Volume XIII, Issue 3the teaching legacy of derek prince | dpm archive
moved.” A person like this isunshakable. If all the elders inthe Church were like that, therewould be no problems in theChurch. I believe these are themarks of Christian ethics. If wepractice these ten points wecould eradicate ethical crises inthe Church.Let’s look at Colossians 3:3–5and go even deeper.
For you died, and your life ishidden with Christ in God. WhenChrist who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion,evil desire, and covetousness,which is idolatry.
Christ is our life. It’s a life thatcannot be destroyed. It cannot beextinguished. It is undefeatableand it will continue forever. AndPaul added, “Now put to deathyour members that are on earth.”In other words, you have to keepthem dead. It’s not just one singleexperience, but it’s a life of continuing discipline.
Therefore if there is anyconsolation in Christ, if anycomfort of love, if any fellowshipof the Spirit, if any affection andmercy, fulfill my joy by beinglike-minded, having the samelove, being of one accord, of onemind. Let nothing be donethrough selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mindlet each esteem others better thanhimself. Let each of you look outnot only for his own interests, butalso for the interests of others.
Here in Philippians 2:1–4,Paul describes our attitude if weare to keep unity in the Body of Christ. He uses several differentwords, but there is one word thatcovers it all:
. That’s thekey to unity. Proverbs 13:10 says“Only by pride cometh conten-tion” (
). So it’s logical that theopposite of pride—humility—would be the solution tocontention.The Bible never says that Godwill make us humble. The Biblealways tells us to humbleourselves. It is not somethingGod will do for us. It’s somethingwe have to do for ourselves.Paul also said to let nothing bedone through selfish ambition. Inmy opinion, selfish ambition isthe greatest single problem in theChurch.I have a friend who is theeditor of a religious magazine inthe United States. Some yearsago, I said to him, “Many of thearticles in your magazine aregood. But after I read theadvertisements I feel I need abath, because it is all self-promotion.”
hristianity is primarily aboutright relationships, not rightdoctrine. The Gospel is not a setof rules. It’s not a statement aboutGod. It doesn’t come throughknowing everything about God.The purpose of the Gospel is aright relationship with God. Anypreaching of the Gospel that doesnot produce that is a disaster.In Matthew 18:15–17, Jesusspeaks about how to maintainright relationships with others.
“Moreover if your brother sinsagainst you, go and tell him his fault between you and himalone. If he hears you, youhave gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with youone or two more, that ‘by themouth of two or three witnessesevery word may beestablished.’ And if he refusesto hear them, tell it to thechurch. But if he refuses even tohear the church, let him be to