Many of you know how I feel about the “feel good” church movement. Most of you have read my views concerning my distaste for walking on eggshells. I tend to be very opinionated, but I love to hear other’s views. When other people correct me, it is an opportunity to learn. However, I’m yet to be swayed on my views on this particular subject. The only argument that keeps coming up is that I shouldn’t be judgmental because the Bible tells us not to judge. I agree. Judge not lest ye be judged, for by the same measure you judge ye also will be judged. Take the plank out of your own eye before removing the speck from your brother’s. And so on. I get it. Believe me. But let me give four instances in the new testament when Jesus and His disciples called men out on their wrong-doings.
1. Luke 3:7: “You brood of vipers, who warned you of the wrath to come?”
These are the first words that John the Baptist speaks to the crowd that gathers to see him in Jordan. By calling them a brood of vipers he was saying that they are children of the devil.
2. John 8:44: “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire.”
Jesus is talking to the Jews who tell Him that they are heirs of Abraham. Jesus tells them that they are children of the devil, right to their face.
3. Acts 8:21: “You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is not right before God.”
Simon the Sorcerer thought he could buy the gifts of the Spirit. Peter had no problem telling him exactly what he saw in his heart.
4. 3 John 1:9: “but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first.”
Diotrephes has been talking “wicked nonsense” against the disciples and refused to welcome the brothers. John had no problem exposing his selfishness.
There’s a time and place for passivity, but not in the Church. We as Christians have been passive enough. It’s high time to stop allowing false doctrine and tolerance in the church to continue. If you find yourself in a church that continually preaches a message of “a-okay-ness” it’s time to question (please follow proper protocol). If you work with someone who calls himself a Christian but continues his party lifestyle – boozing, sleeping around, etc. Call him out! It’s not judging, it’s the law. But we aren’t under the law right? We’re under grace?
Matthew 7:23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’
God is very clear that we are to uphold the commandments in spite of God’s faithfulness to forgive. If it were enough to go through motions then the man in the preceding verses would have been allowed into the kingdom. Let’s read:
Matthew 7:21, 22 “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.'”
That man went through motions. He prophesied, cast out demons. The Holy Spirit worked in him to perform miracles. Many were probably saved through hearing his words. But what did the LORD say? Depart, you who practice lawlessness.
Speak the truth to your co-workers, classmates, and family. Talk to the person at church whose language is offensive to those around them. Tell your family members that it’s not okay to live the way that they live. Evaluate your own heart. What can you be doing differently in your own life?