Don’t judge me.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth… ” Romans 1:16

Why are we so afraid to speak up for God? Why are we so afraid to live truly holy lives? Why are we so afraid to lose “friends” that we do not speak up for what we believe? Why are we afraid to offend the world that we are ashamed to claim and proclaim the TRUTH?

We have so many excuses.

*I don’t want to offend anybody. Are you not offended by much the world has to offer?

*I don’t want to force my beliefs on anyone. Does the world not constantly force you to believe their lies?

*I don’t want to start any disagreements. Did everyone always agree with what Jesus had to say?

*We should only  “love” each other to Jesus. Is that really always how Jesus did it?

*I’m not going JUDGE them like that!

We are to show God’s love and God’s glory to a lost and dying world. But tell them they are in sin? Judge them like that???

Truth is, the Bible is offensive. The truth is offensive. If you start really living what you believe and speaking out against sin, you are going to offend somebody. If you call someone’s lifestyle for what it is… SIN, people are going to get angry. Let them. It is not between you and them anyway. It is between you and God.

Paul said bluntly, “For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” Galations 1:10

People do disagree with the Bible because all are sinners. We are all born with a nature and flesh that wants to sin, and wants to disagree with God. We think we know better a lot of the time. But, truth is, we don’t, and the sooner people realize this, the better off everyone will be. Say you speak the truth and someone comes with a disagreement, you are just going to back down and recant? Then you are ashamed of God and His truth.

Jesus and the apostles were not feeble-mouthed lovers of men who sought to offend no one and love people into heaven. The apostles were thrown into prison saying, “We can not help but speak about what we have seen and heard” in Acts 4. All of the disciples died martyrs deaths. I’m sure it wasn’t because they “played nice” with the religious leaders of the day. Jesus had some harsh words for the scribes and pharisees in Matthew 23, calling them hypocrites with mouths like open sepulchers full of dead men’s bones. He said, “Woe unto you” meaning a chastisement or great sorrow should befall you. “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” These are Jesus’s words. He also wasn’t wrong in over turning tables in His Father’s house as greedy “religious” men were making a mock of it. “Christians” today would be all over that…. I guess Jesus didn’t know that “all things should be done in love and meekness and humility. How dare He judge them like that?” God Himself wiped out entire nations that refused to repent of their sin.

We are not more loving than God.

We live in a world of “toleration” and “acceptance.” We buy into the lie that people can believe whatever they want to believe and we are all ok. We shouldn’t offend people by telling them they are wrong. Don’t judge them.

People, that is not love. We have the TRUTH. We own it. Any person that claims the name of Christ is responsible for everything they DO NOT SAY with regards to the gospel and the truth of the Bible. By not telling people they are wrong you are sending them on their merry, tolerated way to hell…. or if they are a Christian, letting them send others to hell. How loving is that?

Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. Luke 17:1-4

“If I am afraid to speak the truth lest I lose affection, or lest the one concerned should say, “You do not understand”, or because I fear to lose my reputation for kindness; if I put my own good name before the other’s highest good, then I know nothing of Calvary love.”  Amy Carmichael

Now, people watch how you live. Words-actions=nothing. They know when what you preach doesn’t line up with how you live. You need to walk the walk in private before you ever talk the talk in public. You will also be held accountable for destroying God’s message by living a self-serving life. Lukewarm living literally makes God sick. However, that is not an excuse not to speak..  If we just do our Christian thing and never open our mouths, we are not doing our job. When we open our mouths and speak the truth, even in the most loving ways, that means that some people, unsaved and carnal Christians, are going to be offended. Jesus said don’t be surprised if the world hates you, because they hated Him too.

If every carnal Christian, and unsaved person loves you, you are doing something wrong.

Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. Psalm 119:65

In no way should we go around looking for arguments to involve ourselves in. But we are not called to sit idly by while the world goes to hell or other Christians destroy the testimony of all. If we say nothing, then what are we guilty of? We are commanded to speak.

“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil…wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked..”  Ephesians 6:11,16

That sounds like a battle to me. We were commissioned to preach the gospel-the Truth- unapologetically. We were called to advance a kingdom.

You and I were not called to play video games, we were not called to sit in front of a television set, we were not called to give ourselves to trifles, we were called to advance a kingdom, to live with a passion, to fight for Him and to only every once in a while drop our swords and look up for a smile. I want to fight , I don’t want comfort, I don’t want ease in Zion because the kingdom of God is built not by those who rest easily in Zion, but by those who go out into the streets and fight and the weapons of our warfare are not carnal. They are mighty. Intercessory prayer, the proclamation of the gospel and sacrificial love. Men, rise up! Old men of God, do what you were called to do. Be valiant and strong and know that it’s going to cost you. You take your stand beside Jesus Christ in His cause and you watch the devil come after you buffeting you from the outside and from the inside, but that’s what war is about. -Paul Washer

We are so quick to jump in on what everyone else is doing…. to stop Joseph Kony from putting little children through hell in their own country. Sure, open your mouth, join a cause, fight a fight! That is great……
but what about when its not so “viral”?
Why will we not open our mouth for Jesus?
Why can we not fight the enemy of our souls who is rocking this world to sleep in his arms?
Why are we so afraid??

“The remarkable thing about God is that when you fear God, you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God, you fear everything else.” -Oswald Chambers

Yes, we love. We love people, but we are not more loving than God. God expects us to speak for Him in this world. Christians need to stop being so tolerant of sin and cowardly when it comes to the truth. God is controversial in our generation. Jesus offends people when he asks them to repent of their SIN; but God is ashamed of people that are ashamed of Him. Jesus did far too much for us to do so little and still claim His name for salvation alone. Jesus fought the battle of the ages so that we can be saved and free. He is worth every effort, every mocking comment, every “persecution” that we might face. Stop sitting on the sidelines too afraid to join the battle. Stop embarrassing God. Live a holy life and take a stand. Be courageous. Open your mouth. Eternity depends on it.

For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. Hebrews 11:13-16

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