I’m probably going to get myself in trouble here again but after much prayer and some serious self examination, I seriously think that the OPINIONS stated below BY SOME PROFESSING CHRISTIANS needs to be honestly looked at.
When I study and read God’s Word and then peruse through a variety of Christian blogs, I inevitably encounter a relatively SMALL number of Christian bloggers who advocate one or more of the following generalizations THAT I SIMPLY CANNOT FIND BIBLICAL JUSTIFICATION FOR:
1. ALL organized churches are corrupt and as such, attending or being a member of an organized church is not only frowned upon but to do so implies you have bought into the corruption. THEIR personal decision to NOT attend any organized church is accordingly determined as being the ONLY appropriate option and it is subsequently articulated that ALL Christians should follow their determination. Key word here is “ALL”.
2. ALL CHRISTIANS should NOT be judging one another, that is the sole responsibility of the Holy Spirit. Rather, ALL Christians should focus solely on the positive attributes of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Key word here is “NOT”.
3. It is within the guidelines of New Testament biblical principles to predetermine that ALL members of a particular political party or organization cannot possibly be Christian and as such, one can be fully justified in rejecting their INDIVIDUAL opinions, as not being worthy of consideration or subsequent discussion. In other words, they are COLLECTIVELY outrightly rejected without the need for individual consideration. Key words here are “PREDETERMINED TOTAL REJECTION”.
4. The Christian’s mandate to spread or speak THE TRUTH, does NOT require that the Christian who is articulating THIS TRUTH, be polite, considerate and if at all possible, non-offensive. Rather, because this Christian has the TRUTH, it comes with the automatic authority and mandate to be free to accuse, insult and demean another Christian believer or non-believing human being. Key words here are “FREE TO”.
5. When potential questioning includes words such as “may be complicit” used in concert with derogatory attributes such as spreading untruths etc, one can automatically and justifiably assume that the “may be complicit” is a confirmed personal accusation and respond with immediate denial. Further “discussion” regarding possible infractions is not required and totally unnecessary. Key word here is “ASSUME”.
6. ALL Christians are essentially hypocritical and as such, their objections and/or questions can be regarded as hypocritical criticism, without need for rhetorical biblical justification. In other words, questions can be automatically deemed as criticism and subsequently dismissed as accusatory. Key words here are “AUTOMATICALLY DEEMED AS”.
Obviously I don’t agree with any of these determinations.
This particular scripture verse keeps coming up in my mind because it relates to all of the observed determinations above.
Note the guidance to always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.
Note the method to be used, exchanged dialogue, cloaked with gentleness and respect.
Note the “good behaviour” that is to be OUR standard.
Note that the slander is at THEIR end, not ours, should there be malicious discourse.
Questioning unbiblical determinations is not slander.
Questioning sin, within the church, the body of Christ, is not slander.
Questioning unbiblical predetermined collective rejection is not slander.
Questioning unbiblical justification for articulating the truth via malicious means is not slander.
Questioning that uses “tentative” vice “directly accusatory” language is not slander.
Questioning in itself is not necessarily criticism, it can be a request for the reason, the justification, and not slander.
High standards? Yes they are and I don’t know of too many, including myself, that has been able to consistently maintain all of them, but that is our goal and that is our standard.
When I error, I apologize in the public realm, so that it also is on the record. Sometimes my apology stands alone, sometimes it doesn’t. I’m responsible to the Lord, for me.
As always, I’m interested in your thoughts. I write these things because I think it matters.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!