People’s Pious Aversion To Spirit-led Rebuke

March 1, 2014

Friends (and to the one who rebuked me for rebuking),
Contrary to what many lukewarm believers think and want to teach, tolerance for sin is not something Jesus modeled for us. He spoke lovingly to the downtrodden and the repentant, but He spoke sharply to those who loved men’s praise more than having the approval of God. Hypocrites, especially those who had positions of teaching others the Word of God, Jesus was particularly hard on.

We are to conduct ourselves just as Jesus did. (1 John 2:6) Therefore we need to stop accepting the philosophies of those who claim that Love avoids causing sinners discomfort or hurt. Because Truth does hurt. However, for those who heed it, Truth also heals, restores, strengthens, and saves. Only those who love themselves more than others, and who love the approval of men rather than God’s, would try to rationalize their aversion of warning others of God’s wrath against sin.

We are commanded to expose the fruitless deeds of darkness (Eph. 5:11) as well as sever our relationships, even publicly sometimes, with those who refuse to turn from sin or false doctrine. (1 Cor. 5:9-13 // Titus 3:9-11) It does nobody any favor to aid their happy-go-lucky waltz along life’s road –if the end is Hell! How much better to cut out the tumor now than to leave it in the person, smile and say loving, encouraging things, tell him he’s okay, and watch him slowly die.

Truly, the counterfeit of Christianity is very unloving.

Here is an exhortation by Art Katz which Israeliteindeed posted a few days ago:

I also recommend that the comment there by “Born2befree” be read as well.

with love,
P.S. By the way, the person I rebuked yesterday received it graciously.

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