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Thursday, August 23, 2007

The Protocol Plan of God?

Summarized as follows:

1.) A right thing done in a wrong way is wrong.
2.) A wrong thing done in a right way is wrong.
3.) A wrong thing done in a wrong way is wrong.
4.) Only a right thing done in a right way is right!

I found this on another blog in the comments and I thought it was kind of interesting to reflect upon. Good to keep in mind for me.

5 Comments:

  • Oh, man - don't I get a positive with a double negative? [c;

    By Blogger Missy, at 8/23/2007 12:13 PM  

  • Is this abour ethics?

    What about Rahab lying to protect the Hebrew spies?

    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 8/23/2007 12:56 PM  

  • Hi Rose,

    I was surprised to see this caught your eye. Since the Bible study series I learned this from is comprised of over 200 hours of sermons, I decided to try and find a resource on line. I was able to find an on line book written by a student of the pastor who taught the original series. It is titled Practicing Your Christianity: An Overview of the Christian Life
    by Rick Hughes. The section on the Protocol Plan of God is on pages 19-23. If you are interested this book will do much more justice to the subject than I can.

    Matthew,

    Yes, this is about ethics (I actually was taught to use the term "the Christian way of life"). As for Rahab I don't believe she did anything wrong (sinned) in protecting the Jewish spies even though she lied. I will admit, before you point it out, that I do not have a fully developed doctrine of when it is okay to deceive. However, I do know of one situation where a deception was used but it could not have been a sin. That is when God himself sent an angel from heaven to the court of Ahab for the purpose of forcing his advisors to give bad advice they normally would not have given (a lie) leading to Ahab's death.

    That being said, I do believe that a right thing done in a right way is the only way to do good before God.

    Glenn W.

    By Anonymous GlennW, at 8/23/2007 1:49 PM  

  • Rose,

    I got thinking about the incident with King Ahab and tracked down the passage:

    18:18And Micaiah said, Therefore hear ye the word of Jehovah: I saw Jehovah sitting upon his throne, and all the host of heaven standing on his right hand and on his left.
    18:19And Jehovah said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead? And one spake saying after this manner, and another saying after that manner.
    18:20And there came forth a spirit, and stood before Jehovah, and said, I will entice him. And Jehovah said unto him, Wherewith?
    18:21And he said, I will go forth, and will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt entice him, and shalt prevail also: go forth, and do so.

    2 Chronicles 18:18-21
    American Standard Translation

    Also, here is the definition of protocol that R.B. Thieme, Jr. always used when teaching on the subject:

    Protocol is a rigid, long established code and procedure, prescribing complete deference to superior rank and authority, followed by strict adherence to due order and precedence, coupled with precisely correct procedure.

    The point being our spiritual life has a protocol, established by God, that we are responsible for following.

    Just thought you might be interested.

    Glenn W.

    By Anonymous GlennW, at 8/24/2007 11:04 AM  

  • Missy,
    No, not in this case. Good try!

    Matthew,
    you're cute.

    Hi Glenn,
    Thanks for the comments and the links. Yes, I noticed it. I thought it was really a good thing for me to bear in mind.

    That is such an interesting passage from Chronicles.

    Thanks for visiting!

    By Blogger Rose~, at 8/24/2007 1:44 PM  

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