JUDGING SIN

“One of the great sins of the modern churches is the refusal to judge the teachings of others. This is a problem with the church model wherein it is considered not only unloving to do so, but impolite. Our “civilized” culture frowns on confrontation; it makes people uncomfortable to hear others vociferously contend for their beliefs. Whether those beliefs are right or wrong isn’t the issue, the issue is peace at any price.

As a result of this cultural proclivity toward politeness, Christians sit in their pews listening to doctrines of demons and watching demonic practices take place without challenge. A pastor can spout the worse heresy and no one will call him to account publicly because that would be impolite. And ushers stand ready to remove anyone who would dare do so. Society propagates this cowardice by imposing penalties and fines for anyone who disrupts a religious service.

It may be well that government is ready to protect religions against undue harassment from those who are not of the particular religion in question, but it has no business entering into the disputes among those who claim to be of like faith, particularly if one disrupting the service is a member of the assembly. Religious leaders who would take advantage of such laws are demonstrating a lack of confidence in what they teach. If they cannot defend their teachings and practices to their congregants, but must use force to evict one who questions them on a reasonable and scriptural basis, they are unsuited for a defense of the Faith. As well, they are sinning by taking a brother before the secular courts to protect their religious “rights.”

This doesn’t mean, however, that just because a teacher misstates something apart from an obvious heresy we have the freedom to call him down in front of the assembly. It would be best to first confront him in private, try to reason with him from Scripture on the areas that need correction, and then ask him to make a public retraction of his error.

When we fail to judge false teachings we are not being loving; we are being cowardly. We are leaving the sheep to be devoured by the adversary. All believers in Christ assume the role of a watchman. We all have the Holy Spirit who gives us the ability to discern truth from error. If we fail to warn the brethren of the error in their midst we are guilty of that same error, even if we disagree with it.

Ezekiel 3:17-21 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.

Those who have knowledge of evil but fail to warn the brethren are betraying them to the wolves to be devoured. This is especially true of the leaders within the assembly.
With all this, we must keep in mind the many Scriptures that warn against judging. All things must be in balance, based upon the Word of God and ministered by the Spirit of God. When we attempt to judge others by our own judgement we are guilty of hypocrisy.”

— Al Dager, The House Assembly, pg.151-153

 

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