He That Has Ears To Hear, Let Him Hear (Matthew 11:15-30)
Challenging both secular wisdom and religious doctrines. - Will our descendants know moral virtue?
Judging & Reproof
Jesus and the Scriptures tell us not to judge hypocritically.
"Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous
Jesus and the Scriptures tell us not to judge hypocritically.
"Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment." John 7:24
"...in which the unlearned and unstable people are twisting them as they also do the rest of the Scriptures to their own destruction." --2 Peter 3:16
"Nevertheless, if you warn the wicked to turn from his way: if he does not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity, but you have delivered your life. --Ezekiel 33:9
"Reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine"
--2 Timothy 4:2
"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." --See Matthew 7:1-5,
"Reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine" --2 Timothy 4:2
"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." --See Matthew 7:1-5,
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"If you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way..."
Caring: Loving someone by reproving them for compromising with evil. There is a difference in judging people and judging what people do. Christians are not to condemn people, but are called to "reprove the world of sin," to discern between good and evil, sin and righteousness of God as defined by the Word of God.
"...in which the unlearned and unstable people are twisting them as they also do the rest of the Scriptures to their own destruction. " 2 Peter 3:16 (One New Man Bible)
"The one who justifies the wicked and the one who condemns the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD*. " Proverbs 17:15 (One New Man Bible)
Ezekiel 33:7-9 (One New Man Bible) - So you, O son of man, I have set you as a watchman for the House of Israel. Therefore you will hear the word at My mouth and warn them from Me. When I say to the wicked, O wicked man, you will surely die, if you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man will die in his iniquity, but I shall require his blood at your hand. Nevertheless, if you warn the wicked to turn from his way: if he does not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity, but you have delivered your life.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (One New Man Bible) - Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Stop being deceived: neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor effeminate nor homosexuals nor thieves nor covetous people, nor drunkards, nor abusive people, nor swindlers will inherit the Kingdom of God. And some of you were these things: but you have been washed, but you have been made holy, but you have been made righteous by the name of the Lord Y’shua Messiah and by the Spirit of our God.
Luke 6:35-38 (Jesus) - 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.
Jesus, In the same discourse (Luke 6:43-46) 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. And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
Those who selectively pick and choose the Words of God in an attempt to justify their sin do so at their own peril as Peter declared (2 Peter 3:16).
No-Judgment Zones: The Latest Way a Wicked Culture Has Duped the Church - By John Burton - ...Can you imagine parenting without any form of judgment? It's ridiculous to consider. Can you imagine a workplace without any repercussions for violating company rules? How about a government with no judges and no judgments? It would result in anarchy and absolute disinterest in justice as the thugs run free. On the contrary, we celebrate justice and are thankful when rapists, killers, shoplifters and reckless drivers must stand before a judge and be held accountable for their crimes. Yet, many in the church are tragically renouncing justice (judgment) in the context of our modern Christian experience.
Doing What You Believe - By Dr. Ray Rooney, Jr. - ...If you want to be liked you don’t talk about obedience. If you want to be liked you don’t demonstrate conviction about your faith. If you want to be liked you make a point of agreeing with people and accommodating their views and opinions even when they clearly contradict Scripture. If you want to be liked you sit down rather than stand up. If you want to be liked you must adopt the “go-along-to-get-along” life philosophy.
...It is astonishing that so many churchgoers believe that the church is not the place to bring up politics or the cultural issues that fly in the face of the Word of God. The Great Commission seems to have been rendered the Great Accommodation. While it is true that some people are ready to repent and become disciples after hearing that God loves them, it is also equally true that some people (like the woman at the well in John 4) need to have their sexual immoralities exposed while others (like the crowd at Pentecost in Acts 2) need to be reminded that they had demanded the death of the Son of God.
...I understand that no one wants to be demeaned, ridiculed, hated, or reviled (and that includes me!). But we are not told to “cherish the truth in love.” No, it’s “speaking the truth in love…” (Ephesians 4:15). It’s not “love the light within” but “let your light shine before others” (Matthew 5:16). Jesus didn’t promise His disciples they would be loved and appreciated by all for their personal faith in Him and their sacrifices for Him. No, they were told, “you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake” (Matthew 24:9). If you want to be accepted and liked and not have to deal with unpleasant situations and people then continue to live a lie. Pretend you believe that whatever anyone wants to do it is none of your business.
When "progressives" say "the Bible says 'Do not judge'"
Inform them they have taken what Jesus proclaimed out of context by selectively quoting only part of the teaching of Christ. ...But evil men and seducers who shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived." (2 Timothy 3:13 ) "Progressives" then become selective and redefine tolerance, diversity, rights, justice, discrimination, ethics, science, free speech, and history, due to their lack of self-discipline and believing they do not have to abide by the premise of “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.”
"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" fallacy. 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?" Should this not provide believers a reference when confronted by unbelievers with the "judge not" fallacy?
Do not fall prey to those who say we are not to judge. How are
Christians called to "reprove the world of sin," to be the "salt of the
earth" and the "Light of the World" without juding, reproving, and
rebuking? Timid Christians have been deceptively silenced, because they are
unsure of their foundation in Christ. "Progressives" have successfully used this
ploy with false charges that Christians are being offensive and intolerant.
Christians have fallen prey to this mistaken claim that they should not judge,
revealing many 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 preach the Word of God and reproving the world
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. "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.
John 7:24 -
Judge not according to
the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
Matthew 7:1-5 - 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.
"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.
John 7:24 - Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
"Reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine"
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.
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
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.
Fools despise wisdom and instruction
Proverbs 1:5-7 - A wise man will hear and will increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain to wise counsels to understand a proverb and its interpretation, the words of the wise and their riddles. Reverence of the LORD* is the beginning of knowledge. Fools despise wisdom and instruction. (One New Man Bible)
Matthew 4:16-17 - The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Proverbs 9:6-10 - Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding. He that reproves a scorner gets to himself shame: and he that rebukes a wicked man gets himself a blot. Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
John 8:3-11 - And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. 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. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. 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. 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? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
Itching Ears that Hate the Truth - By Rob Pue - In one of the apostle Paul’s last letters — the one he wrote to Timothy — he gave some vitally important words of caution and warning. 2nd Timothy 4, starting at verse 2: “Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering 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 to fables.” Then, he added: “But watch thou, in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”
...I’m reminded of the prophet Jeremiah, known as the “weeping prophet,” because he wept for the nation of Israel. God sent him to declare His Word and Truth to the people, and sound the warning regarding all their iniquities. But the people did NOT want to hear. Instead they demanded, “Jeremiah, tell us something GOOD for once… tell us what we want to hear!”
Let’s read just a little bit from chapter 7 as God explains things to Jeremiah: “But this command I gave them: ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I command you, that it may be well with you.’ But they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and the stubbornness of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward. From the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt to this day, I have persistently sent all My servants the prophets to them, day after day. Yet they did not listen to Me or incline their ear, but stiffened their necks. They did worse than their fathers.”
And so God continued: “So you shall speak all these words to them, but they will not listen to you. You shall call to them, but they will not answer you. And you shall say to them, ‘This is the nation that did not obey the voice of the Lord their God, and did not accept discipline; truth has perished; it is cut off from their lips.”
Does that not sound like America today? Truth has perished. It’s DEAD! Evil is called “good” and good is called “evil” and we LIKE it that way. And anyone who DARES defy the celebration of sodomy or speak TRUTH on this matter is virtually crucified by all — even those you would THINK would be on your side — the “church” people. Indeed, we are at a place and time now where even those who profess to be people of God will no longer endure sound doctrine. Instead, they heap up for themselves teachers who tell them what they prefer to hear.
Jesus the ‘Intolerant Bigot’ - By Matt Barber - “The Gospel of Christ doesn’t care about ‘tolerance.’ It cares about truth.” These words caused me to look up from my Bible Gateway app where I was reading along with selected scriptures. Matt Short, missions pastor at One Community Church in Lynchburg, Virginia, had just uttered from the pulpit a profound reality that, regrettably, we hear far too infrequently from this millennial generation (or any generation for that matter). ...To be sure, under the contemporary misconception of “tolerance,” which supposes that one must not only tolerate sin of every stripe, but refuse to call it even that, Christ was (and is) intolerant indeed. Rather than admonishing the adulterous woman to, “Go now and leave your life of sin” (see John 8:11), postmodernism, to include the moral relativist yeast that leavens the body of Christ, demands, at once, that our never-changing Lord change the unchangeable: “Go now and continue your life of sin.”
...Wrote Paul: “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!” (Galatians 1:6-8) ...And so, according to Paul, those who shrink from the “full counsel of God,” are not only out of line, they are under “God’s curse.” The fall he took on the road to Damascus clearly knocked free his ability to skate the thin ice of political correctness.
Still, like the Galatians, far too many in today’s church are more concerned with not offending others, most especially those who are without Christ, and, rather than being fearless “servants of Christ,” instead have busied themselves with “trying to please people.” And, like the Galatians, they have created a false gospel to that end. Pleasing the world is not taking up your cross and suffering for Christ. Pleasing the world is a cakewalk. “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you” (John 15:19).
Neither Peter nor Paul were squeamish about judging others
Peter said to Simon the magician “Your heart is not upright before God. Repent of this wickedness of yours … for I see that you are filled with bitter gall, and you are in the bonds of iniquity” (Acts 8: 20–23).
Paul said to Elymas, “you son of the devil, you enemy of all that is right, full of every sort of deceit and fraud. Will you not stop twisting the straight paths of the Lord?” (Acts 13: 9–10).
Here are some excerpts from the epistles that illustrate judgment:
Paul: "But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed." (Galatians 2:11).
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:1-2).
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. (Ephesians 5:11)
Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear. (1 Timothy 5:20).
For the grace of God that brings salvation hats appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee. (Titus 2:11-15)
It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that has so done this deed, In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. (1 Corinthians 5:1-5)
"And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's 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.)
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.”
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
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 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.
"For everyone that does evil hates the Light..."
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.
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.
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.
Jesus was not polite 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?"
John 2:13-16 - And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.
Matthew 23 - 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
Proverbs 6:16-19 (BBE) - Six things are hated by the Lord; seven things are disgusting to him: Eyes of pride, a false tongue, hands which take life without cause; A heart full of evil designs, feet which are quick in running after sin; A false witness, breathing out untrue words, and one who lets loose violent acts among brothers.
2 Chronicles 19:4-6 - 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.
Romans 2:11-15 - 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;)
James 2:10-13 ( Power New Testament) - 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.
John 8:31-36 (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."
1 John 3:8 - He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
Salt & Light Dictates Reproof
As stars can only be seen in a dark sky, a believer's Light should be seen by those living in darkness.
Proverbs 15:5,10,12, 17:10, 21:11 - 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.
1 Peter 2:9 - 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:
2 Peter 1:19-21 - 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.
Philippians 1:27-30 - 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 2:14-15 - 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;
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.
Matthew 5:13-16 - 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.
1 Peter 4:1-6 - 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.
Matthew 13:37-42 - 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.
The Christian's role is to be an ambassador for the Kingdom of God which Jesus has established.
Matthew 10:16 - "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be you therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves."
Psalm 33:12 - Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.
Proverbs 14:34 - Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.
Ezekiel 12:2 - 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.
Jeremiah 9:5-9 - 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?
"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)
"Turn the other cheek"
Matthew 5:39 - But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other. See also Luke 6:29.
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).
Lamentations 3:30 - He gives his cheek to him that smites him: he is filled full with reproach.
Job 16:10 - They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me.
Mark 14:53, 65 - 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.
When Jesus was slapped He did not turn the other cheek but instead challenged the reason for why He was slapped. John 18:22–23 (One New Man Bible) - Then the High Priest asked Y’shua about His disciples and about His teaching. Y’shua answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world, I always taught in a synagogue and in the Temple, where all the Jewish people gather, and I spoke nothing whatever in secret. Why are you asking Me? You must ask those who heard what I said to them: see, they know what I said.” Then after He said these things one of the attendants standing by hit Y’shua saying, “Would you answer the High Priest this way?” Y’shua answered him, “If I spoke wrongly, you must testify concerning the evil: but if I spoke correctly, why do you beat Me?” Then Annas sent Him bound to Caiaphas the High Priest.
Even God's Elect Will Be Deceived
See also: False Doctrines and False shepherds
Matthew 24:24 - 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 23:14-15, 27-33 - 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, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, 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 sepulchres 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?
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?"
Why Are We Afraid to Preach About Sin? - By J. Lee Grady - ...Paul's preaching in the first century was unquestionably confrontational. He didn't hold back from addressing sin, nor was he afraid to call sin what it is. Paul knew a spineless Christianity would produce spineless Christians. He told Timothy that biblical preaching would require three brave verbs:
...Paul was also not afraid to name sins. I recently did a survey of all of Paul's epistles to see how he addressed sexual immorality. I discovered that he confronted sexual sin head-on in 10 of his 13 epistles. He boldly called out adultery, fornication, sensuality and homosexuality in a culture that was saturated in hedonism.
...It's time for us to grow a backbone. Let's get rid of weak Christianity, spineless preachers and jellyfish morals. Let's preach the message of the Bible instead of a neutered version. Let's not only point out sin but also point people to the only hope they have of overcoming it—our strong Savior, whose death on the cross was the ultimate confrontation of sin.
A SOFT & EFFEMINATE CHRISTIANITY - Horatius Bonar (1808 – 1889) Scottish churchman and poet - For there is some danger of falling into a soft and effeminate Christianity, under the plea of a lofty and ethereal theology. Christianity was born for endurance…It walks with firm step and erect frame; it is kindly, but firm; it is gentle, but honest; it is calm, but not facile; obliging, but not imbecile; decided, but not churlish. It does not fear to speak the stern word of condemnation against error, nor to raise its voice against surrounding evils, under the pretext that it is not of this world.
It does not shrink from giving honest reproof lest it come under the charge of displaying an unchristian spirit. It calls sin ’sin,’ on whomsoever it is found, and would rather risk the accusation of being actuated by a bad spirit than not discharge an explicit duty. Let us not misjudge strong words used in honest controversy. Out of the heat a viper may come forth; but we shake it off and feel no harm.
The religion of both Old and New Testaments is marked by fervent outspoken testimonies against evil. To speak smooth things in such a case may be sentimentalism, but it is not Christianity. It is a betrayal of the cause of truth and righteousness. If anyone should be frank, manly, honest, cheerful (I do not say blunt or rude, for a Christian must be courteous and polite), it is he who has tasted that the Lord is gracious, and is looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God.
I know that charity covereth a multitude of sins; but it does not call evil good, because a good man has done it; it does not excuse inconsistencies, because the inconsistent brother has a high name and a fervent spirit. Crookedness and worldliness are still crookedness and worldliness, though exhibited in one who seems to have reached no common height of attainment.
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.
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