Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The culture VS Christ; Being 'Judgmental' Deception

This is an area where The Church (Christian leadership and christian community) are failing miserably.  They have allowed an ignorant view from secular culture to be planted in the minds of Christians where it is wrong or "judgmental" to point out and say that an action(s), with in the church, are against God and are wrong.  People will always use the "ye who is without sin, throw the first stone." like they know the reason why Jesus said it.  Sadly, 99% of the time its used out of context and as an attempt to shut you up and make you feel bad.
So to destroy that myth, secular tool for shutting Christians up, and tool used for people to live how they want without being confronted; we just need to simply look at the entire context and reason for this verse (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%208:3-9&version=ESV.)

John 8:3-9 (English Standard Version)
3The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4they said to him, "Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?" 6This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, "Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her." 8And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him.10Jesus stood up and said to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" 11She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more."

They were condemning HER as A PERSON.  and using her as a pawn to manipulate Jesus.  But Jesus condemns NO ONE who turns from their wicked ways.  Throwing a stone is to killer her.  To CONDEMN and killer HER as a PERSON for her SIN. This is not being metaphoric.  So to Condemn A PERSON for their sin is not right because then we must CONDEMN our selves as well... AND that's where this is taken out of context and applied to something different. 

[ ! ]To Rebuke someone in the church is NOT CONDEMNING A PERSON... but an action... NOT A PERSON... but a THING.  It is NOT saying "YOUR going to hell" but instead "THAT ACTION can lead US there".  Not saying You are or aren't going to hell but just exposing THE THINGS that CAN take ALL of US there.  The two are separate! THE PERSON (soul/spirit) and THE THING (sin/self corruption) because Jesus came to separate the two AND DID.  THAT WAS THE WHOLE REASON FOR HIS COMING!!!! so that we could be separate from our sins through his blood!  It is NOT condemning someone because despite their SINFUL action, they CAN STILL repent and be saved if not saved already.  LOOK AT THE CONTEXT and not just the words.[ ! ]

re·buke

/rɪˈbyuk/ Show Spelled [ri-byook] Show IPA verb, -buked, -buk·ing, noun

–verb (used with object)
1.
to express sharp, stern disapproval of; reprove; reprimand.
–noun
2.
sharp, stern disapproval; reproof; reprimand.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/rebuke

WHAT GOD says:

Tit 2:15 says we as Christians have the authority to rebuke!  2 Tim 4:2 says to reprove and rebuke is a part of being Christian!  1 Tim 5:18-21 says that before rebuking know its true.  If it (the sin) is true, expose it for everyone (the church) to see to prevent the spread of it.  Tit 1:9,11-15 says to make sure it happened and then to rebuke anyone (the church) who contradicts biblical doctrine so that they may know the truth.  Its beneficial to rebuke. 2 Cor 13:8-10 says that even though it may seem bad, its beneficial to spiritual growth to rebuke and to be rebuked.2 Cor 10:8 even says to never be ashamed to rebuke because it leads to spiritual growth.  None of these statements were options but responsibilities.  2 Chron 19-10 AND Eze 3:18-21 says that if you don't speak up, their "blood is on your hands"!  That's how Important this is!

Now use logic.  If you are held responsible for warning people, your brothers and sisters (the church), for their actions and exposing sinful actions, and showing them better choices and a better way to live, than how can that be wrongfully judging them?! BECAUSE ITS NOT BEING JUDGMENTAL DUH! This post isn't judging people who think this way BUT THE IDEA ITSELF as a FALSE LIE meant to deceive people who God Loves.

Just another example of the secular culture trying to shut up Christ and his Church by deceiving people into thinking they are in the wrong when its the other way around according to God.  Sadly the church is failing Christ for not getting the community of believers to understand this VERY IMPORTANT issue.

Now that you know; God is calling you TO ACT.

To Rebuke is NECESSARY for 3 KEY REASONS:
1) Stop and Prevent the spread of sin
2) Gain in truth, and knowledge
3) Spiritual growth and maturity

 - To people who are still clinging to this idea of "no, it's still being judgmental and that is wrong" are holding on to a false idea for many possible reasons like:

A) They are clinging to a reason for their actions, mindset, or lifestyle, that is against God, and don't want to change out of selfishness.
B) They don't actually believe/love God so they don't fear or feel bad going against his commandments.
C) They don't believe the Bible is God's Word so what ever it says, isn't trustworthy anyway.
D) They feel stuck and don't know how to change or have changed many times but keep falling back in the same hole

My prayer is that everyone who reads this with an open mind and heart to UNDERSTAND what God is saying.  That if this does convict anyone, that this might be an enlightening tool to help them grow in faith and spiritual maturity.  God wants everyone to love him so I pray that he uses this to open the eyes of those who are blind to what hurts him and what he calls us all to do.

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2 Timothy 4:2 (English Standard Version)
2preach the word; be ready in season and out of season;reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Timothy+4:2&version=ESV


1 Timothy 5:18-21 (English Standard Version)
18For the Scripture says, "You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain," and, "The laborer deserves his wages." 19Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 20As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear. 21In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality.
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Timothy%205:18-21&version=ESV


Titus 1:9 (English Standard Version)
9He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound[a] doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Titus+1:9&version=ESV


Titus 1:11-15 (English Standard Version)
11They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. 12 One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons." 13This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, 14 not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth.
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Titus%201:11-15&version=ESV


Titus 2:15 (English Standard Version)
 15Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Titus+2:15&version=ESV


2 Corinthians 13:8-10 (English Standard Version)
8For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. 9For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. Your restoration is what we pray for. 10For this reason I write these things while I am away from you, that when I come I may not have to be severe in my use of the authority that the Lord has given me for building up and not for tearing down.
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2Cor13:8-10&version=ESV


2 Corinthians 10:8 (English Standard Version)
8For even if I boast a little too much of our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be ashamed.
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2Corinthians10:8&version=ESV


Psalm 50:21 (English Standard Version)


21These things you have done, and I have been silent;
   you thought that I was one like yourself.
But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you.
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+50:21&version=ESV


2 Chronicles 19:10 (English Standard Version)
10 whenever a case comes to you from your brothers who live in their cities, concerning bloodshed, law or commandment, statutes or rules, then you shall warn them, that they may not incur guilt before the LORD and wrath may not come upon you and your brothers. Thus you shall do, and you will not incur guilt.
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Chronicles%2019:10&version=ESV


Ezekiel 3:18-21 (English Standard Version)
18 If I say to the wicked, 'You shall surely die,' and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die for his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul. 20 Again, if a righteous person turns from his righteousness and commits injustice, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die. Because you have not warned him, he shall die for his sin, and his righteous deeds that he has done shall not be remembered, but his blood I will require at your hand. 21But if you warn the righteous person not to sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live, because he took warning, and you will have delivered your soul."
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel%203:18-21&version=ESV

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