The Birthmarks Of A Bona Fide Believer (10 Of 15) by James Merritt

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I JOHN 5:1-5
"THE BIRTHMARKS OF A BON A FIDE BELIEVER"
JAMES MERRITT

INTRODUCTION

1. WE HAVE NOTED BEFORE THAT JOHN IS PRE-
EMINENTLY THE APOSTLE OF LOVE. JOHN SPEAKS MORE
OF BROTHERLY LOVE AND OF OUR LOVE FOR GOD AND
GOD'S LOVE FOR US THAN ANYONE ELSE IN THE BIBLE.
IT WAS JOHN WHO WROTE, "BY THIS SHALL ALL MEN KNOW
THAT YOU ARE MY DISCIPLES IF YOU HAVE LOVE ONE FOR
ANOTHER. I. IT WAS JOHN WHO WROTE, 'FOR GOD SO LOVED
THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON THAT
WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH BUT
HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE. IT WAS JOHN WHO WROTE
"GOD IS LOVE."

2. NOW IT WOULD BE VERY EASY TO THINK THAT
JOHN DID NOT CARE ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE. HE DID NOT
CARE ABOUT A MAN S DOCTRINE. HE DID NOT CARE ABOUT
A MAN S DEPORTMENT. JUST-AS LONG AS A MAN LOVES
GOD, JUST AS LONG AS YOU ARE ONE OF GOD'S FLOWER
CHILDREN" WHO LOVE GOD AND LOVE YOUR BROTHER, THAT
IS ALL THAT MATTERS.

3. THERE ARE THOSE WHO ARE SAYING THE VERY
SAME THING TODAY, IT DOESN T MATTER WHAT YOU'
BELIEVE ABOUT THE BIBLE-. IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT
YOU BELIEVE ABOUT JESUS. IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT
YOU BELIEVE ABOUT SALVATION. THEIR MOTTO IS LET S
DON'T FUSS OR FIGHT ABOUT ANYTHING. LET'S JUST
LOVE ONE ANOTHER. NOW THAT ASSUMES THAT YOU CANNOT
FIGHT FOR SOMETHING OR AGAINST SOMEONE IN LOVE,
SUPPOSE A MAN IS DELIRIOUS WITH FEVER- AND IS WALKING
TOWARD SOME RAILROAD TRACKS WHERE- A TRAIN IS
HURTLING TOWARD HIM, WHAT WOULD BE-THE LOVING THING
TO DO? WHY IT WOULD BE-TO GO OUT AND FIGHT HIM IF
NECESSARY TO KEEP HIM FROM GOING TO HIS DEATH.

4. TODAY THERE ARE THOSE OF US WHO BELIEVE THAT
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WE MUST FIGHT FOR THE BIBLE AND FIGHT FOR THE
FUNDAMENTALS OF THE FAITH. THOUGH WE BELIEVE
IT OUGHT TO BE DONE THROUGH LOVE AND IN LOVE.
VANCE HAVNER SAID, "WE DO NOT STOOP WHEN WE
CONTEND FOR THE FAITH IN LOVE. JOHN WAS NOT ONLY
A LOVER. JOHN WAS ALSO A FIGHTER.

5. JOHN WAS JUST AS CONCERNED ABOUT A MAN'S
SPIRITUAL BELIEF AND A MAN S SPIRITUAL BIRTH AS
HE WAS A ...


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