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Discipline: Judging & Reproof

Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. John 7:24

1 John 4:11 - Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
John 8:15 - Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.
2 Corinthians 5:16a - Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh:
Created in His image? Perhaps if we are not to "know no man after the flesh," we are to "know him" after his eternal spirit. He that has ears to hear let him hear.  

Do not fall prey to those who say we are not to judge one another. How are Christians then called to "reprove the world of sin," to be the "salt of the earth" and the "Light of the World?"  Many timid Christians have been deceptively silenced, because they are unsure of their foundation in Christ. Progressives have successfully used the ploy of false charges that Christians are being offensive, and intolerant, and worse, have fallen prey to the mistaken claim that Christians should not judge. This reveals many Christians are not founded on the Word of God, do not wear in the full armor of God, and are disobedient to their Lord's call to be the Salt & Light of the earth to boldly preaching the Word of God and reproving the world of sin. Imagine if Jesus, His Apostles, and Paul were apathetic and did not "reprove the world of sin?" (2 Timothy 4:1-5) It is incomplete to only preach what Jesus said in John 3:16 and not what He said in the same breath through verse 21. Christians have become defensive which compromises the Word of God they are called to uphold.

 

"...they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction." 2 Peter 3:16

 

As with any sin and sinner, keep in mind: "But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8) How did Jesus handle Martha? Yet, what did He say to her? (John 8:11) However, the sin of homosexuality is more disturbing in the FACT that "reprobate minds" (Romans 1) are promoting this lifestyle with its dire health risks to our children, primarily in America's government-run schools. If we continue to preach only John 3:16 and not what Jesus said in the same breath (through verse 21) then we are not obeying our Lord. Imagine if Jesus, the Apostles and Paul did not "reprove the world of sin?" Did not Jesus come to "destroy the works of the devil?" (1 john 3:8)  "...as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you." (John 20:21)


 

Do not judge?

Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why behold you the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but consider not the beam that is in your own eye? Or how will you say to your brother, Let me pull out the mote out of your eye; and, behold, a beam is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of your own eye; and then shall you see clearly to cast out the mote out of your brother's eye. Matthew 7:1-5

"Judge not, that you be not judged" (Matthew 7:1) instructs us to judge carefully without hypocrisy, it does not say withhold judgment. Jesus completes this by saying: "Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." (Matthew 7:5) Jesus reaffirms this in John 7:24.

Jesus, immediately after His discourse on judging (Matthew 7:1-5) refers to unbelievers as dogs and pigs (Mt. 7:6) and false prophets as "ravening wolves" (Mt. 7:15). This should provide believers a reference when confronted by unbelievers with the "judge not" falacy.

Imagine if Jesus, His Apostles, and Paul were apathetic and did not "reprove the world of sin?" Yet "reproving the world of sin" is what "Christians" are called to do. (2 Timothy 4:1-5) It is disobedient to preach only what our Lord said in John 3:16 and not include what He said in the same breath through verse 21. .

 

John 3:19-20 - And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

 

John 16:8-11 - Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

 

John 20:21 - Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.


 

Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. John 8:15

Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: 2 Corinthians 5:16a

Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 1 John 4:11

 

Jeremiah 1:17 - Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them.

Matthew 10:14-22 - And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city. Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaks in you. And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endures to the end shall be saved.
 
John 1:5 - And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
 
John 3:22 - For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
 
Titus 3:9-11 - But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sins, being condemned of himself.
 
Luke 11:52 - Woe unto you, lawyers! for you have taken away the key of knowledge: you entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in you hindered.
 
Isaiah 5:20 - "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"
 
Matthew 5:11 - “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.”
 
We are called to preach the Word, not convict and convince, for that is the work of the Holy Spirit. As Paul indicated, while we plant the "seed" and water, God causes the increase. (1 Cor. 3:6-7 - I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that plants any thing, neither he that waters but God that gives the increase.)

Colossians 4:5-6  - "Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man."

1 Peter 3:8-18 - Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
   But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: 

2 Timothy 2:15-19 - Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, The Lord knows them that are his. And, Let every one that names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
 
2 Corinthians 6 - We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:

But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings,
in fastings; By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned,
By the word of truth, by the power of God,
by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;
As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live;
as chastened, and not killed;
As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
 
O ye Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged. Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels. Now for a recompence in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged.
 
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

2 Timothy 3:13-4:5 - But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
   All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
   Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
 
2 Peter 3:3-4 - Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

 


The Foundation: "For everyone that does evil hates the Light..."

Jeremiah 9:24: But let him that glorifies glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, says the LORD.

The compassionate only know John 3:16. The compassionate who do not compromise with evil know what our Lord said in the same breath through verse 21.

Jesus - John 3:16-21: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
 
Colossians 2:4,8: And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
 
Psalms 1: Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
 
Ephesians 5:11: And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
 
Jesus, John 15:18-19: If the world hate you, you know that it hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love his own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
 
2 Timothy 3:12-17, 4:1-5: Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. ...I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.  

Jesus - John 16:8-11: Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

Micah 3 - And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment? Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones; Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron. Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings. Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that puts not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him. Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them. Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer of God. But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin. Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity. They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity. The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us. Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.

Acts 4: 18-19 - And they (Sadducees) called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.


How polite was Jesus to those who would lead astray, calling them "blind guides, full of hypocrisy and iniquity, serpents, generation of vipers, and how can ye escape the damnation of hell?"

Matthew 23 - Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.

And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifies the gold? And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever swears by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty. Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifies the gift? Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, swears by it, and by all things thereon. And whoso shall swear by the temple, swears by it, and by him that dwells therein. And he that shall swear by heaven, swears by the throne of God, and by him that sits thereon.

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin (dill or fennel), and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto white sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchers of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that kill the prophets, and stone them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.


The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 1 Corinthians 15:56

And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem: and he went out again through the people from Beersheba to mount Ephraim, and brought them back unto the LORD God of their fathers. And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of Judah, city by city, And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment. 2 Chronicles 19:4-6

For there is no respect of persons with God (Deuteronomy 10:17). For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) Romans 2:11-15

For whoever would keep the whole Torah but would stumble in one thing, has become guilty of all. For the One who said, "Do not commit adultery," also said, "Do not commit murder:" but if you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of Torah. So you must continually speak, and so you must act as one going to be judged through the law of freedom. For judgment without mercy is to be given for the one who does not do mercy: mercy, full of glad confidence, has no fear of judgment.  James 2:10-13 ( Power New Testament)

Therefore, Jesus was saying to the Jewish people who believed in Him, "If you would remain in My Word, you are truly My disciples and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." They answered Him, "We are Abraham's seed and we have never been slaves: how do You say that "You will become free?" Jesus answered them, "I most definitely say to you that everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin. And the slave does not stay in the house forever, the son does stay forever. If therefore the Son would set you free, you will truly be free." John 8:31-36 (Power New Testament)

He that has ears to hear, let him hear....


Salt & Light Dictates Reproof

A fool despises his father's instruction: but he that regards reproof is prudent. Correction is grievous unto him that forsakes the way: and he that hates reproof shall die. A scorner loves not one that reproves him: neither will he go unto the wise. A reproof enters more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool. When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge. Proverbs 15:5,10,12, 17:10, 21:11

As stars can only be seen in a dark sky, a believer's Light should be seen by those living in darkness.

(See No Boundaries: No Moral Order, No Civil Society.)

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: 1 Peter 2:9

We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Peter 1:19-21

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 2 Corinthians 4:6-7

Only let your conversation be as it becomes the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me. Philippians 1:27-30

Do all things without murmurings and disputing: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Philippians 2:14-15

Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. Colossians 4:5-6

You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:13-16

Forasmuch then as Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit. 1 Peter 4:1-6

But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and you shall be the children of the Highest: for He is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and you shall not be judged: condemn not, and you shall not be condemned: forgive, and you shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Luke 6:35-38

Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why behold you the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but consider not the beam that is in your own eye? Or how will you say to your brother, Let me pull out the mote out of your eye; and, behold, a beam is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of your own eye; and then shall you see clearly to cast out the mote out of your brother's eye. Matthew 7:1-5

"Judge not, that you be not judged" (Matthew 7:1) instructs us to judge carefully without hypocrisy, it does not say withhold judgment. Jesus completes this by saying: "Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." (Matthew 7:5) Jesus reaffirms this in John 7:24.

Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. John 7:24

He (Jesus) answered and said unto them, He that sows the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. Matthew 13:37-42

"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather that light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone that does evil hates the light, and doesn't come to the light, lest their deeds should be reproved." John 3:19-20

The Christian's role is to be an ambassador for the Kingdom of God which Jesus has established. "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be you therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves." Matthew 10:16

1 Corinthians 2:9-16 - But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God has revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

1 Corinthians 6:1-11 - Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? But brother goes to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers. Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serves not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad? But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believes not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth. 1 Corinthians 14:22-25

Ephesians 5:1-17 - Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becomes saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and  righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore he says, Awake you that sleeps, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance. Psalm 33:12   

Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people. Proverbs 14:34

Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house. Ezekiel 12:2

And they will deceive every one his neighbor, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity. Your habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me, says the LORD. Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, Behold, I will melt them, and try them; for how shall I do for the daughter of my people? Their tongue is as an arrow shot out; it speaks deceit: one speaks peaceably to his neighbor with his mouth, but in heart he lays his wait. Shall I not visit them for these things? says the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? Jeremiah 9:5-9

"Death is more eligible than slavery. A free-born people are not required by the religion of Jesus Christ to submit to tyranny, but may make use of such power as God has given them to recover and support their liberties..."  - The men of Marlborough, Massachusetts who took part in the Boston Tea Party

(See also: From the Pulpit to the Battlefield)


The Law & Discipline

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:17-20

Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chastens his son, so the LORD thy God chastens thee. Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord the God, to walk in His ways, and to fear (respect) Him.  Deuteronomy 8:5-6

Who gives rain upon the earth, and sends waters upon the fields: To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety. He disappoints the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise. He takes the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong. They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope in the noonday as in the night. But he saves the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty. So the poor hath hope, and iniquity stops her mouth. Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: Job 5:10-17

O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongs; O God, to whom vengeance belongs, show thyself. Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud. LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph? How long shall they utter and speak hard things? and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves? They break in pieces thy people, O LORD, and afflict thine heritage. They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless. Yet they say, The LORD shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it. Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise? He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see? He that chastises the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teaches man knowledge, shall not he know? The LORD knows the thoughts of man, that they are vanity. Blessed is the man whom thou chastens, O LORD, and teaches him out of thy law; That thou may give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be dug for the wicked. Psalms 94:1-13

My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loves he corrects; even as a father the son in whom he delights. Happy is the man that finds wisdom, and the man that gets understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Proverbs 3:11-15

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it. Matthew 13:45-46

For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaks unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loves he chastens, and scourges every son whom he receives. If ye endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chastens not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears. For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, Hebrews 12:3-18


Judging & Reproof

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Don't be fooled, Jesus DID NOT say we shouldn't judge. Jesus said we should judge without hypocrisy.

Imagine if Jesus and St. Paul did not reprove the world of sin? Have you've been duped into the popular fallacy that we should "judge not." Please read exactly what Jesus said in John 7:24. Why do most stop reading John 3 after getting to John 3:16. What did Christ said immediately after? Should  we edit-out 2 Timothy 4 from our Bibles? Why is it necessary for O'Reilly to write Culture Warrior or Coulter to write Godless, or Gingrich to write Rediscovering God in America? He that has ears to hear let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

If there be a controversy between men, and they come unto judgment, that the judges may judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked. Deuteronomy 25:1

On this account you are without excuse, O Man, everyone who judges: for by what you are judging the other, you are condemning yourself. For you, the one who judges, are doing the same things. But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth upon thse who perpetuate things such as these (Romans 1:24-32). Romans 2:1-2 (Power New Testament)

 

But if you would call yourself Jewish and would cause yourself to rest (lean) upon the Torah and to take pride in God then you know His will and since you are instructed in the Torah, you are testing the things that differ, holy and profane, and you have persuaded yourself to be a guide of the blind, a light for those in darkness, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of infants, since you have the essence of the knowledge and of the truth in the Torah: then, why do you, the one who teaches another, not teach yourself? The one who preaches not to steal, are you stealing? The one who says not to commit adultery, do you commit adultery? The one who detests idols, do you rob temples? You who boast in Torah, you are dishonoring God by violating the Torah: for just as it has been written, "The name of God is being blasphemed among the heathens because of you." (Isaiah  52:5, Ezekiel 36:20). For what does it profit if the one hand you would practice Torah, in circumcision: if on the other hand you would be breaking Torah, Your circumcision has become uncircumcision? Romans 2:17-25 (Power New Testament)

 

See that no one will take you captive through philosophy and empty deceit according to the tradition of men, according to the elements of the world, and not according to Messiah... Colossians 2:8 (Power New Testament)

Therefore I say this, and I bear witness in the Lord, that you no longer walk as the heathens walk in the futility of their minds, since they have been darkened by being in their understanding because they have been alienated from the life of God through the ignorance which is in them, because of the insensibility of their hearts, who, when they became callous, gave themselves over to licentiousness in practice of every impurity, with a desire to have more. Ephesians 4"17-19 (Power New Testament)

For a good tree brings not forth corrupt fruit; neither does a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:43-45

And the works of the flesh are apparent, which are immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery (and drugs), enmity, strife, jealously, anger, outbreaks of selfishness, dissentions, factions, envy, drunkenness (any intoxication), carousing, and like things. I tell you beforehand, just as I told you before, that the ones who are doing things such as these will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness self-control: there is nothing in Torah against such as these. Galatians 5:19-23 (Power New Testament & footnotes)

 

(See also "Politically Correct")

 


Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. John 7:24
 

Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. John 8:15

Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: 2 Corinthians 5:16a
 

Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 1 John 4:11

 

But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7


If the church does not reprove the world of sin, of which politicians, and thus government consists, then are Christians who are called to be Ambassadors for Christ and the Kingdom of God compromising their calling?

What was the foundation upon which America's founders established this great republic? Was it not their Biblical worldview? Go ahead, Google any of the founders' names along with virtue (eg. "George Washington" + virtue) and you will quickly learn what our judges, school administrators, colleges, and politicians have thoroughly abandoned since 1947.

As long as Judeo-Christians remain silent and continue to be duped by The Big Lie of separation of church and state, America's moral decline will continue right along with that silence. More on this at:  America's True Heritage & Separation of Church & State?

See also: Who Are You to Judge - By Coach Dave


"Turn the other cheek"

But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other. Matthew 5:39. See also Luke 6:29.

Jesus said to "turn the other cheek" in reference to Scripture, as He did consistently.

He gives his cheek to him that smites him: he is filled full with reproach. Lamentations 3:30

They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me. Job 16:10

As was the case when they led Jesus away to the high priest: and with him were assembled all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes. ...And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him, Prophesy: and the servants did strike him with the palms of their hands. Mark 14:53, 65

The word for "smite" is not in reference to a fist, as in war; but to an open hand, "slapping" someone in a mocking way as an insult. Notice the two Scripture references both used the word "reproach," as in defy or insult a person. This in no way reflects defending against a greater harm to yourself or in defense of others, as in war. It would be quite different if terrorists used slapping instead of deadly weapons.

From Strong's Concordance:

resist: G0436 - anthistemi -- pronounced: anth-is'-tay-mee from 473 and 2476; to stand against, i.e. oppose: KJV -- resist, withstand.

smite: rapizo - G3374 -- pronounced: hrap-id'-zo from a derivative of a primary rhepo (to let fall, "rap"); to slap: KJV -- smite (with the palm of the hand).


The difference between worldly wisdom & spiritual wisdom
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
1 John 4:11

Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. John 8:15

Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: 2 Corinthians 5:16a

Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 1 John 4:11

 

But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7

"If the world hate you, you know that it hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love his own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you." John 15:18-19

"But God commends his love (agape) toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)  Even when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) (Ephesians 2:5).

When God looks upon us He separates us from our sin, He sees Christ in us, through the blood that Christ shed for us. Scripture says: Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: (2 Corinthians 5:16a). We are born again of spirit, not flesh. "The spirit of the man is the candle of the Lord, searching the inward parts of the belly." (Proverbs 20:27) - (See Trinity for how God created man in His image, a trinity.)

Thus, Christians, who have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:10-16, Philippians 2:5), have compassion on the sinner while hating the sin because the Christian can separate the sin from the sinner. The natural man cannot grasp this. We judge no one, but discern and judge sin according to the Word of God. (Hebrews 4:12-13) Just as God forgives because that is His divine agape nature, we who are have the Spirit of Christ in us are partakers of that divine nature. (Romans 8, 2 Peter 1:4)

Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserves the souls of his saints; he delivers them out of the hand of the wicked. (Psalms 97:10)

"Agape" love, or God's love cannot be grasped by the natural man. It can only be understood by the spiritual man, one who abides in Christ and Christ in him. (1 Corinthians Chapters 1 & 2, John 15)


Even God's Elect Will Be Deceived

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Matthew 24:24

Do not fall prey to those who say we are not to judge one another.  How are Christians then called to reprove the world of sin, to be the "salt of the earth" and the "Light of the World?"

"We can forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." Plato

Although many on the left, the biased media, education administrators, and politically correct, and socially "moderate" politicians have been duped by the likes of Kevin Jennings, Christians must continue to focus on the calling the Scriptures make clear.

Many have been deceived and conned by the misuse or misconstrued definitions of "discrimination, hate, tolerance, diversity, normal, bullying, morals, values, bigotry, and safety."

The culture wars can not be blamed solely on the left's immoral quest for uninhibited sex with anyone, including young children, and same-sex relationships, and criminalization of Judeo-Christian Biblical concepts and virtues. Christians, whether shepherds or layman must also take responsibility for having allowed this denigration into darkness. While there are organizations and Christians that have honored Christ's command to shine His Light and be the salt of the world, many Christian appear to be simply spectators, with no oil left in their lamps. This apathy has resulted in the myth of separation of church and state to become an unwritten law of the land. Yet, separation of church and state does not exist in America's Constitution or Bill of Rights. Worse still, it has allowed the likes of Kevin Jennings and GLSEN, under the guise of "safety" to dupe, and yes, deceive not only government-run school administrators, politicians (even "Christian" politicians), the "mainstream" media, Hollywood elites, and most disturbingly, many of God's elect as well.

The left has been successful in deceptively redefining words like "normal, bullying, morals, values, bigotry, hate, tolerance, safety, discrimination, and diversity," all in an effort to criminalize Christianity in the hopes of silencing God's elect completely. Without sufficient resistance, the left has advanced their agenda of obliterating America's foundation of "unalienable Rights" being "entitled" only if they do not violate "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God." The left prefers laws defined by the left and of the left, meaning anything goes to satisfy self-pleasing impulsive pleasures regardless of health risks and consequence, and where virtue is non-existent.

Thus as the majority of Christians remain silent, and parents like Brian Camenker and David Parker are too few, and most do not "gird up their loins" like men, the immoral agenda of the left meticulously proceeds. While our legislators, school administrators, the "mainstream" media, and Hollywood elites only hear from a minority of Christians, the majority on the left continue to dupe more and more of our children, and one can easily speculate what their future will entail, a society based on a "village" concept instead of the historical foundation based on the traditional family. For details, contemplate the state of children in the Netherlands.

Therefore, as a reminder of our Christian calling in Christ, hopefully the Word of God will encourage more of His followers to take up the Armor of God instead of being spectators in this culture war and make use of the "sword of the Spirit" to engage and confront the darkness that is permeating this nation.


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