Lately I have been a bit bothered by the fighting and condemning in the Christian body. I heard about this kind of activity going on but I never knew it was this heavy. I have seen people on YouTube calling people heretics and responding to another post to condemn them based on what they disagree with. I have seen Christians physically attacked due to the words of other Christians, I have seen brothers and sisters literally leave the body of Christ because of these situations. I even see people posting that Paul was a heretic. This is what creates denominations; this is why there are 10 church building on the same block . After seeing just how serious this thing is I realized I was not so far from it when I first found out about the false things in the institutionalized church (traditions). Some of the things I said and posted on my Facebook page though they may have been accurate in content they were not right in the way I went about it. My best friend Pleasure and I learned this about ourselves together. See this is how the holy spirit works, it allows you to find sin in yourself that you never knew existed. The whole time I thought I had my sin in control, up comes a new one from the wood-works. Although my intentions were never to be contentious and condemning, it was most likely going through the head of a person reading. Sometimes this can be a good thing when it’s as far as sin but often the response of a person isn’t to learn from what they may have been doing wrong but to get offensive and defensive; never coming to grasping the fact that there may be something they could change to be more in content with the word of God.
I understand that there are plenty of false things in the body of Christ such as traditions and such but we must not loose confidence in God’s ability to fix things. Follow Christ teachings and that is what will keep you from those false things. What I have seen all through out the internet and in the Christian body today is us human beings trying to be the judges; trying to separate the wheat from the weeds on their own because we get so frustrated and feel God is not doing it quick enough for our taste.
Lets take a look at Jesus’s parable for us:
24Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.25But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
27“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’
28” ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.
“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
29” ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. 30Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’ “
36Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
37He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
40“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
You will realize God tells us to NOT pull up the weeds (sons of Satan) ourselves because we may root up the wheat (Sons of the kingdom) with them. This is something so many in the body have missed. We think its our job to pull up the weeds and each time you do that you are guilty of pulling up some of the wheat.
Understanding: If I am in the fields and I just start whacking everything that I feel is a weed ( things that i feel do not belong) there is a good chance I will slice some of the wheats as well. See we human beings are not the perfect judges in anything and we are flawed in everything we do but GOD is not.
Example: I start going around calling everyone whom I disagree with a heretic and that they must repent based on this disagreement (not concerning sin). Merely because these people have a different understanding about God based on what they have read in his word they become condemned by me. Jesus said anyone who wants to come to him must come as a child and guess what; children don’t have all the right answers and are wrong about many things but he still accepts them. What happens is someone who doesn’t understand what you did will become discouraged by that and leave the faith because of YOUR actions. Because humans tried to do God’s work.
God is the master swordsmen, so let him do the separating.
I really pray for the body that they will be careful of the criteria they use to judge people. I know there is a mass of people who quote the scriptures that show we are allowed to judge such as:
John 7:24 24Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment.”
1 Cor 6:3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!
This is something humans often do, we often focus on the part of the bible we like and only focus on those but we are not do this because it is what contradicts the word of God. The non believer’s biggest argument is that the bible has contradictions but honestly it doesn’t, WE make those contradictions in the way we handle God’s holy word.
Matt 7:1-2 “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.
1 Cor 4:5 Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.
Romans 14:10-12 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.
Matt 7:5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Instead of allowing these scriptures to work with one another we choose one set that fits with our way of doing things and use those scriptures to support it. Some say we are to judge one another while the other says you CAN’T judge me.
What I have learned about myself is that I must judge myself. So much of what I have found wrong with others I later find out the same thing is in me. Sin is in me. It doesnt matter what type of sin it is because sin is in me and God’s spirit is cutting right to my heart. Now I understand how Jesus could call those people hypocrites because they did not see things in themselves to the point they felt they could judge others when they have the same sinful nature within themselves.
Now this does not give a person the leeway to sin and not have to worry about it, quite frankly this is how you know someone is really God’s and if someone isnt. If someone takes pleasure in practicing sin and feels like they are getting away with it because they do not have to worry about man’s judgement then they show their fruit.
If you want the criteria God gives us to judge if someone is his or not here it is:
16So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 17For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.
19The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
This is how we are able to judge whether someone is God’s. We are not to condemn others because they do not understand things about God the way we do. We are not to reject a brother or a sister because they are not where we are in our walk with Christ. We are not to fight and throw verbal stones at one another.
1John 2:22 Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist–he denies the Father and the Son. Matt 24 10-14 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. B’cus of the increase of wickedness, the LOVE of most will GROW COLD, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.
I DO HOPE YOUR PAYING ATTENTION… TO WHATS GOING ON IN YOU AND WHAT U SEE AROUND YOU
So brothers and sisters, let us be careful how we live this Christian walk. Let us Love and leave this mindset that everyone is a heretic but ourselves and our friends. Let us use the criteria Christ gave for us to follow in order to judge things in ourselves and encourage believers. Not base on disagreements but based on the fruit of the spirit. This is how we can tell who is working through God or not.