IF the Word of God cannot reach a sinner and IF the Holy Ghost cannot reach them, then nothing will. And resorting to imitating the world won’t help. The world needs to be imitating US. Christians set the standard, not satan.
We are so content to hide behind, “Judge not lest ye judged” or “Touch not mine anointed” that we don’t hold people accountable for the things they do. Our excuse is always, “Well, we shouldn’t judge.” Baloney! Jesus was not talking about sitting idly by and letting sin run rampant and never calling people to account for what they do. He was cautioning us not to be holier-than-thou and critical for no reason and not to judge from a position of moral superiority without examining ourselves too.
The Bible speaks of judging with mercy and judging with righteous judgment and admonishing the unruly. Yes, God makes the final judgment; however, we are allowed to make discernments and appraisals and decisions about the things we see. We just shouldn’t do it and ignore our own sins or do it in a spiteful, vengeful way.
Part of the problem with this world today is that we are so eager to tolerate every and anything. We (and in this “we”, I include many of us Christians) refuse to stand up to the wrongdoing and the bad behavior we see. That’s why some of our pastors (and parishioners) are running amok and some of our churches could double for nightclubs. Many of us are afraid to speak the truth because we get hit with “Judge not lest ye be judged” by those folks who take the bits and pieces of the Bible they like and make them fit their needs and those who fail to read this Scripture and many others in their full context.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Reprobation, in Christian theology, is a corollary to the Calvinistic doctrine of unconditional election which derives that some of mankind (the elect) are predestined by God for salvation. Therefore, the remainder are left to their fallen nature and eventually to eternal damnation. This same state of unbelief is also known as reprobation. In Calvinist terminology, the non-elect are often referred to as the reprobate. Similarly, when a sinner is so hardened as to feel no remorse or misgiving of conscience, it is considered as a sign of reprobation.