Speak The Truth… Offended Yet?

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?


5 Comments Add yours

  1. Dan says:

    As far as “judgement” against others I feel there can be a right way about it and a wrong. “You’re going to hell for that” is a critical judgement that we are in no position to accuse someone of if it is used in an inappropriate way. When we say “the Bible teaches that by not accepting Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior you are going to hell for eternity”, is not being judgemental. It is plainly teaching what the word says. I feel that speaking out against the “feel good” movement by saying, “it is wrong to sugar coat God’s word” or “the Bible does not condone praying to Mary or saints” is simply agreeing with God’s word. To say it in a hurtful or condeming way can be considered being judgemental. Unfortunately some of the churches with the highest attendance are the ones teaching the “feel good” method. If you belong to a church where you do not feel uncomfortable about the message at one point or another you need to reevaluate the church and it’s teachings. Jesus didn’t come here to make people feel comfortable with a feel good message. In fact He rubbed many people the wrong way. So if you read this and you can’t think of the last time you felt convicted where you sat, chances are you are in the wrong church. If every Sunday you walk out of church thinking how wonderful a christian you truly are you are definetly in the wrong church. Read the New Testament. If you still feel good about yourself in the end you are not being honest with yourself. The same thing goes for church. There will be times where the message does lift you up and give you encouragement about who you are in Christ, but this should never be the norm.

  2. Jenny Koch says:

    Thanks Steve!!!

    1. You’re very welcome Jenny. Great to see the whole family at church on sunday all in the third row!! Tell Jonahue I miss him!

  3. Jay says:

    Awesome Steve right on target, keep it coming as much as it hurts sometimes it is good to hear!

    1. Glad to know people are benefiting! Jay we miss you guys so much. October can’t come soon enough. Love ya buddy.

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