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Three downfalls of Christians
Matthew 6:33 King James Version (KJV)
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
The word of God is never changing. His word is the same yesterday, today and forever. Many times people try to change the word of God and some people actually do change what God has spoken to us.
Recently I had a discussion about the Christians walk with God with someone, and as always the discussion led to these places, “Don’t judge me”, “It is about love”, and “I know my calling from God”. They water down the Word of God. This is the very dangerous road many churches are on. They either have been manipulated , deceived or out of fear of being called a hater they water down the truth and turn it into something that feels good. But what they are doing is walking into hell themselves and leading others with them.
Deuteronomy 4:2 King James Version (KJV)2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.
Deuteronomy 12:32 King James Version (KJV)32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.
Revelation 22:18-19 King James Version (KJV) 18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
So let me speak about each of those statements that the person made.
“Don’t judge me”
This is a big statement, one that people use to cover up a multitude of sins.
The truth is that there is a difference between being judgemental, pointing the finger at the other persons sins and not acknowledging our own sin(s).
Matthew 7:1-5 King James Version (KJV)
1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 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.
John 8:7-11 King James Version (KJV)
7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
By these two scriptures we can say, “ok we are not to judge others”. But is that what we are to take from it? The answer is no.
When a person comes to us and we discuss God and salvation we learn about their life. Now we can make a judgement, or judge that what they are doing goes against God (is sin) when we compare their life with the Word of God. We are judging one against the other. That is righteous judgement. However, we are also to do the same with our own life continually and turn from the sin in our life.
We are not to condemn. Condemnation is different than convicting someone. So we are to convict? No, it is not we who convict but the Word of God. We are the messenger that speaks the word of God to our fellow man, and then it is His word that brings conviction, not condemnation. However, firstly we must make sure that we are not involved in the same sin as we are speaking to the other person about. We must take that sin out of our lives, then we can counsel the other and help them (by the word of God and the guidance of the holy Spirit) to be freed of their sin as well.
John 7:24 King James Version (KJV)
24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
Right there we know that we are to judge by way of righteous judgement. That is, take our life (or the one we are counselling) and see how it aligns with the Word of God. Not judge by how the person looks, but how is their life? How are they living? How do they speak? Foul language, crude jokes, abusive behaviour, stealing etc.
“It is about Love”
This statement gets me every time.
In this day and age of, “Sunny Ways” and “Rainbows and Puppy Dogs” kind of attitude, the attitude where we are not to say anything that may upset someone the attitude where we are supposed to accept everyone, even if they are on a dangerous or destructive downward spiral. We are to stay silent because if we say anything we may upset them. This is utterly idiotic!
Out of one corner of their mouths we hear that people should have freedom to live the way they want, to believe whatever they want, and out of the otrher corner of their mouths we are told to shut up if our opinions or beliefs differ from theirs.
Love-what is it? Love is to treat people respectfully, to accept them. However, Love is also warning people if they are on a dangerous road. Love is to speak truth—always.
If I know a person is on a destructive path, I will tell them so to warn and not condemn, no matter if it upsets them.
If someone asks me what I think of a certain lifestyle I will tell them what I believe.
Hate on the other hand is to watch people as they walk into hell without warning them. Hate is to remain silent as someone destroys their life.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Romans 12:9 King James Version (KJV)
9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
There are an incredible amount of scriptures regarding Love. Do not let anyone convince you that love means to ignore sin. The politicians (or many of them) are telling us that love is to let people live any way they wish, they ignore what God teaches. They twist the meaning of love and ignore the truth.
“I know my calling from God”
This is something I have heard many times from people. In some cases it is true, however in many other cases it is not.
It is dangerous to push the Hand Of God. What I mean by this is that it is dangerous to push your way into a job or career that is not yours simply because it is what you want, and then say that God has called you to it.
You will either fail terribly or you will continually struggle and suffer in it.
I know of several people who claim to be called into ministry, and I and others can clearly see it is not for them. But they love and even crave the attention—the spotlight. They have put that specific calling as a glamorous, more important than any other calling hierarchy. I have also seen some of them destroy peoples lives and even suffered themselves.
They fail to realize that every person has a calling from God and not one is more important than the other, everyone is called to serve, but to serve in different capacities.
Pride goes before the fall. Be humble and serve, minister and be that beacon that shines in the darkness drawing the lost to Christ. Everyday, wherever you are , that is a ministry. Don't force your way to the pulpit because your pride wants it. God will place you where He wants you in His time. His timing is always perfect.
1 Corinthians 1:28-29 English Standard Version (ESV)
28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being[a]might boast in the presence of God.
John 15:16 English Standard Version (ESV)
16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you
The Word of God, our Holy Book is not hard to understand. Don't twist it, don't water it down. It is written for our benefit, to bring us to a closer relationship and understanding of God and His son our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 King James Version (KJV)
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
Hebrews 4:12 King James Version (KJV)
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Philippians 3:14 English Standard Version (ESV)
14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
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