“Only God can judge me.”
“Who are you to tell me what I can or can’t do?”
“Mine your own business.”
“You think you’re so good, just a ‘holier than thou’ religious fanatic.”
These are only a drop in the bucket of excuses you hear from people when confronted with their personal sins. Their sin is their private matter and not anyone else’s. They fail to see where their sin affect the people around them. The sins of a parent affect the children just as those of the children affect the parents. Same is true between spouses.
Let’s go a step farther and repeat the position claiming the sins of church members affect the whole church. Is it not true? Warning, this was a rhetorical question. It is true. There is no such thing as an isolated sin.
Have you noticed statements similar to this being repeated the last few months? They go something like, ‘our nation needs to get back to God.’ The church is calling on the world to repent but the world is not listening because the church has lost its intergrity. The world is calling on the church to repent and clean up their own house! The church needs to repent. The world sees no accountability in the church. There is no difference between them and threatrical productions. The gospel is not used to draw people into the church. Rather it is celebrity preachers, performers, and personalities. The focus is on entertainment not evangelism, singers not salvations, benefits not baptisms and doctorate degrees instead of devoted disciples.
Strangely, there is a great mass who agree repentance is needed. However, I proposed, there is one word we must get past if there is to be genuine repentance. That one word is REBUKE!
Nobody likes it. Doesn’t matter if you are saved or not, in church or not, active disciple or not. No one likes to be rebuked. To rebuke another person is to invite their contempt. Their anger swells and the comparisons begin. I’m not as bad as …!
Some of the ones who coil up at being rebuked are the rebukers. Namely, pastors. You try to rebuke a minister; get ready for it. Passages from the Holy Bible become weapons of attack and justification. These preachers motto is, I can preach (rebuke) you but don’t you dare try that with me.
It’s no wonder the world looks at the church with disdain. Preachers smoking like coal factories, consuming alcoholic beverages with the best of them, flirtatious adulterous shameful displays of worldliness. They shame the face of Christ.
There is not going to be a revival of repentance and Christ-centered living until all the people of God are willing to hear rebuke, accept rebuke, and settle the issue. Do I dare call out your sin? Do I dare rebuke you? Do I dare hear rebuke for my own sin? Only with the Lord’s help.
The devil is not the only one who needs to be rebuked!
Until next time,