Having written to the Thessalonian church in his first letter (4:10b-12) about work, Paul later learned (II Thessalonians 3:11-12) that the problem with idleness, mooching and meddlesome persisted. The matter was then raised to the level of calling for corrective church discipline. Work is so much a part of the Christian's duty and testimony that its neglect warrants a church's response.
Great Sermon! This was a very good sermon. It brought to mind some who use 'evangelism' as an excuse to sit home, beg for money, post videos on the internet of themselves reading from the bible and call that 'evangelism', and refuse to work. IT would seem from this teaching they are in sin. There are brethren who do not work consistently and take hand outs as well, again, this sermon shows them to be in sin.
In application to myself, I am guilty of working and not being too cheerful about that. Thank you for presenting the truth of the word of God plainly, by God's grace I have seen need to improve in my own life. I will not financially support any believer who consistently refuses to work and begs for money - Tony Miano comes to mind; or any believer who works sporadically, but is capable of working full time. I have no problem helping any who cannot work due to valid reasons.
Pastor George McDearmon graduated from Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, VA in 1973 and from Southwestern Baptist Seminary of Fort Worth, TX in 1976. He has been at Ballston Lake Baptist Church of Ballston Lake, New York since January, 1977. Pastor McDearmon has been married for...