RECENTLY, a guy whose been receiving from this ministry for years took it upon himself to correct me. That’s fine …. if it’s a valid “correction” (2 Timothy 3:16). There’s definitely growth needed here, no doubt. God is the Great Potter who has a lot to do in this vessel (Jeremiah 18:1-6; 2 Timothy 2:21, etc.). Yet, saints, let’s not take pot shots at people out of the depravity of our own hearts – while we have need of personal repentance with logs in our own eyes/lives. Jesus specifically forbids that and calls us “hypocrite” if we dare do such – and promises judgment will come back on us according as we have unjustly dealt it out to others. To begin with, IF God is moving you to HELP someone, He’s not going to have you do it publicly UNTIL you do it PRIVATELY (Matthew 18:15-17). It’s an immediate red flag indicator that God is not sending someone who publicly rebukes a brother or sister for something minor when they have not followed Jesus’ protocol to go privately to that person (Matthew 18:15-17). Also, what does Galatians 6:1-2 say?
“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual (mature in Christ), restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. 2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:1-2
When correcting, IF the person being admonished is not going to take it to God and get themselves right, there’s nothing YOU can do about that.
Some who wish to haggle about every little thing are being “unreasonable” and walking disorderly by causing unnecessary debate and strife without hearkening to correction after being confronted on the spot and in private (2 Thessalonians 3:2, 6; Titus 3:9-11).
When God leads a mature believer to help restore another saint who is off base/walking disorderly, such is a demonstration of the love and mercy of God (Galatians 6:1-2; Hebrews 12:5-11, etc.).
Someone might be thinking: “But wait, you could be helping that person if you continued to work with them.” Understandably yes, yet in many cases that person does not want help and also that person does not need you or I – we are not their hope and Savior. We did not die and rise again to save them, Jesus did. They don’t need us – they need Jesus. That’s the whole point. And, as long as they refuse to go to Jesus and insist upon causing strife, they are now being used of the enemy and not to be allowed to do such (facilitate evil, strife, etc).
In my opinion, the best thing to do is block such a person. Christ’s apostle Paul said he didn’t give heretics even an hour (Galatians 2:4-5).
Now, read this below and you will see that their war is within and that’s the reason they are working it out on other people. What God is calling them to do instead is to take it directly to the LORD in private prayer, confession, and repentance:
“But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. 10 A man that is an heretick (causing divisions) after the first and second admonition REJECT; 11 Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.” Titus 3:9-11
Did you catch that such a person’s war is with God, first and foremost?
“Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye WITHDRAW YOURSELVES yourselves from every brother that WALKETH DISORDERLY (out of step with the truth), and not after the tradition (Word) which he received of us. 7 For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;” 2 Thessalonians 3:6-7
The godly person, when corrected, will humble themselves and take it to Jesus. We ALL need correction and such is a manifest token that God loves us!!!!
“Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.” Psalms 141:5
In light of what we just read, it is important to posture ourselves to be corrected. Some would say it this way: “Don’t take yourSELF too seriously.” In one aspect such is true. We take the LORD seriously, not self. Read Romans 7:18, 24 for context.
Self is the sin nature and when not being crucified and therefore dominated by the Holy Ghost, will absolutely be walking out of order and in sin – “the works of the flesh.” Read Galatians 5:16-24.
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