they at your table lest ye err in regard to I Timothy 6:3-5 and II John 1:9-11

4. You cannot read Luke 6:37 and conclude you forgive everything without qualifiers lest you err in regard to Luke 17:3-4 and Colossians 3:13; cf. Luke 13:1-5

5. You cannot read II Timothy 4:2 and conclude you must address every teaching point immediately lest you err concerning Scriptures such as Mark 4:33, John 16:12, I Corinthians 3:1-3, and Hebrews 5:9-14

a. Yet, balance requires you not to allow sin [I John 3:4] for any period of time to remain untouched (Acts 8:13-24, Galatians 2:1-5, Galatians 2:11-17, etc.).

b. If left uncorrected, blood is on your hands (Acts 20:26-27).

6. You cannot read Mark 7:1-9 and run away from I Corinthians 9:19-27 and II Thessalonians 2:15

 

III. Conclusion: Don’t favor any side of a matter.  Stand on the impartial practice of the truth (I Timothy 5:21).

 

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