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

Out of the Wilderness A Word from the Lord

Wilderness

I will indeed lead you out of the wilderness. The wilderness experience of these past years have been hard for you. Many of My people have been wounded and lost hope, and some have even lost faith. But, I say that in this season you shall regain all. You shall recover all that you have lost, and you shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. This I declare that I will bring blessings to you to demonstrate not only My goodness, but it shall be a sign that what I have spoken to you is true and shall come to pass. Encourage yourself. Encourage yourself! Forget those things that are behind you. Get ready for the great crossing-over, for you about to cross over into a new level of anointing, power and glory. There will be a greater demonstration of My kingdom, says the Lord. All that is required of you is to rise up and say, “I’m going! I’m going with the Lord. I’m going to cross over into the goodness of the Lord.”

Ready,Set, Go!

I think that the way church services are held are a pretty far cry from the way Jesus intended for them to be. I mean, think about it. You have your praise and worship, announcements, tithe and offering then finally after all of that you get to hear God’s word.  Oddly enough they may actually only give 20-25 minutes of Scripture and teaching out of the 3 -4 hours you attend!!!.That’s a lot of time spent AT church!

I believe that church should be more along the lines of a huddle in a football game. People should get together on Sunday and receive the Message that is being taught, then immediately following,Leaders should appoint teams or groups.After the Teams have been established and zones designated, they should go out into the communities and give the message they just received.Bringing souls into the Kingdom of God.

But what normally happens? You go to church spend half the day there, (while looking at your watch to see if it’s past time for the lunch buffet at Golden Corral ) and then you go home. If you are halfway serious about Evangelism you might even tell someone who calls you, what your Pastor preached about today. THIS HAS GOT TO STOP folks!

What did our Lord commission us to do? What is our mission here while we are on planet Earth?

The Word of God says…”Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, ‘This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.'” (Luke 24:45-48).  “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation“( Mark 16:15)

You see, we were never meant to just sit around and get fat off the Word and then keep it to ourselves.Many of us don’t even realize the fact that a lot of the people who need to be ministered to will NEVER step foot in a church. They are either too scared of being judged and offended by us or they are too wounded spiritually. Even if you invite everyone in your cell phone or email address book to come to church with you, how many of them actually accept those invitations?  Thought so…

I have been working on a ministry plan of action called “Ready, Set, Go!”

Ready- All members congregate at the sanctuary and receive the message for the day. Readying or preparing themselves for the mission at hand.

Set- or “appoint” Leaders and teams. Equipping them with appropriate ministry tools for the mission ( Tracts, bibles to give out, candy or small toys for children etc.)

Go- Get on those busses or vans or bikes or whatever transportation your church has and get into the field to bring people the Good news about Jesus!

Just imagine what our communities would start to be like if ALL the churches in each of our communities would ban together on Sundays, sharing their resources with each other to get this mission accomplished! WoW, that would be beautiful praise God!

What do you think? Better yet… what will you do?