Who are the scornful? Those who find fault with other ministries and denominations. That operate in a religious spirit thinking that they are right and that everyone else is wrong. Those who have no thought to maintain unity of the spirit, as Ephesians instructs us.
Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3)
What about the scornful? In proverbs we read:
A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth. (Proverbs 14:6)
This tells me that the scornful attitude is most likely to produce false teaching, being unable to find wisdom. Psalms tells us:
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. Psalm 1:1
Sitting in the seat speaks of passing judgment on others. This is the scornful man, always critical of others. The verse here tells us that this man is going to miss a blessing. What blessing? The blessing is mentioned in Psalm 133
A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. (Psalms 133:1-3)
Now how can we characterize false teachings as a covenant with death?
If you claim to follow the guidance of the scriptures in all things, and your teaching 'lines up with the word', then you have made a covenant with death.
Does this sound pretty radical? Well the clue to this is right in the scriptures themselves. For the scriptures, that is, the law, is the instrument of death.
Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: (2 Corinthians 3:6-7)
The letter killeth. It is the ministration of death. Depending strictly on the letter of the law then becomes your covenant with death.
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