Resisting Leadership, by JG
May 1, 2018
Please take our name off your mailing list. Could you direct your energy more toward guarding the people who took the step that you have, trying to keep them from moving on out into the world. If you look at the next generations, you cannot keep from being alarmed. I have cousins that are not so sure that the “creation” is a true story. Seems if someone starts to resist leadership, soon they are in conflict, which subjects them to sin. Serve the Lord with a perfect heart.
Jonas Yoder responds:
JG: Thank you for your response. I’m sorry that you were offended by the Amish Voice. We try hard to keep our materials biblical with the intention of bringing encouragement and the good news of the gospel while also warning against the dangers of the world. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Romans 12:2).
I wonder if it’s possible that your view of the world and the Biblical view of the world might be different. I know that various people groups, often including Amish, view the world as people who use certain modern conveniences etc.. If you do a study on the biblical use of the word, world, you will find that the Bible defines world as a particular mindset, particularly that of operating from an unregenerate mind or not operating by faith but by sight. A biblical description of a worldly person would be one that is preoccupied with the physical things of the world, money, possessions, fame etc. So from that perspective any person from any culture can be a worldly person because it’s based on the mindset of the person instead of physical possessions. Likewise any person from any culture can be a spiritual person based on whether they have been born again into the kingdom of God and consequently will have a more spiritual focus or mindset. Unfortunately it is easy for a person from any culture to become worldly by being preoccupied with physical possessions etc.
I’m glad that you pointed out that we need to serve the lord with a perfect heart but we also know that no human being has a perfect heart of themselves which is why it is so vitally important to be born again into the kingdom of God by which we receive a new and perfect heart. May God bless you as you endeavor to serve him with a perfect heart.
— Jonas Yoder
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