The Gamaliel Approach

Usually if a ‘move of God’ is questioned or if someone with the gift of discernment raises concern about the spirits behind the move, ‘The Gamaliel Approach’ is often quoted: do not assess it or criticise it or take action about it, and if it is not of God it will die out by itself in time and fail. Do not ‘judge’, wait to see the results.

Is this biblical?? Lets look at where this occurs in scripture.

Acts 5:33-42
Gamaliel’s Counsel

33 But when they heard this, they were cut to the quick and intended to kill them. 34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the Law, respected by all the people, stood up in the Council and gave orders to put the men outside for a short time. 35 And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you propose to do with these men. 36 For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a group of about four hundred men joined up with him. But he was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. 37 After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census and drew away some people after him; he too perished, and all those who followed him were scattered. 38 So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God.

40 They took his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they flogged them and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and then released them. 41 So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name. 42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.

Does this councel line up with the rest of scripture?

  • Notice that this councels to “judge” based on results instead of the word of God.

    We as christians are commanded to test under the direction of the Holy Spirit using the word of God, the sword of the Spirit (1Jn 4:1;Acts 17:11;Eph 6:17).

    The King’s sword, the word of God is a basic tool of discernment. (1 Ki 3:24; He 4:12)

  • Also notice who Gamaliel was – a Pharisee => is his councel really directed by the Holy Spirit?  Notice v4o – the disciples are ordered not to speak in the name of Jesus.

The Gamaliel Approach{foxes}
Twisted Scripture Refuted

The Gamaliel Approach{foxes}

Usually if a ‘move of God’ is questioned or if someone with the gift of discernment raises concern about the spirits behind the move, ‘The Gamaliel Approach’ is often quoted: do not assess it or criticise it or take action about it, and if it is not of God it will die out by itself in time and fail. Do not ‘judge’, wait to see what kind of fruit is produced!

Is this biblical?? Lets look at where this occurs in scripture.

“When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them (the apostles) to death. But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while. Then he addressed them: “Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men. Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing. After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered. Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God. ” (Acts 5:33-39)

We see that Gamaliel was not a Christian, he was a zealous Jew opposed to Christianity on the persecutor’s side. Gamaliel was not inspired by the Holy Spirit or a friend of God.

So is this sound advice??

Gamaliel had the apostles flogged and ordered the apostles not to speak in the name of Jesus in the very next verse 40! Also consider the foxes.

Song of Solomon 2:15
Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that are ruining the vineyards, while our vineyards are in blossom.

I was thinking about little foxes when I noticed that they ruin the vineyard not when there are grapes on the vine — but when the vineyards are in blossom or bloom. This struck me because I’d always thought these foxes wanted to ‘eat’ grapes. Vineyards in blossom have no fruit!

I found an explanation in the following commentary …

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary15. Transition to the vineyard, often formed in “stairs” (So 2:14), or terraces, in which, amidst the vine leaves, foxes hid.

foxes-generic term, including jackals. They eat only grapes, not the vine flowers; but they need to be driven out in time before the grape is ripe. She had failed in watchfulness before (So 1:6); now when converted, she is the more jealous of subtle sins (Ps 139:23). In spiritual winter certain evils are frozen up, as well as good; in the spring of revivals these start up unperceived, crafty, false teachers, spiritual pride, uncharitableness, &c. (Ps 19:12; Mt 13:26; Lu 8:14; 2Ti 2:17; Heb 12:15). “Little” sins are parents of the greatest (Ec 10:1; 1Co 5:6). Historically, John the Baptist spared not the fox-like Herod (Lu 13:32), who gave vine-like promise of fruit at first (Mr 6:20), at the cost of his life; nor the viper-Sadducees, &c.; nor the varied subtle forms of sin (Lu 3:7-14).

The time to prepare for the harvest is when the vineyard is in bloom, before the fruit becomes visible.

Little Foxes Become Full Grown

Some observations
* Song 2:15 is about ‘Little Foxes’
These foxes ‘eat’ grapes
The time to deal with them is when they are small — before the fruit appears
If they are not dealt with, they grow up and become full grown foxes

* Ezekeil 13 is about full grown Foxes
Full grown foxes are false prophets who propesy out of their own
… imaginations
They have grown unchalleneged and undealt with to such an extent that
… they are no longer connected to the Head Col 2:18-19 :(

Instead of dealing with the error or false teachings/prophesies, a whitewash has occurred.

Ezek 13:10-12
… when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash, 11 therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall. Rain will come in torrents, and I will send hailstones hurtling down, and violent winds will burst forth. 12 When the wall collapses, will people not ask you, “Where is the whitewash you covered it with?”

Twisted Scripture Refuted


Transformed Hearts

From ODB Transformed Hearts:

Proverbs 4:23 AMP
Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.

From ODB Uncertain Times:

Philippians 4:7 AMP
And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Heavenly Father, You are all-wise, all-powerful, and
all-loving. In the midst of uncertainties, help me to
rest in the certainty of who You are. I thank You
that Your peace will guard my heart. I place my trust in You.

Isaiah 26:3 AMP
You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.

You are Mine

From: Guideposts

Digging Deeper for Today:  Thursday, June 25, 2015

Israel’s Only Savior

But now, this is what the Lord says—
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
-Isaiah 43:1 (NIV)

And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
-Matthew 10:30 (NIV)

Fruit of the Spirit

From: Guideposts
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. Galatians 5:22

A Time to Think

God’s friendship is the unexpected joy we find when we reach His outstretched hand. –Janet L. Weaver Smith, writer

A Time to Act

Confidently trust God to handle things beyond your efforts.

A Time to Pray

Heavenly Father, please help me face each day with grace and appreciation for the blessings of Your love.

Hold ON!

From: Acosta Rhema

Rhema Word for the Day, Thursday, June 25, 2015: Every small thing that happens-no matter how minor or how difficult and trying-has been designed to bring you closer to your destiny!

Isaiah 58:11–And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

Rhema Word for the Day, Wednesday, June 24, 2015: When we lean on our own understanding, we abort the child of victory!

Proverbs 3:5,6–Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Rhema Word for the Day, Tuesday, June 23, 2015: God is able to work wonders through you; the key is to relinquish your life completely to Him!

Proverbs 3:5,6–Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

From: Bill Pierce DAILY WORD

June 23
1 Corinthians 1 3: 12 “For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” You have an eternity ahead of you that guarantees you there is much more to My revelation knowledge than you know now. There is much more awaiting you than you ever thought. As you love My presence now be assured that within that Love there is no end. The love of this world will never be able to satisfy you the way I do or plan on doing. Do not settle for the less when there is much more. Be sincere with Me in all of your life never giving up on where you are with Me and continuing to press into the MORE I have for your life. When fear tries to step in, My love cast it out. When doubt tries to overrun your life, My love gives you a strong foundation. When relationships of this world let you down, My love will continue to fill your life with an everlasting Truth. My love guarantees you an eternity, gives you Joy now for strength, and a relationship that will always be with you. Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord. Psalm 89: 15. When you are occupied with praising and thanking Me, it is impossible to feel sorry for yourself.” Blessings to you this special day. We are excited about revival days ahead and the opportunity to share Jesus with “one more soul.” mail; 602 Ranchero Rd; Leander, TX 78641 Prayer line: 512 787 0166. bro bill

June 22
“Deuteronomy 29” 29 “The secret things belong to to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.” Psalm 32: 8 “ I will instruct you and teach you and watch over you.”. Hold on to My hand in each step I lead you in knowing that I am with you and will never leave you. Allow Me to guide you into My mysteries that now I give unto you because of your faith in Me. The future is still in My guidance which is the reason you need to stay connected to every move I make in your life. Every word I give unto you will require a walk of faith by you, believing Me that I will accomplish what I have set out to do in your life. I know it looks uncertain to you but I have you in the palm of My hand. No harm shall come against you or no demon will be able to stand against Truth. Whenever you find your self worrying about the future, repent and return unto Me. I will show you the next step forward, and the one after that and the one after that. Time for you to relax and enjoy the future for you cannot redo the past. Job’s ending days were better than his first and I promise you that yours will be to. Trust Me with your life and quit living off of yesterday. It’s difficult for Me to show you the best is coming when you keep visiting the yesterday. Rest in My presence and allow Me to take charge. The best is yet to come. Now, I need you to believe this!” Blessings to you this special day. Pray our Father’s best upon you this day. mail; 602 Ranchero Rd; Leander, TX 78641 Prayer line: 512 787 0166 “one more soul” bro bill

June 20 & 21
Matthew 6: 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Psalm 84: 12 “O Lord Almighty blessed is the man who trust in you.” Your trust in Me is not a natural response, even though it should be because of My relationship with you, but you have been hurt in this world and your wounds are deep. I am not asking anything in return but for you to allow Me to touch your spirit with My healing Truth. Do not even let your need to understand distract you from My presence in your life. It’s now time to move ahead, there is not anything you can do about the past anyway, so allow Me to take your hand and unconditionally love you. I will equip you enough to get through each day, that which is needed, and tomorrow will take care of itself. Many of your worries have to do with the future. But I say unto you, one day at a time, one Word at a time, knowing that I will be there to fight or fix what is needed. My Spirit will tutor you as you move ahead. Pay close attention to Him. Right in the midst of your weakness I am going to show up and show off on your behalf. I love you much.” Blessings to you this special weekend. Bill Pierce Ministries would like to bless each father out there and declare unto you that it will be a special day for you. mail 602 Rancher Rd; Leander, TX 78641 Prayer line 512 787 0166 Kingdom purpose is at hand: “one more soul” bro bill

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