Emanna for 09/22/2020

The Annulling of Cultural Distinctions (2)

Bible Verses

1 Cor 9:20 And to the Jews I became as a Jew in order that I might gain Jews. (21) To those without law, as without law (though I am not without law to God but within law to Christ), that I might gain those without law. (22) ...To all men I have become all things that I might by all means save some.

Words of Ministry

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We cannot group the sophisticated brothers and sisters together to form a church. We cannot group the unsophisticated ones together to form another church. That would not be the church. Such things are not in the church. They belong outside the church, outside the Body, and outside the new man. We must never bring such problems into the church. All cultural differences have been abolished in the church. However, we must learn to "live as Romans among Romans" and be under the law among those who are under the law. Whatever kind of culture we are in, we do as others do. If some African brothers come to China, and they have the knowledge of God, they should use chopsticks. We do not want to come into conflict with the local brothers and sisters. When we go to them, we must learn to live among them. When we go to England, we must learn to behave like the Englishmen, and when an Englishman comes to China, he must learn to behave like the Chinese. If we do not do this, we will stumble others, and they will not be won to Christ. If God's children have a good start in this matter they will avoid much trouble later on.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Watchman Nee, Messages for Building Up New Believers, pp. 127-128. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 9/11/99) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.