Is the body of Christ to defend and harbor evil doers who mislead God’s people, or, are the LORD’s people to expose them?
“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove (expose) them.” Ephesians 5:11
Charles Kennon writes:
“‘Judge Not’…One of the most misunderstood and improperly applied verses in the Bible. Few read the entirety of this portion of Scripture thus understanding that Jesus was not condemning righteous judgment but rather rebuking men for hypocritical judgment.
Be not deceived my friend, WE ALL JUDGE…The question is this; By what STANDARD do we Judge? By God’s Word or by what seems right to US. Here is a touchstone by which you can examine yourself. Those who are of God employ the phrase “Judge Not” in a DIDACTIC manner to properly instruct others in the way (Matthew 7:1-5) Those who are not of God employ “Judge Not” in a DEFENSIVE manner to evade the truth and justify themselves when the light of God’s Word uncovers or confronts them in their sin (Genesis 19:9).”
The LORD told us that those who “pervert the gospel of Christ” are “accursed.”
“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:6-9
The apostle Paul tells us here that he is set to defend Christ’s original Gospel against any and all who would speak contrary to it. This included scoping out, identifying, and marking those who teach contrary to it (Romans 16:17-18).
“I am set for the defence of the gospel.” Philippians 1:17
Have you ever closely read Deuteronomy 13? Please do and note how the people of God are specifically taught never to harbor anyone who teaches anything other than the truth.
The following was communicated to someone who insisted that false leaders be left alone and just prayed for and that nothing be said to warn others to “beware”:
—- SO YOU ARE REFUSING TO BRING SATAN’S AGENTS INTO THE LIGHT BY EXPOSING THEM, 1) in sheer obedience to Christ, and 2) to protect the millions they are leading to eternal damnation? WHY is it that you care more for the leader than the many he is leading or misleading? Oh and you boast in your false love when you delusionally cover for and bid God speed to (condone, defend, support) Christ’s very enemies?
Here’s some biblical perspective that should change your mind:
“Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.
27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.
28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:26-28
Summation of Christ’s message to us here: “Fear no man. All shall soon be openly uncovered at the Great Judgment. What I reveal to you, speak it out publicly and do not fear what any mere man can do to you. No, fear Him who alone has the power to and will cast you into hell if you fear man more than Him.”
—– HAS JESUS CHANGED? No. Hebrews 13:8; Malachi 3:6 So, Jesus told and sent His prophets to speak against and expose the false prophets of their day and He and His apostles also are on record for doing this very thing. With this in mind, look at what passage brother C.k. Coy has just pointed out and please alter your thinking to conform to God’s Word:
“And the word of the Lord came unto me saying, son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy OUT OF THEIR OWN HEARTS, Hear ye the word of the Lord; thus saith the Lord God; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow THEIR OWN SPIRIT, and HAVE SEEN NOTHING! O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts. Ye have not gone up into gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord. They have seen VANITY AND LYING DIVINATION, saying, The Lord saith: and the Lord HATH NOT SENT THEM: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word. Have ye not seen a VAIN VISION, and have ye not spoken a LYING DIVINATION, whereas ye say, The Lord saith it; albeit I have not spoken? Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because ye HAVE SPOKEN VANITY, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I AM AGAINST YOU, saith the Lord God. And MINE HAND SHALL BE UPON THE PROPHETS THAT SEE VANITY, AND THAT DIVINE LIES: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel,; and YE SHALL KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD GOD. Because, even because THEY HAVE SEDUCED MY PEOPLE, SAYING, PEACE; AND THERE WAS NO PEACE…..” – Ezekiel 13:1-10
Jude 3-4 says:
“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. 4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”
“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” Romans 16:17-18
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