Thursday, January 14, 2016

Perilous Times and the Watchman's Duty!

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 

For men will be lovers of themselves, 
lovers of money, 
boasters, 
proud, 
blasphemers, 
disobedient to parents, 
unthankful, 
unholy, 
unloving, 
unforgiving, 
slanderers, 
without self-control, 
brutal, 
despisers of good, 
traitors, 
headstrong, 
haughty, 
lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 
having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
2 Timothy 3:2-5

I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: 

preach the word [as an official messenger]; be ready when the time is right and even when it is not [keep your sense of urgency, whether the opportunity seems favorable or unfavorable, whether convenient or inconvenient, whether welcome or unwelcome]; 
correct [those who err in doctrine or behavior], 
warn [those who sin], 
exhort and encourage [those who are growing toward spiritual maturity], with inexhaustible patience and [faithful] teaching. 

For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine and accurate instruction [that challenges them with God’s truth]; but wanting to have their ears tickled [with something pleasing], they will accumulate for themselves [many] teachers [one after another, chosen] to satisfy their own desires and to support the errors they hold, 
and will turn their ears away from the truth and will wander off into myths and man-made fictions [and will accept the unacceptable]. 
But as for you, be clear-headed in every situation [stay calm and cool and steady], endure every hardship [without flinching], do the work of an evangelist, fulfill [the duties of] your ministry.
2 Timothy 4:1-5

We indeed are living in those times where the truth is constantly flipped for a lie. If we are in Christ then we are to correct, warn, exhort and encourage. We are NOT to sit idly by and keep silent because we MIGHT offend someone engaged in sin. NO NO NO! If we sit idly by then WE are to be judged and God will require that we give account because we knew the truth and we kept silent! WHY? All for the sake of not offending.  Sometimes the truth can be offensive because often, it isn't what someone wants to hear! They want to be told that it is okay to remain in their sin because if someone disagrees with their sin and doesn't accept their sin, then that means that they don't love the sinner or accept the sinner. THIS IS SO FAR FROM THE TRUTH! We are to give Godly warnings in love and in Christ and then it is up to the sinner to receive the truth.

When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will certainly die,’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man will die because of his sin; but I will require his blood from your hand. But if you on your part warn the wicked man to turn from his [evil] way and he does not turn from his [evil] way, he will die in his sin; but you have saved your life.
Ezekiel 33:8

 THE LOVE OF CHRIST DOES NOT MEAN THAT WE ACCEPT THE SIN AND SAY IT IS OKAY TO REMAIN IN SIN! This means that with the love of Jesus Christ we gently correct, warn and admonish those that are in sin around us, so that they might be saved!

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9

Jesus Christ's does indeed love us as we are and there IS acceptance in Him but He will not accept sin in our lives! The story of the woman in the Bible that was taken in adultery: 

And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

John 8:3-12


It is important to look at this story as a whole! The pharisees brought the woman to Jesus seeking to stone her for her sins. They were coming in anger and condemnation. Jesus said, "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her."
One by one they left because Jesus convicted them of THEIR OWN sins with which they were struggling. Then says, "Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?" 
She says, No man, Lord!
And Jesus says unto her, "Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more." 
There is no allusion that Jesus accepted her sin and told her it was okay to continue in adultery. NO! Jesus tells her, "Neither do I condemn thee: go and sin nor more! That means that he told her to STOP sinning, TURN AWAY from sin! Jesus by the sheer power of who He was, the son of God DID NOT have to condemn her or say anything accept what He said. The encounter that she had with Jesus changed her and she stopped sinning! That is how it should be with us when we come to know Christ or we say that we know Him! We should be changed and STOP sinning! That means that we no longer continue doing the things that we did BEFORE we were saved and we no longer make excuses for continuing in our sin.

If we have to go to outside sources other than the Bible to justify sinful behavior, then that means that we shouldn't be doing what we are doing! Of course we are going to make mistakes but that is no excuse to remain in sin. We continue to follow after Jesus Christ, repent and ask for forgiveness and ask to be changed. Jesus tells the multitude that He is the light of life and that no man that follows after Him shall walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.


We as humans do not have the right to condemn! Condemnation is NOT the same as warning or correcting. Take a look at the definitions of each word!

Condemn
express complete disapproval of, typically in public;censure
synonyms:criticize,denounce,revile,blame,chastise,berate

Correct
put right (an error or fault).
synonyms: rectify, put right, set right, right, amend, emend, remedy, repair

Warn
inform someone in advance of an impending or possible danger, problem, or other unpleasant situation.
synonyms:notify, alert, apprise, inform, tell, make someone aware, forewarn, remind,give notice


Even by the definitions we can see that condemnation is typically to shame. We have no right to shame or condemn to hell because we do not determine that sentence. Only God knows the heart within a person. With the love of Jesus Christ we are supposed to tell the truth! We are to warn and correct with the love of Christ, those that we see in sin, so that someone might be saved! We are NOT to sit idly by while we see others engaged in sin and keep silent because we might offend. We simply speak the truth with love, the healing Word of God! After that, Jesus will do the rest and His light can find it's way in!

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