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If your Eye offends thee

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Sermon shared by Anthony Smith

March 2004
Summary: Discussion on the protection of the Body of Christ and the church.Commandments of Jesus Christ, The Head of all things concerning the Church.
Denomination: Pentecostal
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
If Your Eye Offend Thee. Matthew 6:29-30 , Mark 9:47 In todays world, we are compassed with many different doctrine and religions. Religions that turn the truth into a lie. Jesus told us about these things, so that we could prepare ourselves, for the inevitable. Caring for the church, is a 24/7 duty. We are always on guard for the wolf to inter into the flock. Jesus speaks of this in Matthew 6, lets take a look at what Jesus had to say. “And if thy right eye offend thee,pluck it out, and cast it from thee; for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish,and not that thy whole body should be cast into Hell” Now we know that Jesus wasn’t talking about our physical body in verse 29 and 30, but was talking about the body of Christ, within the church. The church body is a part of the whole body of Christ and must be taken care of as an individual. Paul also speaks of the Body of the Church in 1st Corin. 12:14-27.” For the body is not one member but many.” Jesus and Paul speak of the Church as a body to help us understand the many, parts of the church. They divide the many different duty’s of the church as if they were dividing a human body. The , eye,ear, head, feet, hand, nose, ect. Each one of these has a specific perpose in the life of an individual and also in the life of the church. The Head of the Church is Jesus Christ, Himself. This was directed by God and implemented by the Holy Ghost, as the directing influence of the Church. Eph. 1:22 “ and hath put all things under His feet {Jesus} , and gave Him to be the Head over all things to the Church. Which is His body, the fullness of Him that filleth all in all.” So now that we have established who and what the body is, we can now look at the scriptures with better insight, as to what He was speaking about. Matthew 5: 29 an 30, is a warning and commandment from the Head of the Church {Jesus}, as to who should be removed from the church and why. “If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out and cast it from thee...” meaning, if a member of the church having a position, within the body and, the doctrine is contrary to that of the scriptures, he is to be removed from the church {Body}, to prevent the whole body from being contaminated and lost, to be sent to hell. Jesus is concerned about contamination of the body, by false doctrine. As you can clearly see in todays life and especially, where the church is concerned, false doctrine is trying to gain a foot hold in the body of Christ. Evelutionist, homosexuals and the new world order are trying to use, love and words like understanding and tolerance to gain a place within the church. Even the newest translations of the Bible are slowly
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