a reply to: Ghost147
I saw only two people that cast a wide enough net to provide the full meaning and context of Mathew 6:1-18. When people pull a particular verse to use
to contradict or claim a hypocrisy, they fail to realise that there are supporting verses that must be taken into consideration as well.
is another commandment to be humble and meek. Here are some supporting verses:
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.
1st Peter 3:15
But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason
for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.
Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, who do his just commands; seek righteousness; seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden
on the day of the anger of the Lord.
There are many more scriptures that place value on the traits of humility, humbleness, and being meek. Even one of the fruits of the Spirit is
gentleness. So back to Mathew 6, when it says not to practice, pray, or fast to draw attention to yourselves, it's because drawing attention to
yourself is an act of self importance and is not being humble or meek. Further, drawing attention to yourself is drawing attention away from Christ
and Ephesians 2:8 says "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God"
So, for example, if a Christian leaves a foodbasket to the hungry, it's best to do it in secret without the recipient knowing who left it. Because
then recognition can be given to God instead of the Christian.
So in essence, Mathew 6:1 isn't saying not to practice in public. It's just saying not to do it in a way that detracts from God.
7/10/2015 by EternalSolace because: (no reason given)