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Judgement Or Mercy?

September 24, 2014

Greetings,

“So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view.  Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.  And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”  2 Corinthians 5: 16-19

Wow, a powerful passage indeed.  We are no longer supposed to view people with our own worldly eyes of judgement.  “Do not judge by mere appearance, but rather use righteous (God centered and influenced) judgement.” (John 7: 24)  We are not supposed to judge as the world does.  We are to see everyone through the eyes of Christ now.

The Lord has given us ALL the ministry of reconciliation, which means we are not to hold ANYONE’S sins against them.  This is HUGE!  It is an area that the “church” gets almost totally wrong most of the time.  Most of the “church” today sits in judgement against most sins and the people who commit them, but the message that The Lord gave us is to forgive EVERYONE’S sins.  Lying, cheating, stealing, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, you name it and we are called to forgive as Christ forgave us.

This message is not optional people!  It is the central message of the very Gospel we say we believe in and live for.  We are supposed to approach ALL people with open arms and hearts, but the fact is that most of the time we totally reject the people who need God’s grace the most.  Instead of openly inviting people into the church we build fortresses, literally and metaphorically, to keep most people out of the church.  Don’t you see how ass backwards that is?  His message is not about our comfort zones, it is about totally loving the undesirable and outcasts of society.  We should all be on the very front line and cutting edge of meeting and accepting sinners just the way they are.

Expecting people to be clean, upright and sinless before they meet Jesus is totally ridiculous.  We are supposed to welcome EVERYONE into the Body of Christ and after that God will chose how to wash away and deal with whatever their various sins might be.  And it will be on His time schedule and NOT ours. Until we open our hearts and arms to EVERYONE the work of the church will remain undone.  Some smug folks might be comfortable with that, but I am not and neither is Jesus.  Coming into a relationship with Christ and His Church has always been a matter of whosoever will.  We all need to open our hearts and homes to the so called “unloveable”.  It is only then that His church will shine and begin to attract those who need HIM most.

Love and…..

Kirk Out !

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13 Comments
  1. "BK" permalink

    And let us not forget in our list the undesirable sins of religious, smug, high-minded and in the hierarchy of Christianity. Not to condone their self-righteousness, but realizing they need our love as much as the homeless one on the street. Sometimes it seems like we forget that. Reminds me of once I took a brother to lunch who was so offended at having been looked down on in a church where white shirt, tie & suits were the ‘requirement’ and he had on coveralls. As he expressed himself he described their attitude as, “Eeeeewwww, don’t come near me cuz I’m soooooo righteous…” and alot of other such things. When he was finished I had to tell him, “Ya know, I gotta tell you, it looks just as bad on you as it did on them.” He got it. So, not disagreeing with you at all, just adding a little more acceptance on the plate. 🙂 “BK”

  2. Bryan permalink

    “that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.” Will Hell be filled with people who are reconciled and who’s sin aren’t held against them?

    • It will be filled with anyone that consciously chose unbelief, that wanted the preeminence over others, wants to lead be in control not serve, and knows this consciously making the Choic9e not to believe That is just what I see the only thing Christ never died fro is unbelief, and I trust God for who does and who does not believe, for all will know. praying all will believe and repent before it be too late, Just ne the news boy and quit being an editor. I got to learn discernment the same as all

    • "BK" permalink

      Well, I have to admit that I have been there (hell) on many an occasion, actually. My answer is ‘yes, it already is’ because it is not an eternal place for ‘bad’ people, but a place where the fire burns up the garbage in my life (like Gehenna outside Jerusalem was in the natural) 🙂 King David says he was there and found ‘trouble and sorrow’ and was delivered when he called on the Lord. That’s my experience too. Just a few out of the ordinary box thoughts, “BK”

      • Love it BK, those that have suffered have ceased from sin, or at the least on their way and not form themselves either from God alone by Faith, calling on the Lord

  3. Great point BK! I agree 100%.

    • "BK" permalink

      Thanks, Christopher. I knew you would! “BK”

  4. Most of the “church” today sits in judgement against most sins and the people who commit them

    Hmm… not sure most applies here. Certain there are certain corners that do. I find that the conservative wing of Protestant churches, particularly those that call themselves “reformed” or “cessationist,” tend to judge constantly while insisting that they’re merely “judging right judgment.”

    Many Evangelical Protestant believers feel unsafe in their churches; they have to pretend to be more holy than they are or else they’ll be condemned by their church mates. Often they are afraid to discuss their weaknesses or habitual sins with others for fear of being labeled “fallen,” asked to step down from performing ministries they enjoy, and being subjected to an embarrassing process of “restoration” during which time they are regarded with pity and condescension by their friends and acquaintances. They remain shackled by their faults and suffer in silence, alone.

    I’ve been attending Vineyard churches for the past several years, which are much more realistic about ordinary sin. We find that a lot of people who visit never return because they’re uncomfortable with that level of openness.

    I’ve also had several tussles with Protestant “Doctrine Police” recently, mostly over facebook posts railing against a TV minister named Joel Osteen. Now, I have no great love for Pastor Osteen; he seems to soft-pedal the gospel in a manner that I dislike. I don’t listen to TV ministers generally, and especially not to Osteen.

    However, I absolutely despise the way the false doctrine hunters assault this man. I try to tell them to stop judging their brother, citing Matthew 7:1-5, Romans 14:4, and James 4:11-12. They tell me I’m being ridiculous, or worse. But their objections to Osteen are generally nonsense, and I simply can’t find any justification for Christians assaulting other Christians in this manner. They claim to be obeying commands to expose works of darkness, but that’s ridiculous; mostly they’re just expressing their hatred for a guy who doesn’t preach precisely what they do.

    These days I’m challenging anybody who judges their fellow-Christians to explain to me exactly what sort of behavior Paul and James actually meant to extinguish when they wrote Romans 14:4 and James 4:11-12. So far, i have not received any answer.

    • I do not believe to judge anyone at this present time, just to be aware wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove, ready to give an answer as God leads when needed to be as God sees fit at the time, and with no condemnation since I am not condemned, So with love rebuke that person in private if possible learn to be this, which I have not always been, and have said sorry from the heart whether it was accepted or not from the other, So we learn this below and thank you for this post in making no judgment before the rime

      1 John 4:6

      We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

  5. They meant exactly to extinguish hate, exactly, problem people aware to truth or not, they being aware they judge and forget to be harmless and by judging they are pulling up the tares and harming the wheat. When God said let both grow together
    Thank you Phil weingart fro the insight you shared

  6. Ramma permalink

    Great thoughts everyone. I think judgement or the “right” to judge has really been abused by people everywhere. It is a fine line between making a decision from spiritual discernment and making a judgemental decision. I have to discern if a person, “church”, is a “Christian or not. Christian=Christ like. When a person, “church” or institution doesn’t have the attributes of Christ, we have to decide what we will be associated with. We become what we are around. Blessings

    • Amen Ramma, seeing through that dark Mirror is not easy and takes much standing in faith no matter what God said he loves us all and wishes the best for us all, and God knows how to deal with our misunderstanding s in Love and Mercy to teach us truth from any and all errors we all have made and might makes again, Yet Christ stands for us all to come to deeper and deeper belief in Father by him

      1 John 2 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

      2 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 and he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

      Amen to all here sharing and caring, praying we all see in love and Mercy to all as God has given to us

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