Very Dangerous Mistakes Some Christians Make

Very Dangerous Mistakes Some Christians Make

Very Dangerous Mistakes Some Christians Make

Father God, help us to understand and believe your word in its entirety in Jesus name, Amen. It’s a good day the Lord made so we must rejoice and be glad in it. I hope you had a good week? Thank God for mercies.

I feel compelled to go back to a topic I had treated much earlier in the life of this ministry and talk about a trend I have noticed in this short “checkered pavement of my mortal existence” to borrow from my pastor’s phrase. This trend is dangerously dangerous. Just why do some Christians say they believe the bible in its entirety when in actual fact they do not? They say they believe that the Bible contains the infallible scriptures inspired by God. But the truth is, they do not. For the most part these are mere words, for actions speak louder than words.

In spite of the fact that deception is one of the major themes of the New Testament, with the words deceit, deceitful, deceitfully, deceitfulness, and deceive used over and over again, some Christians make some very grievous and obviously dangerous mistakes. Both Peter and Paul were very emphatic about the fact that wolves would come from the flock itself. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Acts 20:29-30 Yet, most Christians today, seem to think that heresy is something that only happens outside the church and they think “it can never happen in our church”.

  • The first mistake: Some Christians would rather believe that their ministers are infallible and that they cannot be fooled. They even assume as well that a whole congregation/denomination, even their own Church where they worship can never be deceived. They forget that the scriptures declare what the Spirit of God says in 1Timothy 4:1 “…that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils This scripture is directed at Christians. SOME, meaning some Christians “shall depart from the Faith” these are people who were originally in the church not outsiders.

Your pastor or whoever is your spiritual leader can be fooled; he is just another mortal being with the flesh of sin to contend with and it doesn’t matter how highly placed he is. Paul warns in 1Corinthians 10:12 “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fallJesus told His disciples saying “…Take heed that no man deceive you” Matthew 24:4. These are men who worked and walked directly with the Lord. He had to draw their attention to a very possible possibility, deception. Anybody can be fooled. Satan is the father of lies; “Ye are of your father the devil ….for he is a liar, and the father of itJohn 8:44 he has been on this planet thousands of years long before any one of us. Note, that scripture did not say father of liars but father of liesthat means he gave birth to falsehood. Lies and falsity are his offspring. He is the grand master of deceit.

Paul warns again in Colossians 2:8 saying “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ” You may get too engrossed in “ministry” devising ways and means to “improve your ministry” and in reality that may seem just in perfect sync. But stop, check it out. Where is the information coming from? Are the directives from the Spirit of God Himself or it’s just for the trinity of self, YOU, YOURSELF and YOURS. If the Lord has not sent you on that assignment, you are on your own. You’ve got to be 110% sure of it. It has to tally with the word Himself. It is possible that in the name of zeal you can run past your director –Jesus. Without Jesus “…ye can do nothing” John 15:5. Any endeavor outside of Him will be equals to zero, regardless the result. Satan can easily hijack the good work you started with the Lord and subtly turn it into stuff you never dreamt you could be involved in. In the name of zeal you could get into legalism and the ritualistic chambers of Moses or even become what I call “the Grand Master of Pentecostal Orthodoxy.”  These are New Testament believers who bring in the Old Testament practices mixed with the new, Faith and the Law- an abomination! It will take nothing short of the special Grace of God to bring you back home to the Lord. That is if you acknowledge you goofed in the first instance, for pride would have subtly set in to legitimize your current position and Pride is the ladder to the zenith of self deception which safeguards to the abyss of destruction. It was part of the reason Lucifer was thrown out of heaven. See Isaiah 14:12-15

The solution is simple. In Obadiah 1:3a, the scriptures record that “The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee…” it’s a heart thing as much as it is a knowledge thing for My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…) Hosea 4:6a That is why it pays to diligently “Study (the scriptures) to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” 2 Timothy 2:15 You must be informed, the responsibility is entirely on you.

The fact is you cannot know what is Biblically unsound unless you know what is Biblically sound. In other words, you have to know what the Scriptures teach, you have to know doctrine. It is strictly a one way traffic road when it comes to the things of God. There is simply no other way around it. You need to study the scriptures for yourself.

Subtle distortions of Biblical Christianity  has the ability to mess you up big time, because they have the ability to confuse or water down the gospel just enough to make it powerless. Faith in itself is not enough because faith is only as good as the object of that faith. Faith in itself does not save. It is faith in the true God of creation through Jesus Christ that does. I believe you already know that.

Unlike the early Berean Christians, whom the Apostle Paul called “noble” (possessing outstanding qualities) for checking out his words against Scripture These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so Acts 17:11,

Many Christians today tend to swallow anything and everything, taught or written, by anyone who comes along claiming to be a Christian hook, line, sinker and even the rod itself. Once they have a charismatic personality and claim to have died and seen heaven or hell, had a vision or prophecy from God, (whichever god) and happen to be the author of multiple books, it is almost a sure thing that hundreds of thousands of believers will put their faith in these men (not in God through Jesus) without once testing what they say against the Scriptures especially if the size of their congregation is large. But really, if size was anything to go by then we would have to conclude that every group that calls on whatever god, is also of God, Yea?

False doctrine is often masked behind charisma, and engaging personalities. And yes, it is true that most of these false teachers will rattle off Scriptures with such ease (that even the best engine lubricant will feel inadequate) these are scriptures that supposedly support their teachings and give them the appearance of Christian orthodoxy. However, they rarely realize that these quoted Biblical verses are usually taken way out of context and, in fact, do not say what is claimed. As a matter of fact, the verse in question, if read in context, will mean the exact opposite. But like the Israelites of old, we clamor for a king to rule over us Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us 1Sam 8:19, and, because of our own laziness, we rely on a go-between to tell us what God has said. This has created the high way for all kinds of heresies to crash in with such impunity.

It can never be over emphasized, you can be deceived. But we must learn to trust in the Lord and lean not on own understanding for it is His Grace and Grace alone that can keep us. Please,  let us all heed Paul’s warning in 1Corinthians 10:12 “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” and you must “Study (the scriptures) to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” 2 Timothy 2:15

If you make the mistake of believing that your leader is infallible, you believe his words above what the scriptures say then you are a goner.  So, you must learn to Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding” Proverbs 3:5 for it is His Grace and Grace alone that keeps us. We are warned “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1. The fact that he has been your leader all along does not mean he cannot make mistakes, he is still human. If the devil can temp the Lord Jesus who do you think your leader is that cannot be tempted?

We must heed Paul’s warning in 1Corinthians 10:12 “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” you can never “know it all” and no one is untouchable. So, you mustStudy (the scriptures) to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” 2Timothy 2:15
A lot of Christians are generally educated illiterates when it comes to the scriptures. We can be PhD holders in all kinds of fields but when it comes to the Bible, we generally choose to beat the snail’s lethargic mobility and become a bedmate to sloth. We eagerly and ignorantly swallow anything shoved down our throats for sound doctrine. We hear squawk laden, high tension emotionalism speeches and pass it for a “heavily anointed” message from the throne of Grace. (I wonder how messages get anointed instead of a person.) As a result, many Christians do not recognize heresy when it is introduced. That is because they are not properly grounded in scriptures. Nothing else messes up the people of God more than ignorance of His scriptures. Hosea 4:6a “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge…”

The authority of Scriptures in the life of the believer can never be superseded by anything else. Not by words of prophecy, signs and wonders, people’s experience, and definitely not by the endless programs or courses dished out by the church. Many of them have Christian terminology but are not scripturally sound.

The Second very dangerous mistake any Christian can make is to attribute every personal testimony and “sign or wonderto being of God or from God

Ordinarily, testimonies are simply relaying your personal experiences to the people. When it comes to that of a Christian, most times these experiences bypass intellectual defense or reasoning. No doubt they must have experienced something, I do not contest that. But for someone who is not well grounded in the scriptures, any such experience from wherever, is attributed to divine intervention. It becomes a part of their life because it happened to them, they experienced it. They sincerely believe it is divine even if it cannot be supported by the scriptures. Who or what in the world ever told you it can only be God?  Have you never heard or read from the scriptures that there is “…no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”  2 Corinthians 11:14. Haven’t you heard or read about how the Egyptian magicians duplicated the miracles Moses performed? From Exodus 7 Have you never heard or read about the miracles the seven sons of Sceva were performing? Acts 19 from verse 13, were they from God? What makes you think the devil has repented? The Unfortunate thing is, many people who won’t accept the authority of the Bible will listen to such fantastic and unscriptural personal stories especially if it is garnished with some form of mysticism.

And that, my people, is the problem. People are listening to and believing very incredible personal stories and experiences, whether or not they have any basis in the Scriptures, or even agree with them. As long as it is laced with some sort of mystical tone, to them, it is authentic. In other words, any fantastic personal testimony supersedes the authority of the scriptures. Without saying so, this is what they are doing as actions speak louder than words. I want to believe this is done unconsciously though. That is because they do not have the tool to dissect and scrutinize the whole thing. That tool is knowledge. They lack the knowledge of the scriptures. Regardless of that, it is inexcusable. That is why John tells us “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1John 4:1. How do you try the spirits? It is done only with the scriptures and you have to know it. The onus is on you.

Caution: No matter how fantastically supernatural a story or experience may sound, you MUST find out for yourself what the scriptures have to say on the issue. You are commanded to “TRY THE SPIRITS”. It is for your own good.

Jesus said, and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8

Witnesses to what? Young’s Literal Translation reads like this “and ye shall be witnesses to me. In other words, the disciples were to be witnesses of Him -Jesus.  What they have seen and heard from Him.

In William Burkitt’s “Notes on the New Testament” he records “Here, note what is the special work of the ministers of the gospel; namely, to bear witness unto Christ:  Ye shall be witnesses unto me. This they do three ways, (1) Christum praedicando; (2) secundum Christum vivendo; (3) propter Christum patiendo: “By the purity of their doctrine, by the piety of their lives, and by their patience under suffering respectively, both for Christ, and from Christ.”

This  is simply another way of expressing the ‘Great Commission’ in Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (teach…: or, make disciples, or Christians of all nations) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” They were to tell people about Him and make disciples by teaching people to observe all things the Lord had commanded.

Besides it was the disciples who were to be witnesses, simply because they were able to give eye witness testimony as to what they had seen for themselves, especially concerning the resurrection. It is supposed to be all about Jesus but instead we have personal testimonies that run for fifteen minutes for the testifier and fifteen seconds for the Lord and people will clap and shout hallelujah. I ask, should it be Personal Testimony or the Scriptures?

There are many examples of the apostles evangelizing, preaching, and teaching from the scriptures, and very infinitesimal number of them preaching or teaching based on their own personal experiences, or using their testimonies to persuade people. But even at that, they referred to Moses and the prophets for proof that their message was true.

And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures Acts 17:2

For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ. Acts 18:28

And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. Acts 28:23-24.

When Paul spoke of how he became a believer on the road to Damascus, he did so in the context of his defense when he was on trial, not when he was evangelizing. The Jews tried to kill him, and when the Romans intervened and gave him the opportunity to speak to the people, Paul said, “Brethren and fathers, hear ye the defense which I now make unto you Acts 22:1. Much of this defense consisted of his personal testimony of his experiences on the road to Damascus, and the events that followed. However, from the reaction of the crowd, it is clear that his testimony didn’t exactly win any one over. On the contrary they were of a mind to kill him. And they gave him audience unto this word; and they lifted up their voice, and said, Away with such a fellow from the earth: for it is not fit that he should live. Acts 22:22

For sure, Paul had an incredible experience on his journey to Damascus. He, and the original disciples, could have told many stories, and described many different and incredible experiences that took place during the time they spent with the Lord. However, while it seems reasonable to surmise (this is conjecture) that they did tell others of these events, it remains a fact, that they  made the Scriptures both the focus of their evidence, and final authority. Those that came to believe were persuaded, not by testimonies, or even signs and wonders, but by the apostles reasoning with them from the Scriptures, and showing how Jesus fulfilled the same.  In fact, even when Paul complemented the Bereans, it was because they checked out everything by the Scriptures. Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of the mind, examining the Scriptures daily, whether these things were so Acts 17:11
Many people have joined church groups of all kinds, cults of all kinds including Jehovah’s witnesses, Catholicism, Mormonism etc some, based on the efficacy of the leader’s prayers and how he performed signs and wonders, other were just born into it. That should make it evident that neither testimony nor miraculous signs can ever be the final evidence of the authenticity of one’s claims or beliefs, but tragically, it doesn’t.  

When Peter spoke about the Transfiguration, note his words… We have also a more sure word of prophecy 2 Peter 1:19 It is already written, very established.

Peter points his readers in the direction of the prophecies, which were reinforced by what the disciples saw and heard on the mountain. Peter states that it is the Scriptures that they would do well to heed, like unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn.”
One question: Are supernatural manifestations evidence that God is at work? The answer is simply an emphatic NO! One of the most subtle and dangerous mistakes made in the church is assuming that God must be present because miracles are performed. The Old Testament emphasizes not one, but two tests of a true prophet. The first one is usually misunderstood. Take time out to read what it says Deuteronomy 18:20-22.

However, one needs to read the words very carefully since, contrary to popular opinion, they do not teach us that any prophet whose words come true is a true prophet. The text only says that any prophet whose words do not come true is a false prophet.  Read what was said five chapter earlier in Deuteronomy 13:1-4.

While these verses clearly say signs and wonders could be the work of false prophets, they also give us the acid test of a true prophet, his adherence to scriptures. Jesus told us that workers of iniquity were able to prophesy, cast out demons and do “many mighty works” but, in the end, Jesus’ answer to them will be “I never knew you.”

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity Matthew 7:21-23

Miraculous signs were done by Jesus and His apostles, but they will also be done by the one “… whose coming is after the working of Satan

And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders 2Thessalonians 2:8-9

In the final days of this age, the beast will also be able to perform great signs, including making fire rain down from heaven, which will deceive men. Revelation 13:11-14

For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God AlmightyRevelation 16:14

The preaching of the gospel of salvation is one of the greatest stewardships a minister has today. But, there are those who call their message “the gospel”, yet they preach what scripture calls “another gospel” I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:6-8. So in summary, False prophets can perform miracles, and make prophecies that come true, but the final test of a true prophet is his adherence to the SCRIPTURES.

There was so much emphasis on spiritual gifts in the Corinthian church, than any other church of that time. Yet the Corinthian church was very immature and not spiritual, even carnal. In the second book of Corinthians, Paul warned them saying… But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him 2 Corinthians 11:3-4. We could go on and on about this but suffice it to say for now that the fact that there are fantastic testimonies, unbelievable miracles, wondrous wonders and “bull’s eye” prophetic utterances DOESN’T MEAN IT IS FROM THE GOD OF CREATION.

The big question: HOW DO YOU ESCAPE SUCH FALSE PREACHERS? Let’s see what Paul told Timothy. “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” 2Timothy 3:14-17

Timothy knew the scriptures from his childhood. Bottom line: there is no short cut to being galvanized against false teacher. YOU JUST MUST STUDY THE SCRIPTURES FOR YOURSELF …TO BE APPROVED UNTO GOD… 2 Timothy 2:15 Now, we continue.

Another dangerous mistake Christians make is saying Thou Shalt Not Judge!                         It is the 11th Commandment in their bible.
Many ignorant Christians fear daring to inquire into anything that comes wearing the cloak of Christianity and breathing the name of Jesus. They dare not examine the credentials of the latest prophet to hit their town lest they be guilty of rejecting something which may be of God. They timidly remember how the Pharisees refused to accept Christ when He came, and they do not want to be caught in the same snare, so they either reserve judgment or shut their eyes and accept everything without question. This is supposed to indicate a high degree of spirituality. But in sober fact it indicates no such thing. It may indeed be evidence of the absence of the Holy Spirit. Gullibility is not synonymous with spirituality. Faith is not a mental habit leading its possessor to open his mouth and swallow everything that has about it the color of the supernatural. Faith keeps its heart open to whatever is of God, and rejects everything that is not of God, however wonderful it may be. “…Try the spirits…” 1 John 4:1 is a command of the Holy Spirit to the Church. We may sin as certainly by approving the spurious as by rejecting the genuine. And the current habit of refusing to take sides is not the way to avoid the question. To appraise things with a heart of love and then to act on the results is an obligation resting upon every Christian in the world. And the more as we see the day approaching.” A. W. Tozer

What does it mean “to Judge”
Too many people believe that one has to accommodate whatever anyone else might believe – even if it contradicts the facts or makes absolutely no sense at all. If you dare claim that another person’s perceived truth is, in fact, wrong, you are accused of being intolerant and judgmental.  What does it mean to “judge”?

Merriam Webster’s dictionary says it is

A          to form an opinion about through careful weighing of evidence and testing of premises

B          to determine or pronounce after inquiry and deliberation

C          to form an estimate or evaluation of

So, in other words, when you are told not to judge, that means you should not consider and evaluate the evidence. Does that make any sense? How then are we to arrive at a sensible conclusion regarding what we are to believe, or which path we are to follow? Your guess is as good as mine.

Can you imagine somebody walking into a courtroom and quoting Matthew 7:1 (…Judge not, that ye be not judged…) to the man or woman on the bench. His job is to judge, based solely on the evidence presented.

The Greek word translated Judge in Matthew 7:1 is the word krino, (pronounced kree’-no ) it means to distinguish, i.e. decide (mentally or judicially); by implication, to try, condemn, punish:–avenge, conclude, damn, decree, determine, esteem, think, call in question, judge etc.

Regardless of what some of us are quick to say, we make judgments every single day of our lives, very often on the surface level of what to wear, the taste of food, how to behave etc. We also often make judgments based on a person’s political or religious views and lifestyle. Poor judgment is almost always closely connected with ignorance, a lack of understanding and insufficient thought and deliberation given to a matter. I call this unconscious hypocrisy for in fact, that is what it is, hypocrisy. You say “don’t Judge” but you do it all the time. If we are wise, we make our decisions based on a careful evaluation of the evidence we gather. Yet, very often we hear one person telling another “judge not”

The truth is, there is nowhere the scriptures condemns judging in general, but it points out that certain types of judging are wrong.

The First Kind of “Wrong Judging” Is To Judge Hypocritically.
The fact is,“Judge not, that ye be not judged” Matthew 7:1 is not a standalone statement. It has been terribly yanked out from its context. Let’s read the context in full and allow the Lord complete His thought AND His sentence.

“Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:1-5

As you can see, Jesus wasn’t saying, or even implying, that we should never make judgments about anyone, at any time. In fact just a couple of verses later Jesus Himself called certain people “dogs” and “swine”  “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine…” Matthew 7:6, and “wolves in sheep’s clothing” “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves“ Matthew 7:15. How did He arrive at that conclusion if He did not “consider and evaluate the evidence?” What He is doing is instructing us not to judge hypocritically. We must first “…cast the beam out of our own eye…” so we can see better to remove the mote from our brother’s eye.

Jesus wasn’t saying, or even implying, that we should never make judgments about anyone, at all.  In Matthew 7:6 He called some people “dogs” and “swine”. If that was the case what example would He have been setting? He said…  “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine…” Matthew 7:6, and “wolves in sheep’s clothing” “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves Matthew 7:15. How did He arrive at that conclusion if He did not “consider and evaluate the evidence?” The Lord was instructing us not to judge hypocritically. We must first “…cast the beam out of our own eye…” Matthew 7:5 so we can see better to remove the mote from our brother’s eye.

Notice: Jesus never said do not remove the mote out of your brother’s eye but rather He said first examine yourself in case you have worse problems than the ones you so readily identify in the other person. We have to first cast the beam out of our own eye, so that we can “see clearly” to help remove the speck from another’s eye. Beams are bigger than specks. All of which clearly indicates that the other person does have a problem that needs to be taken care of. His own speck does need removing.

The Greek word translated CAST in this Matthew 7:6 is the word ekballo (pronounced ek-bal’-lo) meaning to eject (literally or figuratively) drive out, expel, thrust out etc.

 The Merriam – Webster’s dictionary defines those four words in bold alike. As “to throw out especially by physical force” EJECT carries an especially strong implication of throwing or thrusting out from within as a physical action. FORCE is violent, it is not gentle nor is it hidden when it occurs. In other words consider and evaluate the evidence in your life first and if there is any issue, have zero tolerance in dealing with it yourself. That means, do all you can to forcefully eject it first, so you could be in a better position to do the same for your brother.

Wrong Judging” Type 2. Judging According To Appearances
Remember Jesus’ words to the Pharisees in John 7:24? “Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” That means you can judge but it MUST be the righteous type.

A similar warning is given by James to the church against judging according to status or wealth e.g. material possession. “For if there come into your synagogue a man with a gold ring, in fine clothing, and there come in also a poor man in vile clothing; and ye have regard to him that weareth the fine clothing, and say, Sit thou here in a good place; and ye say to the poor man, Stand thou there, or sit under my footstool; Do ye not make distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?“ James 2:2-4

We are all at different levels of relationship with the Lord. You cannot use your level as a yardstick. It MUST be the scriptures and nothing else. Even at that, what may be permissible by God for brother “A” may be totally forbidden for brother “B” He deals with you according to the measure of Faith and Grace you have received. “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt (Greek for dealt –merizo, (pronounced mer-id’-zo)meaning literally to apportion, bestow, share, or distribute) to every man the measure of faith Romans 12:3 “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ” Ephesians 4:7 So, if God allows an individual that “laxity” for them to have time to grow into maturity, who do you think you are to cut them down? You did not die for them, the Lord did. How do you know they are not maximizing their Faith and Grace to please God at that time? In fact, Paul in the book of Romans quarries… “Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.”  Romans 14:4. They are sons of God and answerable to God and God alone. You cannot expect the same behavioral pattern of a ten year old child from a toddler so you CANNOT belabor any Christian with a burden their master never gave them. That will not be fair judgment, in other words it is not righteous judgment. Spiritual gifts have been given to members of the body to teach all believers  “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” Ephesians 4:13 You should JUDGE RIGHTEOUSLY

“Wrong Judging” Type 3 Is To Judge On Matters Of “Secondary Importance”.
Romans 14 has some verses on this (14:1) “But him that is weak in faith receive ye, yet not for decision of scruples. (Verse 4) Who art thou that judgest the servant of another? to his own lord he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be made to stand; for the Lord hath power to make him stand… (Verse 10) But thou, why dost thou judge thy brother? or thou again, why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment-seat of God. (Verse 13) Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge ye this rather, (righteous judgment) that no man put a stumbling block in his brother’s way, or an occasion of falling

A careful reading of the context indicates that Paul was trying to settle some difficult and delicate questions that arose between the Jews and Gentiles about food and the observance of particular days. Particularly concerning whether it was lawful to eat meat offered in sacrifice to idols; (Verse 2) whether days of fasting were to be observed (Verses. 5-6) And whether some certain animals were clean or unclean (V. 14).

People were judging each other over these issues, and Paul points out that neither fasting nor eating were of any consequence, provided it is done conscientiously, and with a desire to glorify God (Verse. 6). And that no meat in itself is unclean but it becomes unclean if the person concerned believes it is (V.14).

In other words, their faith consists of more important matters than these kinds of more ‘secondary issues’, and they should not judge each other on these matters.  (Verse 17-18) Isn’t that typical of some of us today? We are quick to point at sisters in trousers or sisters with their head uncovered and pass them for anything but who they really are, children of the Most High God. May God help us to adjust as we willingly submit to Him in Jesus name, Amen.

In Romans 14 People were judging each other over issues of holidays, food etc. and Paul points out that neither fasting nor eating were of any consequence, provided it is done conscientiously, and with a desire to glorify God (Verse. 6). And that no meat in itself is unclean but it becomes unclean if the person concerned believes it is (V.14).

I went on to tell you that it was their faith that was more important than mere “secondary issues” and they should not judge each other on these matters.  (Verse 17-18) I pointed out that some Christians knock at sisters in trousers or sisters with their hair uncovered or brothers wearing caps in Church and pass them for anything else but who they really are, children of the Most High God. Don’t forget, “…whatsoever is not of faith is sin”.  V. 23b

The truth is, some people are more aware of heresies than others. When they read or hear something they can easily discern if it is Scripture or not. How is that? It’s because they have studied and understood scriptures. They know the difference because they have “considered and evaluated the evidence” They judged it and so must talk. Right from the Old Testament days there have always been watchmen appointed by the Lord. In the book of Ezekiel, we read…

“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 thy hand. Ezekiel 3:17-18. See Ezekiel 33:6 as well

If we agree that God never changes, what makes you think He has stopped appointing watchmen and holding them accountable today?

In fact, Scriptures commanded various people, at various times, to reprove, rebuke, and to earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints. Jude 1:3. When you hear or read something that is unscriptural, in love, you are to speak strongly and even harshly against it without mincing words, for their own good. It could be honest ignorance. Now, that is love. It becomes a different thing when they hear but refuse to accept. I strongly believe it is the height of both stupidity and gross absurdity when you choose to remain silent “for peace sake”. The scriptures tell us that Open rebuke is better than secret love.”  Proverbs 27:5

Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines the word “REBUKE” as, to criticize sharply. The Hebrew word is towkechah, (pronounced to-kay-khaw’) simply means chastisement.  You do no chastise in silence do you? I will give you a few scriptures and you JUDGE for yourself.

Timothy wrote “Preach the word; be urgent in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching” 2 Timothy 4:2

Jude wrote “Beloved, while I was giving all diligence to write unto you of our common salvation, I was constrained to write unto you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered unto the saints.” Jude 1:3. The word Contend is the Greek word epagonizomai, (pronounced ep-ag-o-nid’-zom-ahee) means “to struggle for” you don’t struggle with ease do you?

Now Titus…, “These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no man despise thee” Titus 2:15 “For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake. One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, (not gently) that they may be sound in the faith” Titus 1:10-13

Jesus quarried “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” Matthew 12:34. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.”  Matthew 23:27 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” Matthew 23:33. You can be sure and bet your life on it that the Lord is the best example to follow. Eyeball to eyeball, He told them who they really were because He “considered and evaluated the evidence” and arrived at a decision. That is nothing but Judgment.

Paul: In practically every letter he wrote, he issued strong warnings against error. Notice how often he too without mincing words names the people concerned and used strong words (in bold). “holding faith and a good conscience; which some having thrust from them made shipwreck concerning the faith: of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I delivered unto Satan, that they might be taught not to blaspheme” 1Timothy 1:19-20

“…for Demas forsook me, having loved this present world, and went to Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia” 2 Timothy. 4:10. He boldly called their names. “Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the concision” Philippians 3:2 Dogs, evil doers? If that is not strong I wonder what else could be.

“I marvel that ye are so quickly removing from him that called you in the grace of Christ unto a different gospel; which is not another gospel only there are some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach unto you any gospel other than that which we preached unto you, let him be anathema” (cursed, excommunicated). Galatians 1:6-8 Why? Because he “considered and evaluated the evidence”

Stephen, before he was stoned to death, called the people betrayers and murderers. “Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.” Acts 7:51-53
Have you ever taken time to read the book of second Peter? He devoted the entire second chapter to “false prophets” again without mincing words. He calls their teaching “damnable heresies” 2 Peter 2:1 “…their pernicious ways… 2 Peter. 2:2 using the same Greek word in both instances. The word is apoleia, (Pronounced ap-o’-li-a) meaning ‘ruin, loss or waste’. Peter further calls them. “Daring, self-willed” who despise dominion and are not afraid to “rail at dignities” Vs. 10 he calls them “…natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed…” (Vs.12a) “spots and blemishes” (Vs. 13) “children of cursing” (Vs. 14) “springs without water, and mists driven by a storm; for whom the blackness of darkness hath been reserved” (Vs. 17)

Deciding whether or not people are abiding by true doctrine involves comparing what they preach and teach with what scriptures say. In other words, you must “consider and evaluate the evidence” to judge what is right and what is wrong. You have to make informed decisions.

John the beloved said: “Beloved, every spirit believe not, but prove (Greek- dokimazo pronounced dok-im-ad’-zo. The word means to test, discern, examine or try) the spirits, if of God they are, because many false prophets have gone forth to the world” 1 John 4:1 If judging others is unchristian how do you explain the following scriptures? For what applied to the early Church still applies to us today.

John the Baptist said to King Herod: It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother’s wife.”  Mark 6:18 (At this point, John was still under the old dispensation. Note the words in BOLD)

The Apostle Paul: “But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.” Galatians 2:11. He judged the situation.

“Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.” 1Thessalonians 5:14

“And if any man obeyeth not our word by this epistle, note that man, that ye have no company with him, to the end that he may be ashamed” 2Thessalonians 3:14

A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject. Titus 3:10-

Can you be any blunter? This is Paul, he could not have made such statements without “considering and evaluating the evidence” first, that is Judging! The scriptures say, you can judge but it must be the righteous kind. John 7:24. You are a Christian, you must judge like your Father God- Righteously. Romans 2:5, 2Thessalonians 1:5.

Christian ministries do not arbitrarily decide that a certain preacher or teacher is wrong just because they happen to think so, but because they have made informed judgments based on evidence. They have “considered and evaluated the evidence”

Did you know “Judging” or discernment is one of the Gifts of The Holy Spirit? When you talk about the “diversities of gifts” given by the Holy Spirit, Paul wrote “…To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues…” 1Corinthians 12:10

The Greek word translated into the English as discerning in that verse is the word diakrisis,  (pronounced dee-ak’-ree-sis ) which is derived from another Greek word diakrino. Strong’s Hebrew and Greek lexicon defines diakrino as to separate thoroughly, discern, doubt, oppose, to discriminate, judge”.  In addition, diakrino is made up of two other Greek words…dia which means “through, by reason of”, and krino which means distinguish, judge, determine.

In other words, one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is the ability to judge or determine between two things as to which is right and which is wrong. Therefore “discernment of spirits” involves being able to distinguish between people or practices that serve the cause of the Lord Jesus Christ, and those that serve other spirits. In short, the Holy Spirit helps you to Judge Righteously.

Judging is actually a vital part of the Christian arsenal. It serves as a defensive weapon which helps prevent people from being “… tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive” Ephesians 4:14. A judgment that protects God’s people by pointing out and warning them of the camouflaged imminent danger of outright falsehood is an absolute necessity for the Church.
In Conclusion, there are several other very dangerous mistakes Christians make that I will deal with over time on this platform. But to recap, I started with warning you against believing that your ministers are infallible and that they cannot be fooled and even assuming as well that a whole denomination can never be deceived. I pointed out to you what the scriptures declare in 1Timothy 4:1 “…that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils if ever you thought for a moment that you cannot be deceived, it is nothing short of a devilish concoction of the figment of your imagination. YOU, YOUR LEADER AND EVEN THE WHOLE CONGREGATION CAN BE DECEIVED! You can only be galvanized against such if you dedicate time to “Study (the scriptures) to shew thyself approved unto God…” 2 Timothy 2:15

The Second very dangerous mistake I pointed out is to attribute every personal testimony and “sign or wonderto being of God or from God. I showed you how the devil duplicated Moses’ miracles in Egypt. And scriptures warn that “…Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light” 2 Corinthians 11:14. The scriptures command “…believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1John 4:1. Regardless how heavenly testimonies sounds, how fantastic miracles appear, TRY THE SPIRIT!

Another dangerous mistake Christians make is saying Thou Shalt Not Judge! It has become the “11th Commandment” in their bible.
Who told you that? Gullibility is not synonymous with spirituality. If anything, being a Christian qualifies you to Judge. It just must be a righteous one. Remember Jesus’ words to the Pharisees in John 7:24? “Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” That tells you, you can judge.  Check out these scriptures:
“For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within 1Corinthians 5:12 You are to Judge a fellow believer not the unbeliever

REBUKE THEM: “…rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith” Titus 1:13 Do not mince words in scolding them; it might even sound rude but call a spade a spade in love.

REJECT THEM: “A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition rejectTitus 3:10 why so? Because “open rebuke is better than secrete love” Proverbs 27:5

TURN AWAY FROM THEM: “…Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” 2Timothy 3:5 Shun such a person.

RECEIVE THEM NOT: “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds” 2 John 1:10-11 It is a serious matter. So it is written, so it must be obeyed.

God bless you

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