The sincere milk

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The sincere milk

Postby armadillo » Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:52 pm

Here is a short devotion I put together a while back, I hope it might be a blessing for someone...

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk
1Peter 2:1 ¶Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

The phrase "desire the sincere milk of the word" is often taken out of context and used to teach that we should all desire the sincere milk, I've heard preachers and revivalists say "just give me the milk". I've heard preachers who preach the milk, every Sunday for decades. It does not matter what text their sermon is about, every message is milk, milk, and more milk.

The problem is ignorance of the context, they ignore the verses around it, and thus by hobble their churches from ever growing. Maybe they are too lazy to spend time in the scriptures and they do not know anything but the basics. Perhaps they do not want to risk offending some deacon or wealthy widow, so as long as they only preach at the lost, there is no danger of losing any tithes and offerings. Whatever the case may be, they are doing a disservice to their congregation.

Some Christians like this in a preacher, they want a preacher that does nothing but preach Hell, Fire, and Damnation, week after week, month after month, year after year. The reason they like it, is they can holler and shout amen, encouraging the preacher to win those lost sinners, and they never have to deal with the hidden sins in their own heart. It really does not matter that they have not had any visitors or lost folks attending for quite some time. Preach it, brother, preach it...

If one examines the text in context, he will realize that Peter is not speaking to mature, spiritual believers, but rather carnal Christians. He first admonishes them to put away from them, to lay aside, five things. Five things which have hindered their spiritual growth to the point they have back-slidden to the new-birth, as if they have never grown in the Lord at all. Malice, guile, hypocrisies, envies, and evil speakings mark these Christians, in the stead of the fruit of the Spirit.

Hence, Peter is encouraging them to go back to the basics, go back to the beginning, start again at the foundation of the faith, and desire the sincere milk of the word, in order that they might grow, and learn, and overcome these sins in their lives. Their lives have become so full of carnality, they can not be distinguished from someone who just got saved.

He goes on and admonishes them to "get right" if they can, if they have not completely stopped their ears to the call to repentance, if they have not completely seared their conscience with a hot iron, if they have not grieved the Holy Spirit to the point they can no longer hear his voice.

Paul echoes this same teaching when he wrote:

Hebrews 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
13  For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Hebrews 6:1  ¶Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
2  Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
3  And this will we do, if God permit.

The foundation, the principles of the doctrine of Christ, is the milk of the word. Newborn babes need to be taught these things to give them a good foundation, that they may grow in the Lord. There are six things here that constitute the milk. They are repentance from dead works, faith toward God, the doctrine of baptisms, laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead, and finally eternal judgment. These six things are the basic fundamentals of Christianity, these are the things that a new Christian needs to learn in order to grow spiritually and become a mature Christian in the Lord.

Therefore, any preacher, teacher, or revivalist who cannot get past these six basic doctrines is nothing more than a spiritual babe himself, a "milk sop" preacher, who will hinder his church from growing and maturing into strong believers in the Lord, who are able to eat soft foods, fruits and vegetables, meat, and strong meat. Too many Christians cannot even handle simple ground meat, much less a good ole steak.

We wonder why the enemy is defeating the Church with such ease, with so little effort. The bulk of our army consists of babies in the nursery still sucking on the teat of the word, while many who could fight have been wounded in the battle and are off the field. We have precious few soldiers who are even able to stand and fight the good fight, and they are weary from the battle, wondering why there are no reinforcements, no relief; their comrades in arms are falling around them, and the battle rages on.
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Re: The sincere milk

Postby George » Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:16 am

Aloha Brother Daniel,

Again I find myself in agreement with you 100%! What you have outlined in the study has been the downfall of many so-called Fundamentalist churches for over 40 years; that, and "respect of persons" [Deuteronomy 1:17; 16:19; 2Chronicles 19:7; Proverbs 24:23; 28:21; Romans 2:11; Ephesians 6:9; Colossians 3:25; James 2:1,9; 1Peter 1:17]. Far too many Christians today are satisfied just to follow a man, or a church, or a school, etc., rather than God's Holy word; but God requires each of us to study "the word of truth" [2Timothy 2:15] on our own - so that we might not be "ashamed".

When Christians idolize, exalt, or glorify men who are in positions of authority in the churches, they are carnal [1Corinthian 3:1-4; 1Corinthian 1:10-31]. The elevation of men (pastors, teachers, professors, doctors, scholars, commentators, etc. - as "experts") within Bible professing churches, in the place of the Lord Jesus Christ; the Holy Spirit; and the word of God has led to thousands of self-satisfied, immature, and carnal Christians, who have become totally dependent upon others (i.e. the "professionals") for their spiritual knowledge, discernment, understanding, and wisdom; and who are perfectly happy to attend church as long as only milk or pablum (i.e. baby food) are on the menu.

Any man can speak "the oracles of God" [1 Peter 4:11], as witness Christ's humble disciples . It doesn't take a special "degree" from a School, College, University, or Seminary in order to witness, testify, preach, or teach God's Holy word. What it takes is a FAITHFUL MAN, who is not a novice [2Timothy 2:2], and who is committed to "HOLDING FAST THE FAITHFUL WORD" [Titus 1:9].

May our God continue to bless you, your family, and the work that He has called you to in Texas.

Psalms 33:4 For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.  
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. . . . . yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written . . . . . Romans 3:4
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