This will NOT be a “cutesy” PC approach to the two Biggest SINS in and of The Church. The nature of the issue is too serious for being cute. And the carnal, Liberal, worldly tenet of “Political Correctness” IS part of BOTH problems, aka SINS.
SIN #1: UNITY.
FIRST, let’s look at the ONLY three verses in THE ENTIRE Bible that even have the word “unity” in them, and look at what THE BIBLE really says about unity. Then we will juxtapose The Truth of Scripture against The Lies of the modern “Church”.
Psalm 133:1 King James Version
133 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
Things to note:
- This is NOT a universal call to unity.
- This NOT a call to unity with sinners, unbelievers.
- This is NOT a call to unity with pagans, infidels, reprobates, nor apostates.
- This is NOT a call to unity with cults, false teachers, false prophets, and FALSE brethren.
- This IS a call to ONLY the Blood-bought, redeemed, truly Born-Again, Bible-believing, Jesus-honoring, Sin-hating, Gospel preaching, Family of God, The Bride of Christ, The (TRUE) Church.
- This is a call to ONLY Bible-believing and Honoring Christians, whether Baptist, Nazarene, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Pentecostal (NOT to be confused with “charismatic”; there IS a BIG difference), Lutheran, Methodist…IF one TRULY believes ALL of Scripture IS THE SOLE Word of God, that God created the Heavens and the earth, and all that is in them, created mankind in HIS image and likeness and gave mankind dominion over all creation (NOT to be confused with “Dominionism/Kingdom Now”blasphemy), that God is a Trinity, Three in One (I John 5:7), that Jesus’ virgin birth, sinless life, divinity, and redeeming death on the cross, shedding His Blood, and subsequent resurrection 3 days later, that when Jesus ascended into heaven He sent another Comforter, The Holy Spirit (3rd Person of The Trinity) to call, cleanse, and get The Church, aka The Bride of Christ, ready for Christ’s soon return…THEN you ARE part of the brethren mentioned above, the Family of God.
Ephesians 4:3 King James Version
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
- Again, this is NOT a call to “universal unity” with any and everybody.
- THIS is a unity that is inspired and anointed BY The Holy Spirit.
- Hence, this speaks ONLY about the unity of the brethren (see above), that is a direct and specific working of The Holy Spirit.
- This is NOT some man-made, man-generated, man-mandated unity. THAT “unity” is built on the sand, and is a carnal ,carbon-copy of the “unity” at The Tower of Babel…a “unity” which God Himself judged and destroyed, just like God will destroy the man-made, Tower-of-Babel “unity” of The Antichrist in The Great Tribulation.
Ephesians 4:13 King James Version
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
- This is NOT a call to the unity of “faiths”. NO.
- This IS a call to a true and Biblical unity of THE Faith, around the Biblical Tenets of God as solely found clearly IN The Bible. [NOTE: There is NO other “word of God”. The Bible ALONE IS God’s Holy, Eternal, Infallible, Immutable, Living Word.]
- These Biblical Tenets have already been enumerated, but will also add them here: IF one TRULY believes ALL of Scripture IS THE SOLE Word of God, that God created the Heavens and the earth, and all that is in them, created mankind in HIS image and likeness and gave mankind dominion over all creation (NOT to be confused with “Dominionism/Kingdom Now”blasphemy), that God is a Trinity, Three in One (I John 5:7), that Jesus’ virgin birth, sinless life, divinity, and redeeming death on the cross, shedding His Blood, and subsequent resurrection 3 days later, that when Jesus ascended into heaven He sent another Comforter, The Holy Spirit (3rd Person of The Trinity) to call, cleanse, and get The Church, aka The Bride of Christ, ready for Christ’s soon return…THEN you ARE part of the brethren mentioned above, the Family of God.
SIN #2: DON’T JUDGE.
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE ACTUALLY, REALLY SAY ABOUT JUDGING?
I will post entire Scripture passages to show what GOD really says.
Let us begin.
FIRST, can we all agree that in The Bible there is NO higher authority than God/Jesus/The Holy Spirit?
IF YOU agree on that then let’s begin here:
John 7:24 King James Version (KJV)
24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
This is The Lord Jesus Christ talking. HE speaks of TWO types of judging here. Superficial, hypocritical, and “righteous judging”.
The superficial/hypocritical Christ straitly forbids.
The Righteous judging HE commands.
Deuteronomy 1:12-18 King James Version (KJV)
12 How can I myself alone bear your cumbrance, and your burden, and your strife?
13 Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you.
14 And ye answered me, and said, The thing which thou hast spoken is good for us to do.
15 So I took the chief of your tribes, wise men, and known, and made them heads over you, captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, and captains over fifties, and captains over tens, and officers among your tribes.
16 And I charged your judges at that time, saying, Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between every man and his brother, and the stranger that is with him.
17 Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God’s: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it.
18 And I commanded you at that time all the things which ye should do.
Here God commands, set things in order, and details the way to judge, judge righteously, ONLY according to God’s Word/Law. Sounds a LOT like what The Lord Jesus said in John 7:24.
Exodus 18:13-23 King James Version (KJV)
13 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people: and the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening.
14 And when Moses’ father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even?
15 And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God:
16 When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes of God, and his laws.
17 And Moses’ father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good.
18 Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.
19 Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God:
20 And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do.
21 Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:
22 And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee.
23 If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able to endure, and all this people shall also go to their place in peace.
Teach and instruct in The Law and Word God; judge accordingly.
Psalm 149:6-9 King James Version (KJV)
6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;
7 To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;
8 To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;
9 To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the Lord.
Learn God’s Law and Word. Judge accordingly.
Malachi 3:16-18 King James Version (KJV)
16 Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.
17 And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
[NOTE: In the original Hebrew of the O.T. and Greek of the N.T. discern means: to judge correctly. THIS is very important later on as we will see.]
1 Corinthians 5 King James Version (KJV)
5 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.
2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.
3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,
4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?
7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:
10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.
11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
[NOTE: God’s Word says Paul passed this judgment though NOT physically present. God’s Word IS Truth, IS Right, no matter the distance or location.]
1 Corinthians 6:1-10 King James Version (KJV)
6 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.
5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?
6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.
7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?
8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
WE, The Church, will judge ANGELS.
That being the case how MUCH MORE are WE capable of JUDGING things that pertain to THIS Life?
Learn God’s Word, judge accordingly.
1 Corinthians 12:7-11 King James Version (KJV)
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
[NOTE: Here is the word DISCERN again, as 1st seen in Malachi 3:16-18. One of the GIFTS of The Spirit is “discerning of/judging of spirits”. This is where The Holy Spirit, who sees, hears, and KNOWS all the hearts and minds of men (and demons) and via the gift of discerning/judging of spirits supernaturally enables the believer to KNOW who or what is before them, and to KNOW if it’s truly of God, or not. THIS will be seen as very vital later.]
1 Timothy 5:20 King James Version (KJV)
20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.
Learn God’s Word, judge accordingly.
2 Timothy 4:1-6 King James Version (KJV)
4 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
Titus 1:8-16 King James Version (KJV)
8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.
12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, the Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
We ARE to KNOW God’s Word so well that when WE see or hear someone who claims to be a believer speak or do falsely, aka wrong, that WE SHARPLY REBUKE THEM TO THE END WE STOP THEIR MOUTHS.
1 John 4:1-6 King James Version (KJV)
4 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try (JUDGE, DISCERN) the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
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.
[NOTE: From Malachi 3 to I Corinthians 12, now here in I John 4 we see the NEED of DISCERNING OF/judging of spirits, doctrine, truth, error, and right and wrong according TO God’s Word.]
Matthew 18:15-17 King James Version (KJV)
15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
[NOTE: This is Jesus talking again, the HIGHEST authority there is, and HE says HOW to execute judgment among the brethren in the church. See also Romans 16:17-18; and II Corinthians 6:14-7:1.]
Lastly, THE MOST MISUNDERSTOOD, MISUSED SCRIPTURE PASSAGE IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE, by saint and sinner alike.
Matthew 7:1-23 King James Version (KJV)
7 Judge not, that ye be not judged. [MY NOTE: 99.99% of the world and church STOP here, like the rest of Matthew 7 doesn’t exist, let alone the rest of The Entire Bible.]
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you…
…13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Many stop at verse one like that is all that The Lord Jesus Christ said.
BUT place that INTO the proper CONTEXT of the rest of the chapter, and indeed, The WHOLE BIBLE and you see Jesus Christ says in more detail in Matthew chpt. 7 what HE says in John 7:24. Jesus does NOT give a blanket prohibition of judging, BUT ONLY of superficial, hypocritical judging.
The Conclusion of the Whole Matter:
- STUDY GOD’S WORD- ALL OF IT.
- LEARN GOD’S WORD- ALL OF IT.
- BELIEVE GOD’S WORD- ALL OF IT.
- LIVE BY GOD’S WORD- AGAIN, ALL OF IT.
- And when God’s Word says something is right IT IS RIGHT regardless of who says otherwise.
- When God’s Word says something is wrong IT IS WRONG regardless of who says otherwise.
- Do NOT be shallow.
- Do NOT be hypocritical.
- Do NOT be hateful, hate-filled, NOR in anyway operate in hate.
- If you see a moral or doctrinal error PRAY FIRST. And ALWAYS respond IN and WITH LOVE, [Ephesians 4:15].
If you’re happy that someone failed so you can be the “Bible Cop”…then YOUR heart is not right. Pray. Repent. Get forgiveness. Get restoration.
Two things about Godly judgment:
MUST BE SQUARELY ROOTED IN GOD’S WORD- NO OPINION.
MUST BE COMPLETELY LED/ANOINTED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND GIVEN IN AND BY GOD’S LOVE- PERIOD.
You may be asking, “Why do you think this is so important, Rev. Larry?”
My answer…. think of the countless churches, homes, marriages, families, and lives that have been RUINED, some that went to Hell…because no one spoke God’s Word, The Truth, to them in love.
These two are the Biggest/Worst smoke-screen, aka sins, IN the the church.
They are a carnal two-edged sword to protect the guilty, attack the innocent, and beat back the faithful Christian who is speaking God’s Word/Truth.
No wonder the modern “church” is so fragmented, weak, chaotic, and corrupt! Too many “saints” have rejected, abandoned their God-called, God-given DUTY to BE The Light in a dark world.
And no wonder the multitudes are streaming steadily down the wide road to Hell…the “church” plays with and IN sin, rather than stand against it and rebuke it.
-Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer.