Here are some identifying marks of those having God's backing:I am presenting a few things for you to think about while using your personal copy of the Bible
1. They will base their teachings on the Bible. John 7:16,17 Jesus said: "“What I teach is not mine, but belongs to him that sent me. If anyone desires to do His will, he will know concerning the teaching whether it is from God or I speak of my own originality.”
2. They use and publicize God's name, Jehovah. Psalms 83:18 states, "That people may know that you, whose name is Jehovah, You alone are the Most High over all the earth. See also Isaiah 12:2-5.
3. They reflect God’s joyful personality despite world distress and personal problems. 1 Timothy 1:11 highlights that God is a happy God. Regularly feasting on rich spiritual food allows for this joy. “This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah has said: ‘Look! My own servants will eat, but you yourselves will go hungry. Look! My own servants will drink, but you yourselves will go thirsty. Look! My own servants will rejoice, but you yourselves will suffer shame. Look! My own servants will cry out joyfully because of the good condition of the heart, but you yourselves will make outcries because of the pain of heart and you will howl because of sheer breakdown of spirit.’”—Isaiah 65:13, 14.
4. They base their conduct and decisions on Bible principles. Proverbs 3:5,6 says, “Trust in Jehovah with all your heart and do not lean upon your own understanding,” the writer of Proverbs advises us, “in all your ways take notice of him, and he himself will make your paths straight.”
5. They would be organized in the manner of the first-century Christian congregation. At Matthew 23:8-11 Jesus set out the principle: “Do not you be called Rabbi, for one is your teacher, whereas all you are brothers. Moreover, do not call anyone your father on earth, for one is your Father, the heavenly One. Neither be called ‘leaders,’ for your Leader is one, the Christ. But the greatest one among you must be your minister.”
A congregation of brothers precludes having a proud clergy class that honors itself with high-sounding titles and elevates itself above a laity. (Job 32:21, 22) Those shepherding the flock of God are told to do so “not under compulsion, but willingly; neither for love of dishonest gain, but eagerly; neither as lording it over those who are God’s inheritance, but becoming examples to the flock.” (1 Peter 5:2, 3) Genuine Christian shepherds refrain from trying to make themselves masters over the faith of others. As fellow workers in God’s service, they simply strive to set a fine example.—2 Corinthians 1:24.
6. They are submissive to human governments and yet remain neutral. Romans 13:1,2 makes the point that he who fails to be “in subjection to the superior authorities” cannot expect to have God’s backing since the “the existing authorities stand placed in their relative positions by God. Therefore he who opposes the authority has taken a stand against the arrangement of God.” Jesus also recognized that times of conflicts of interest and gave us Mark 12:17 as the guiding principle.
7. They are impartial in working "what is good toward all", showing no partiality and accepting all people regardless of their skin color, economic or educational status, nationality or language (Galatians 6:10).
8. Lastly in points to share with you, they are willing to suffer persecution for doing God's will. Jesus forewarned all who were and would be his followers at John 15:20 "If they have persecuted me, they will persecute you also..."
Pat, today, those desiring God’s backing dare not water down God’s word or compromise godly principles so as to avoid persecution. As long as they faithfully serve God, they know that people will be “puzzled and go on speaking abusively” of them.—1 Peter 2:12; 3:16; 4:4.
I believe this will help you as you search out the truth.
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