To judge

Matthew 7:1: Judge not lest you be judged.

The favorite verse of those who don’t like anyone who criticizes someone they like.  I love that.  It’s like we can’t say anything critical about anyone if you are a Christian.  It seems like we are supposed to just let anyone tell us anything if said person come in the name of Christ.  What if a young man said to your daughter: “God told me that we will be married one day so it will be acceptable for you to have sex with me, you know, since we are getting married one day.  We both love Jesus so it’s okay.”  He said Jesus’ name and he claimed that God told him directly that they would be married, right?  So who am I to say that he is wrong since he is claiming direct revelation from God?

Let’s use that example in a church.  Someone says something that is somewhat close to what the bible teaches.  But that someone the other 99% of the time is usually hustling people for money donations in the name of Christ.  Or a teacher denies the doctrine of the Trinity and teaches modalism, that God manifests Himself in three different persons but cannot exist in all three at the same time.  There is only God the Father or God the Son or God the Holy Spirit, never God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, are we supposed to let that heretical teaching go unchallenged?

Let’s say we like to use a Christian group’s music in church worship.  The church that the group is associated with does things that are beyond heretical into the demonic.  They will go to the gravesite of some dead “apostle” or person of God and hover around their grave, hoping to soak up their “anointing” so to speak (source).  I believe the word for that is necromancy.  They also claim that glory clouds of gold dust fill their church during their anointed services, and sometimes they have angel feathers too!!!  And lastly, they depict God the Father as a God who is infantile and borderline insane (source).  But wait, they use the name of Jesus in their music and say how much he loves us and such.  Hogwash.  Blasphemers at best, demonic most likely.

Then there are the people who engage in staged healing.  They call people up on stage and touch them on the forehead and they fall.  And when they stand back up they are healed of some ailment that cannot be verified.  Or they are a swashbuckling coat-swinging person slaying people in the spirit with every swing of the coat (source).  Then they ask for money for healing prayer.  The amount of money that is sent is directly proportional to the amount of faith one has to be healed, the larger the better.

These people are the young man who is trying to manipulate your daughter so that he can “go into her”.  They are whispering sweet-nothings in your ears, making promises and proclamations so that you can sleep with the whores that they have become.  Whore may seem harsh but that is exactly what they are doing: they will do anything or say anything and promise any earthly thing of riches so anyone and everyone will send them their money.  They are carelessly tossing around the Name of Jesus, appearing to truly represent Him but their appetite is found in fleshly desires.

There are a lot of verses that command us to question anything and everything that someone is saying in the Name of Christ.  The book of Jude is a plea for believers to contend for the faith against false teachers, those who teach unholy doctrine in the name of Jesus.  Paul commends the Bereans, calling them more noble than other Jews that Paul had talked to, because they searched the scriptures to see if the things Paul was teaching were true.  The apostle Paul’s teaching was questioned and verified against what the scriptures taught, and he was not offended or indignant.

Please, don’t accept all people who claim to come in the name of Christ of believe anyone simply because they are associated with some large ministry or megachurch.   Know the Word of God so you can be equipped to use the Sword of Truth, the Word of God, against these false teachers and wolves.  We are to judge what is taught in the name of God with what is written as the Word of God, the bible.

Hebrews 1:1-2:  Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he createdthe world.

Jesus said “Repent”

Luke 5:32: I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.

The other day an article was in my Facebook timeline.  It seems the guitarist from Korn, who professes to be a Christian, was lamenting about Christians he labeled “conservative Christians”.  To sum up his lament, “conservative Christians” were giving Christianity a bad name by always bringing up sin and repentance.  His point, which is a pervasive point in mainstream Christianity, that Jesus is about love and having a relationship with Him.  The person’s method of introducing Jesus is through love and just loving on them like he believes Jesus would do.  Jesus always associated with the sinners so He was trying to show them love while apparently overlooking their sin.  “Conservative Christians” are modern day Pharisees.

Let’s see if this holds up.  Here are some verses I found about what Jesus said about repentance:

Matthew 4:17: From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Mark 1:14-15: 14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Luke 13:1-5: There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

This is just three passages I found (also read Luke 15).  Huh, it seems Jesus did tell people to repent of their sin.  Isn’t that interesting.  The Jesus of the bible taught that people should repent of their sins or they will be punished in hell for their sins.  He didn’t just love on people, hoping that they would love Him back and have a special relationship.  The relationship comes after repentance because we are spiritually dead and God the Father is Spirit.

The most unloving thing a Christian can do is NOT tell people that they are sinners who need to repent of their sins before God the Father.  They are dead to Him.  The results of not repenting of one’s sins carry eternal consequences, enduring God’s wrath in the torments of hell. I did not see any passages about God the Father needing a relationship with His creation so He sacrificed His Son so that God the Father could once again fellowship with man.  We needed to be right with Him so our sins were imputed onto Jesus Christ on the cross and Christ’s righteousness was imputed to us.  (Yes, Peter does say that God desires that all people would be saved but that does not mean that all will be saved, only those predestined, the elect [but that’s another topic altogether]).

So, how it seems to me is that those negative “conservative Christians” who want to bring up the need of repentance of one’s sin are a lot more loving than those people not telling people to repent.  It is the height of deception to let a person believe that they are saved because they simply say they believe Jesus or that they raised their hand during the end of a service.  Repent of your sins before the Lordship of Jesus Christ, because we need a Savior who is found only in the Lord Jesus Christ, who saves sinners from the judgment and wrath of His Holy Father, and the freely given gift grace and the free gift of the Holy Spirit to lead us in sanctification.

That is love and those who teach it do so out of love.