Rebuke and Condemn Evil!

open rebuke is better than secret love

There is a strong difference between judging and rebuking.  The distinction is that rebuking seeks to CORRECT the offender rather than condemning them. Unfortunately, many offenders take issue at being corrected and prefer to turn it around and accuse the rebuker (or victim) of wrongdoing rather than admit they were wrong and change their own behavior.  Although the Bible does tell us not to judge one another, it also instructs us very clearly to rebuke those who do evil, as well as those who hurt us.

Another way of looking at rebuking vs. judging is that rebuking involves facts, while judging involves assumptions. Here is an example:  when you disapprove of/protest/confront an abuser for behaving in ways that hurt other people (fact), and he responds by accusing you of not being a good Christian (assumption) (because you are confronting him, not honoring him, or for whatever reason), then you are rebuking him, but he is judging you.

Jesus and the Apostles were very bold and rebuked and condemned evil. They even openly rebuked people in the church for doing evil, in order to strengthen the church… a few examples…

1 Timothy 5:20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear. Luke 17:3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. 2 Timothy 4:2 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. Titus 1:13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; Titus 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.”
If we don’t warn someone in error to turn from evil, we are partly responsible. “Ezekiel 33:8 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.”
Jesus was VERY bold openly!…
“Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.; O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things?; Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?; Thou hypocrite, ye have made it a den of thieves; Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.; Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified.”

It is a grave injustice to see a brother or sister entangled in sin and not address it in Love. Being politically correct or neutral when it comes to sin is not what God has called us to do.We must not be afraid of people or the backlash that comes from speaking the truth, when GOD is the one we must answer to.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father I thank you for helping us to understand that rebuking and condemning evil is a Kingdom command to strengthen your Bride. Help us to come into Unity of the faith Lord and stand firm against the onslaught of the enemy. Thank you for giving us the strength to humble ourselves to receive correction and instruction when it is necessary in our own lives. In Jesus name…Amen

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7 thoughts on “Rebuke and Condemn Evil!

  1. grammatteus says:

    Thanks for clarifying the issue for me. Stuff I knew but needed ‘confirmation’ on it. I’ve just finished my chapter on sin with the conclusion that judging is sin, maybe even the ‘original sin’ of Eden, but I’ll be getting onto rebuking (and how it is NOT the same as judging) when I get to church life. Your point is brief and concise; I’ll just be lengthening the issue out a bit, lol.

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  2. Kelvin C. Jones Sr. says:

    I do believe that we really need to rebuke and correct our brother/sister to keep them from living in error, but both need to come to a positive end if they want agape love to win out! I had a situation where a Christian woman whom I call friend was accusing me of having emotional baggage in my current state (emotional stronghold from a prior and ended relationship) and was told to stay to myself as God worked on my hurt, but I had to say the goal is relationship with God’s people as well as His anointed that we may build each other up in faith. The thought that I shouldn’t speak or connect with people around me dealing with the same issues confused me because me being someone who ministers to others daily I am in need of good counsel from not only God but His anointed daily or at least weekly. I believe SOME people God has created matured and anointed to help with our plight of not being accepted or even acknowledged by the people they most need to get help from. Not that you put all your energy into one person, but God put Iron sharpens Iron in the bible for a reason! If too many people decide it’s healthy to close yourself off and run off whoever needs you there will be no fellowship in the body and each part would deem themselves unworthy of the Kingdom.

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    • ministrygirl says:

      Hi Kelvin I believe the goal isn’t necessarily relationship with God’s people but relationship with God first. We have to allow God to heal the broken places in our lives and people just can’t do it. When you try and replace a hurtful relationship with a woman with another relationship, you are avoiding dealing with the pain. God wants to be the goto FIRST.

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      • Kelvin C. Jones Sr. says:

        That is very true, but in my experience, being a man who has a calling and having been in church my whole life sometimes you need a friend also, although I will continuously, and always need and develop my relationship with GOD. I don’t just talk to woman, but also anointed men who have endured some of the same issues I am going through. The problem I had is that I felt as if I was getting closer to God through this individual and Satan started coming between us. Not every male/female relationship has to end with a ring! I have known several women who felt threatened in the area of their virtue and their ability to have a spouse to the point where they suggest that I wanted too much from them because I wanted less than a marriage, but a bit more of their time. Now, I understand that most friendships evolve into something else nowadays but I believe the enemy sensed some power in us, and after a little confusion about lines and boundaries crossed causing this individual to cut me off, as if that was the solution. They may have never even thought “how can I minister to this person now?” I do agree that people need time with God to work out issues though, but even in the business world you have to develop healthy working relationships to make sure both parties are being taken care of. As stated before scripture says: Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17

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  3. Pastor Ron Simmons says:

    Math. 18:15 uses the word rebuke as a way of correction and not condem. Rebuke -Greek- el-eng’-kho: to reprove or admonish. I agree with minitrygirl.

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