Judging

John the Elder wrote: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit; but test the spirits whether they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (I Jn.4:1). Was the elder judging or was he discerning? To begin with, did he have the power or the means to carry out a sentence? Of course, he could not send anyone to prison or to hell. At the same time, could he stand by and let perverted ideas destroy the fellowship? We must be the judge of what is accepted in our society and not some stranger with unacceptable ideas or morals for that matter. We must live with the choices we make. And if we are being led to choices which place us outside the kingdom of God then who is going to save us? The Bible is very specific on what God expects of us (Mic.6:8). By our obedience to His Word we identify as being his disciples (Jn.14:21-24).

Accusations have been, that those of us who are unwilling to allow false prophets to feed us their yarn, we are being judgmental. To begin with, you are absolutely correct, because you are leading us away from the teaching of the Scriptures and into a life that shall separate us from Christ and our salvation. Immorality and perversions are subject to God’s judgments and not ours (Heb.13:4). At best, we can only discern what your life-style and belief is in relationship to the Scriptures. Jesus, Himself, announced that he did not come to alter or change the requirements for pleasing God or entering His Kingdom. Not even the smallest dot shall be omitted from God’s law (Lk.21:33; Mt.5:18). And if by chance, you claim that grace and love shall cover your deliberate continuation in sin; then, you are skating on very thin ice (Ro.6). However, if you follow the false prophet then Jesus or Paul’s teaching has no bearing on you, neither has their salvation.

The argument has been from our very pulpit that we owe love to everyone regardless of who they are and what they do. It is based on Romans 13:8; for, it fulfils the law and meets all of God’s demands. Please do not read the verses that follow and dash your belief and life-style. We are to shun what Paul wrote in Romans 12:9-14 and follow Christ (I Cor.6:18; 10:14; I Tim.6:11; II Tim.2:22). Yet, you want us to please you rather than God who ordered us to warn you of your sin and help you over come it (Ez.3:16-21; Ja.5:20). Those that are unwilling to conform to God’s conditions are to be regarded as heathen or tax collectors (Mt.18:17-18).  Jesus came to save sinners from their sin and not keep them in sin, a sickness that Christ can cure (Lk.19:10; Mt.9:12). A friend to sinners is an enemy of God (Ja.4:4). Real love will not let me die in my sins but warn me and help me change.

In the final analysis, we have to judge, not you but ourselves whether we can afford your company and your way of life (Lk.12:57-59). You, who claim to be inclusive and tolerant, would certainly not want us to lose our salvation by endorsing your libertinism. Jesus does not want us to judge anyone (Mt.7:1). He, Himself, did not come to judge (Jn.12:47). He left that part to Moses (Jn.5:45-47). Christ is that dividing line between us. We cannot serve two masters (Mt.6:24). Your spirit does not endorse the teachings of God or Christ and that is why we cannot follow false prophets who try to mislead us (Mk.13:22; Hos.4:1-9).