Pushing Back, Part II (a new series for Thanksgiving week)

18 Nov

Hebrews 5:14, “But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, [even] those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

Ephesians 4:15, “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ:”

Case Study, a Person who Has Crossed the Line into Criminal Activity:  The “Pushing Back”  series is not going to consist of mean-spirited attacks.  It will, however, challenge people to continue on through to strong meat in their doctrine, discerning both good and evil, as the above verse in Hebrews says.

Fact is, we seem to be suffering an epidemic of toleration  of bad doctrine in the name of loving each other.   A lot of that is not being aware of when the most loving thing to do is to push back against a statement that is just wrong.

For example, this week I saw where someone appealed to Christians to practice forgiveness of the sins of others.  He readily admitted he had sinned and said he was learning to not do that particular sin again.

What he did not say was that his particular sin had led to an arrest, as his sin had led to an alleged invasion of another person’s being in a way that our law calls illegal.  Anyone who googles his name could find the arrest record.

So his statement that because we are all sinners, no one should be judging him was not exactly accurate.  In fact, he added that the one without sin should throw the first stone at him.

When the law has been broken, judges throw the first stone.  So do juries.  And they don’t have to be sinless to do it.

We are all sinners, but we are not all criminals.  And he left that part out.  The arrest part.

In mercy for his lack of logical thought, someone needed to call him on that one.

That is what this series will strive to do.  To bring us back to the reality of understanding we can’t play fast and loose with God’s Holy Word.

A person can’t use it to claim that people in the church are judging him when they are holding him accountable for an alleged crime, at least until the details behind that arrest get cleared up.  And he especially can’t use it to play bait-and-switch to convince someone that their judgment of a crime is worse than the crime itself.

The path back to sanity does not consist of twisting God’s Word.  We all need to remember that.

Oh, and it is only coincidental that this series is running Thanksgiving week.  I will put up a few thankful posts as well (I am working on those).  It is just that I arrived back from two weeks of travel yesterday and now have a week off . . . with plenty of ideas in mind.

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