|"Finally, brethren, whatsoever
things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever is pure...Those things, which ye have both learned, and received,
and heard, and seen in me do: and the God of peace shall be with you."
(Phil 4:8-9 KJV)
the truth in love provides an opportunity for growth. If
we despise expressions of truth
we cheapen or prevent opportunities for maturity, and if
we lack love we provide no safe environment for maturity. So, we
must speak the truth
in love, and because of love. (Eph. 4:13-15)
-Teri Lee Earl
See also: "The Balance of Truth
a brief expository by Teri Lee Earl
In the book of Revelation, Jesus reproved or rebuked the churches
for lack of either one.
This page and our "Love" page, are extensions
of that one.
See also our Unity
and Nonsectarianism section.
About telling the truth and correction:
A DESPERATE NEED FOR CORRECTION
JUDGE NOT? - WHAT SAYS THE WORD?
by Jacob Prasch
The Cult of “Do
not Judge” by Let Us Reason Ministries
Honoring The Truth-Teller by Roger Sapp
Below is a collection of articles that counteract the belief
that any type of exposure or open, public rebuke is wrong. These are especially
useful as "anti-Shepherding Movement" teachings. For this purpose you may
also benefit from Steve Lambert's on-line chapter, THE
MYTH OF "SPIRITUAL COVERING" .
People forget that the 'cleansing of the Temple' in Matt. 21:12-14 and
the scathing sermon in Matthew 23 were both openly done, in front of crowds of people. The article below is full of zeal (Jer. 20:9 ; John 2:17):
THE NEED FOR OPEN PUBLIC CONFRONTATION by R. Johnston
See also our
page and our Spiritual Abuse
To Reformation page