- Should I hire this person?
- Are they trustworthy?
- Should I join this church?
- Is this the right decision for me?
Our ability to teach, preach and live the word of God has been hindered by the fear of being called the overly religious judgmental Christian. While we have NO right to condemn a person to Heaven or Hell, we are obligated as Christians to warn people of actions that could lead them to Heaven or Hell. Satan has managed to twist God's instruction and the meaning of scripture by influencing the world to do the exact same thing our children do whenever they are confronted with the wrong they have committed. He has taught them to "pout" and his book "Satan's Excuses for Sin" is quickly becoming a number one seller in the world.
- You're judging me.
- Jesus hung with the sinners. Why can't I?
- It's a process. I'm still working on some things.
- Don't Trip. He Ain't Through With Me Yet (I hear this one even made it to the movies)
- That rule is in the old testament so I don't have to agree with that one.
Christians are ignorantly falling for this snare of the enemy. It is important that we continuously stay in our word for instruction on how to deal with these poor excuses.
The following scriptures require that we make judgment calls based on characteristics and the actions made by our personal selves or the person(s) we've been assigned to minister.
I Thessalonians 5:14
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
I Thessalonians 5:22
Abstain from all appearance of evil.
I Timothy 6:3-5
3. If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to the wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
4. He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
5. Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
It is time for children of God to reclaim their God-given authority to effectively and unapologetically minister his word boldly in spirit and in truth. Yes, God is love but never forget his love isn't always filled with milk and honey blessings. Sometimes, God shows us his love with hard core discipline and instruction. Remember God chastens those he loves. (Hebrews 12:6) God knows that by exposing the worst in us, he is actually bringing out the best in us.
Know your God. Know your Rights and operate in them both whole heartedly!!!