|WHO ARE THE PROMISE KEEPERS?|
October 14, 1997
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October 3, 1997
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A question from Dave Volk of Cleveland, OH:
Something doesn't add up here. Remember what Jesus said about the Pharisees and those who "pray in public." He wasn't really impressed with them. Has anyone asked themselves why the Promise Keepers must proclaim in public what they should have been doing all along?
Promise Keepers' Vice President Paul Edwards responds:
I believe you are referring to Matthew 6:5-8. In this passage, Jesus is not ruling out all public religious conduct. What he does emphasize is the right motive for public prayer. The context of the passage deals with the Pharisees' attitude in prayer. Jesus admonishes the Pharisees because they want to impress others. Promise Keepers emphasizes the condition of the belicver's heart. God blesses the person who humbly seeks His forgiveness without consideration of others. If you read further, the following verses 9- 1 3 contains "the Lord's prayer" which was and is still today prayed publicly. Given the audience, Jesus' words had exceptional meaning since the Old Testament records twelve different public gatherings that were instituted. For example, the Feast of Weeks, or Pentecost (Exodus 23:16a; 34:22a; Leviticus 23:15-21; Numbers 28:26-31; Deuteronomy 16:9-12; Acts 2:1-41; 20:16; 1 Corinthians 16:8) is one of the public expressions found in the Bible.
Finally, Promise Keepers asks men to come forward and proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. This is in harmony with what the Bible teaches. Matthew 10:32 and Luke 12:8 are very clear about acknowledging Jesus Christ before others. In fact, if Christians do not acknowledge Jesus as the Son of God, Jesus will not acknowledge him or her before God the father.
Reverend Alice Anderson responds:
You're asking. Let's listen for the answer.