To venable (verb): To randomly muse upon this and that.

I have been reading through Ray. Evans’ book “Ready Steady Grow”. Much is helpful. One point he makes concerns how we deal with different situations. He makes the contrast between how the situation in Acts 5:1-11 differs form that in Acts 6:1-7 and accordingly how they were dealt with.

The deceit of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1-11 was dealt with by ex-communication. That is ex-communication of the severest type in that they were slain. The basic truth is though that they were removed from the fellowship of believers there in Jerusalem.

The dispute over the distribution of resources in Acts 6 was dealt with very differently. In order to deal with this threat to the progress of the work of God, a sensible strategy was set in place in order to resolve the dispute. The apostles (who were in essence prototype elders) passed responsibility to a group (who were essentially prototype deacons). The deacons took responsibility to solve the issue.

The pertinent point raised in the book by Ray Evans is that we need to know what issue we are dealing with. Are we dealing with an Acts 5 or an Acts 6 problem? If we fail to diagnose the category of the problem then we will fail to implement the right solution. To have an Acts 6 situation and deal with it in an Acts 5 way potentially leads to all kinds of damage. To deal with an Acts 5 situation in an Acts 6 kind of way leads to sinful activity being tolerated.

So get your diagnosis right and you are likely to apply the right treatment.

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