"Don't Judge Me!"

12:28 PM at 12:28 PM

One of the most common phrases I hear in a certain segment of the Church is, "Don't judge me!".  This has always rubbed me wrong.  Especially since this phrase typically came out of the mouths of people who were on that slippery slope of drifting from God.  It's really unfortunate that our society has lied to the Church body to believe that no one (even Church leaders and ministry) has the right to judge you.  I suppose that is why it always bothered me.

Growing up as a teenager, I spent a lot of my Bible readying/studying time in Paul's epistles.  It didn't take me long to realize that God's plan for the Church and Church leadership was to "watch over our souls" and to guard us on our spiritual journey.  When I had a leader point out error (dare I say sin) in my life, deep down inside I knew that it was the Church functioning as God intended it to.  Maybe not immediately, but once I got past my flesh I understood this to be true.

I never really took the time to build my understanding of this idea with scriptures but it just landed in my lap the other day.  Reading it in the New Living translation has the greatest impact in this context.
1 Corinthians 5:12 NLT
It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning.
Wow!  If that isn't a game changer for some people's doctrine, I don't know what will be.  Take time to read that whole chapter and you'll see that Paul is saying that all the context of "don't judge me" that is in the Bible is directed to outsiders who haven't been saved yet, people who haven't yet experienced Bible salvation.  The Church and those who claim to be a part of it really are on the opposite side of this story... we are placed here (again, especially the ministry) to look out for each other.  That's one of the strongest values for Church membership and involvement.

Let's learn that value of Church and let our pride fall.  Once we do this, we will realize the true power of the Church body... the Body of Christ.

Does God Send Evil Spirits?

8:20 AM at 8:20 AM

This question was sent in from a reader that I will address:

Ok as i pick up in 1 Samuel 16:14-15. The Word says that an evil spirit from the Lord troubled Saul. I wasnt aware that the Lord had evil spirits that trouble people.
Any thoughts?

God has no evil in Him, but remember, He is on the throne of the universe!  He still controls all things.  Just like earthquakes, hurricanes and may other natural disasters.   God is in control of it all.  When God “sent” plagues to Egypt was He being “evil”?  No!  Of course not.  We all know that Egypt’s sin and ultimately Pharaoh’s disobedience brought the plagues on Egypt.  God gave him many chances to obey.  The case is the same with King Saul.  His disobedience brought God’s judgment on him.  Don’t get caught up in the wording… receive the message.

A big area that many Christians (as well as almost all atheists) get trapped in is the paradigm that God and Satan are opposites.  Good and Evil are opposites, etc.  That is the biggest lie from hell manufactured to date!

God has no opposite!  Here is the proof; what is the opposite of light? Most say dark, but they are wrong.  Dark is not the opposite of light… it is the absence of light.  Hot is not the opposite of cold.  Cold is the absence of heat.

Evil is not the opposite of good… it is the absence  of good.

When man doesn’t allow God’s law and grace (depending on what dispensation he/she is living in) operate in their lives, you are blocking God from your life and hence His favor, provision, grace, etc.  That is man’s decision.  God set the laws of the universe in place long before any man breathed life on earth.  The consequences of our decisions for sin are just as real in this life as the consequences for stepping off of a bridge.  God’s laws will produce a consequence.