Matthew 7:1- Judge not, that ye be not judged.
Luke 12:12-For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.
Philippians 2:12-...work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
So, what I am trying to say is:
You cannot live out others' convictions.
God may tell you to do, or not to do, something, and you feel strongly about it. And although He never changes, He teaches us all individually. It's a personal relationship between you and God. The preacher, your teachers, your ministry leaders, your spouse, your parents, your children, grandma and grandpa, counselors, the president, doctors, friends, (insert other people you may think you can ride into heaven with based on what they believe)...
NO ONE else will be there when you stand before God!
You can tell others what the Word says, and let God convict them, if it is wrong.
You cannot compete with the Holy Spirit of God to convict people.
It's important to always answer questions and give advice based on what the BIBLE says, not based on your opinion.
Even if your opinion is right, others must make decisions on their own, and what God tells you to do, may not be the same for others, or at the right timing for others.
If God tells you to take up His ark and cross the river when it is 2 feet or 40 feet, you had better do it!!!
But, as for others, they must hear from God themselves, and we can pray and trust that He will convict and lead them! It's time to stop preaching religion, traditions, and rules, and begin to preach love and mercy. But for the Grace of God, there go I. We need to preach about the forgiveness of the blood of the Lamb, and not about man's rules!!! Rules are not biblical! Jesus came so that we can be free!!! I said all of that because God told me to. It may not be popular, or well received, but people thought that Abraham, Noah, Moses, Daniel, Esther, Elijah, David, Job, Jesus, Paul, (insert favorite Bible character here) were all crazy too!!! I am not directing this at anyone in particular, I'm not any man's judge, and I don't know who all is reading it, I'm just saying that God told me to put it down, so I did. I was typing so fast, I actually didn't know what it said until I went back just now and read it to proofread! I typically like to put cheerful, chipper, witty, and sweet things on here, and there's nothing funny about God's Word, but I just had to put this on here. I'll answer for it, don't worry! I'll hopefully hear Well Done!
Now that I got that out.....take a look at my $1.25 dress!!!
And I didn't even realize the sun was in my face until I uploaded them!!! Oh well, you get the idea.
And thanks for taking the time to come by and read this. Please pray to God and ask Him what you should do, and when you should do it. Respect your leaders, and who God has ordained. God may have told them to preach traditions and rules. But as for me, I have to believe that God looks on the inward!!!