Now let's hear from the Apostle Paul...
"Dear brothers, if a Christian is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help him back onto the right path, remembering that next time it might be one of you who is in the wrong. Share each other’s troubles and problems, and so obey our Lord’s command. If anyone thinks he is too great to stoop to this, he is fooling himself. He is really a nobody.
Let everyone be sure that he is doing his very best, for then he will have the personal satisfaction of work well done and won’t need to compare himself with someone else. Each of us must bear some faults and burdens of his own. For none of us is perfect!
Don’t be misled; remember that you can’t ignore God and get away with it: a man will always reap just the kind of crop he sows! If he sows to please his own wrong desires, he will be planting seeds of evil and he will surely reap a harvest of spiritual decay and death; but if he plants the good things of the Spirit, he will reap the everlasting life that the Holy Spirit gives him. And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up. That’s why whenever we can we should always be kind to everyone, and especially to our Christian brothers.
I will write these closing words in my own handwriting. See how large I have to make the letters! Those teachers of yours who are trying to convince you to be circumcised are doing it for just one reason: so that they can be popular and avoid the persecution they would get if they admitted that the cross of Christ alone can save. And even those teachers who submit to circumcision don’t try to keep the other Jewish laws; but they want you to be circumcised in order that they can boast that you are their disciples.
As for me, God forbid that I should boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in all the attractive things of the world was killed long ago, and the world’s interest in me is also long dead. It doesn’t make any difference now whether we have been circumcised or not; what counts is whether we really have been changed into new and different people.
Do you remember the revered "Southern Baptist" Anita Bryant in 1977? She publicly shamed homosexuals for their sin that made National News. Prior to this public rebuke, homosexuality was kept in the closet. As a result, gays and lesbians formed political alliances and came out of the closet in full force for the first time because of her blatant bigotry directed at them. She blew the hinges off that closet door. Her career, her marriage and her prosperity went straight down the toilet as a result. Do you think God blessed her for her judgmental actions? I think not. Please read this recent news article entitled School makes at least 75 students take blood and urine tests over 1 empty beer and see how judgmental and irrational this one woman was on how she handled this incident.
These judgmental finger pointers are what chases people away from the Cross of Christ rather than draw them to it. The Apostle Paul rebukes the church at Corinth for judging those who are outside the church body of believers in 1 Corinthians 5:12-13. Paul writes...
Jesus confronts the Pharisees for being too judgmental in John 8:1-11. He said,
Read Matthew 7:1-6 and Romans 2:1-16 for a better understanding on what the Bible teaches on judging others. I can assure you that we will not bring people to Christ by pointing fingers. Jesus said, "if I be lifted up I will draw all men unto myself". If these self-righteous finger pointers really understood the core value of the gospel, they would be the last people on earth to point fingers at another because of their sin. What is the core value of the gospel you may ask? It's without question the act of forgiveness. God forgave us for all of our sins so why should we not forgive others for their sins as well. This is the main point Jesus was trying to make when He told the story found in Matthew 18:21-35.
I have learned from much practical experience that the most judgmental people on the planet are the people who do not admit their own mistakes in life.
I have been a very successful business man in the past. The fruits of my labor bear witness to this fact. Please see my resume. I have told many people who know my business successes that if I became a business consultant I would go with this premise...
I have never been ashamed to admit my mistakes in the past. This is why I am not ashamed of the Gospel. As a matter of fact, the greatest lessons I have learned in life are through the mistakes that I have made. What separates me from the crowd is that I am not afraid to make a mistake if trial and error is necessary to figure out a solution to a complex problem. Have you ever studied the Scientific Method? This method of thinking has proven to me to be the best way to solve the mysteries we face in life.
Why are so many professing Christians not willing to admit their mistakes? There can only be one reason for why people do not admit their mistakes and that is they do not have the true mindset of Jesus because they lack His humility as described in Philippians Chapter Two. My dad had a real problem with admitting his mistakes in life. His favorite quote was, "I might not always be right...but...I AM NEVER WRONG!" Do you see the "double standard" he has manufactured within his "idealistic" mindset? Please note that my dad was a deacon in the Methodist church at one time. These folks are more interested in pleasing people rather than pleasing our Heavenly Father.
I must confess there was a time in my life that I was very judgmental of certain people outside the Body of Christ. This is when I got caught up in the legalistic mindset that exists within the Southern Baptist Church. I have since learned from my flawed thinking and repented of this sin and renewed my mind to have the humility of Jesus in my understanding of right and wrong. This is another major reason why people hate to be around Christians and will not set foot in a church door today. Who likes a finger pointer?
It's hard to believe certain professing Christians can be so callous in their judgement of others. Don’t these folks have a conscience?
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