“Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate you: rebuke a wise man, and he will love you”
Mike, how can you possibly suggest we didn't approach Martin Zender respectfully? We gave him Scriptural substance that would have served him well if he had believed. It was Martin who had no respect for the Truth, which was given to him in the love of God.
So how is it you love Martin Zender when you would deny him the truth we gave him, yet you can't disprove a single word of it?
The truth is, you're Martin's enemy while we're his friends:
“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful” (Proverbs 27:6 MKJV).
As for your Scripture quotes from “Knowing Jesus,” here are some others from their site that are equally true. If only you knew how to apply the Scriptures, rather than simply quote them. http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Rebuke
And if by these things you are not turned to Me, but act with hostility against Me, then I will act with hostility against you; and I, even I, will strike you seven times for your sins.
The LORD will send upon you curses, confusion, and rebuke, in all you undertake to do, until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly, on account of the evil of your deeds, because you have forsaken Me.
With reproofs You chasten a man for iniquity; You consume as a moth what is precious to him; Surely every man is a mere breath. Selah.
These things you have done and I kept silence; You thought that I was just like you; I will reprove you and state the case in order before your eyes.
You rebuke the arrogant, the cursed, Who wander from Your commandments.
Your own wickedness will correct you, And your apostasies will reprove you; Know therefore and see that it is evil and bitter For you to forsake the LORD your God, And the dread of Me is not in you, declares the Lord GOD of hosts.
1 Samuel 2:25
"If one man sins against another, God will mediate for him; but if a man sins against the LORD, who can intercede for him?" But they would not listen to the voice of their father, for the LORD desired to put them to death.
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, But he who hates reproof is stupid.
Grievous punishment is for him who forsakes the way; He who hates reproof will die.
You shall not hate your fellow countryman in your heart; you may surely reprove your neighbor, but shall not incur sin because of him.
1 Timothy 5:20
Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all, so that the rest also will be fearful of sinning.
2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
But to be clear, we never rebuked Martin Zender (Jeff Priddy) as a fellow believer and child of God, because he isn't one. He's an intellectual poseur, and so are you.
It would do you well to read our site, Mike, if perhaps you might find faith
. Here are two sections that would inform you of the truth we preach in Christ:The Restitution of All Things Universalism The False Kind
Or would you rather continue as Jeff Priddy's apologist and the enemy of Jesus Christ?
(Perhaps you might try to apply your counsel to Priddy; or have you not witnessed how he and his co-workers have so contemptuously treated others?)
Paul Cohen & Victor Hafichukwww.ThePathofTruth.com