Things Jesus Said — A Wake Up Call to the Church
He who has ears to hear, let him hear. (Mark 4:9, Mark 4:23, Matthew 11:15, Mathew 13:9)
Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. (Luke 13:5)
Whoever humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:4)
Go, and sin no more. (John 8:11)
Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have come not to abolish them, but to fulfill them. (Matthew 5:17)
If you love me, keep my commandments. (John 14:15)
My yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:30)
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. (Matthew 23:27-30)
The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move their finger. They do all their deeds to be seen by others. (Matthew 23:2-5)
What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and they defile a person. (Mark 7:20-23)
“For judgement I came into the world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say ‘we see,’ your guilt remains. (John 9:39-41)
The prophet Isaiah said, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.” (Isaiah 5:20)
Church, wake up!
Are your leaders teaching you to call evil evil? Are they calling for wickedness to be exposed? Are they calling for the wicked to repent? Are they laying heavy burdens on you from the traditions of men, rather than what God’s word says in context and in line with the character of God?
What is the character of God? What does the Bible say about God’s character? My current pastor advised me to read the Psalms and journal every verse that talks about who God is. It has been very helpful. Here is what has stood out to me: God hates wickedness.
Take a look at Psalm 7. God judges the people. He tests the minds and hearts. He saves the upright in heart. He is a righteous judge. He feels indignation every day. He aims deadly weapons against the unrepentant.
Are you aware of God’s anger toward wickedness? If you expose wickedness, do your leaders listen and call evil evil? Or are they whitewashed tombs who lay heavy burdens on you? Do they abuse scripture to justify looking the other way when sin is exposed? If you expose the heinous evildoing of another, do they turn the tables and place the burden on you to “remove the plank from your own eye”? Do they “level” the sin of others by comparing your heart to those who sin against you? Do they accuse you of gossip when you are blowing the whistle on wickedness? Do they threaten you to forgive by telling you it is your responsibility to forgive before God will forgive you?
God is angry at sin. Anger is an appropriate response to being sinned against. Anger is an appropriate response to injustice. Church people, wake up. Call evil evil. Expose the wickedness, and refuse to be shamed for doing so. I encourage you to not be ashamed of your anger at evil. When people are bullied by self righteous malignant narcissists in the church and in the home, it is wrong. And God hates it.
Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. (Romans 12:9)
Jesus told us his burden is light. Let us resist and refuse the heavy burdens of man’s traditions. Look at the character of God. Look at the words of Christ. See and hear!!!
This post was submitted to us by a new follower of our blog. The text has been slightly edited by Barb. I, Barb, want to apologize to the guest poster for not running the edited version past her before it was published. I simply can’t remember who submitted it! I’m very sorry; I’ve been so busy.