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The Language of Love

By Watchman | April 18, 2012

When I say unto the wicked, “You shall surely die,” and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.   Yet if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.  Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you did not give him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand.  Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man that the righteous should not sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; also you will have delivered your soul.  (Ezekiel 3:18-21)

…and when they had called for the apostles and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.  So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.  (Acts 5: 40-41)

     We have arrived at the day about which we were warned by the prophet Isaiah  when he wrote, “Woe to them that call evil good and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”  (Isaiah 5:20)  Don’t believe me?  Look around, and take note of what is happening around you.  Pay attention to what behaviors and lifestyles are being encouraged;  and what types of  language are being encouraged as born of love and tolerance, and which are condemned as hate speech.  Even many of the mainstream churches have so confused what is right and what is politically correct that they are no longer teaching the inerrant and undiluted word of the Lord, but have replaced Biblical doctrine with a feel-good, inoffensive social gospel that has little to do with the laws and commandments laid down by our righteous and holy God.  Brothers and sisters in Christ:  it is imperative that we understand the difference between the true language of love and that which is merely the language of pagan indifference to the word of God.

     Today’s definition of love requires us to accept as right the sins of homosexuality, promiscuity, abortion and blasphemy.  It requires that all people acknowledge,  not just that some people live with different belief systems or lifestyles from ours and have a Constitutional right to do so, but that these different belief systems are all equal in terms of morality and righteousness.  Those amongst us who speak out against these practices are labelled as “haters.”   Naturally, I cannot speak for everyone in the Christian community, but I can answer some of the questions involved from my own perspective.  Do I hate the sins of homosexuality, promiscuity, abortion and blasphemy?  Absolutely.  Do I hate those who practice homosexuality or are promiscuous, or have had an abortion or commit the sin of blasphemy?  I do not; indeed, I love them so much that I desire, just as my heavenly Father does, that they repent of their sins, be forgiven for them, and spend eternity in the presence of Christ!  I love them so much that I do not wish to see them spend an eternity  in hell regretting their life’s decisions and wishing someone had cared enough about them to tell them the truth about what God expects of us and what Jesus did for us that we might receive a redemption we cannot deserve or earn.  When I speak out against sexual sin, I am not exhibiting a desire for others to be shunned or harmed, but for those engaging in behaviors that God abhors to come to know the saving grace of our Lord Jesus.  When I speak out against abortion, I am not condemning women who have undergone one to a lifetime of shame and self-loathing, but showing them their sin so that they might get back onto the path of righteousness.  When I condemn blasphemy, I am pointing the way toward glorifying the Father.

     No chastisement that Christians offer to the unbeliever or to the back-slidden should be undertaken in anger or bitterness.  Christians must never use demeaning or degrading language when they are trying to convict the sinner of his/her sin.  As I have pointed out numerous times, unkindness is also a sin.  What we speak forth must be spoken in love and out of concern for those we are trying to reach.    This gets harder as our time to spread the gospel grows shorter:  the enemy, speaking through the unbelievers and those fearful of offending anyone with their beliefs, has no such restraint when attacking our point of view.  The language (which is now considered the language of tolerance and love) of those who oppose the spread of the laws of God tends to be aggressive, angry, sarcastic and humiliating.  To answer truthfully, mildly and lovingly is not easy, but we have the example of the apostles of Christ to follow.  When humiliated for the name of Christ, they rejoiced “that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.”  They were beaten, martyred, imprisoned, stoned and hated.   We too have to “count it for joy” when we suffer for righteousness’ sake.  We are true lovers when we tell others that when we were yet in our sins, Christ died for us.  We are true lovers when we attempt to show others that we can die to sin and have victory over unrighteousness through Jesus.  We are most truly loving when we declare to the atheist, to the Muslim, to the heathen, that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life:  the only means of approach to God the Father.   When my son was a little boy, I fed him good food–even when he wanted all sweets.  I didn’t give him what he wanted always, because it would have resulted in his ill-health, making me a bad parent.  By giving him what he needed rather than what he wanted, I was showing him love.  We show our love to others by introducing them to God–what they need, rather than what they might want.  Many times (maybe most times) it will make no difference–but at least the ones we have tried to influence for good will have been given a choice for salvation.  If they choose not to accept it, that is on them.  If we do not offer the choice, the result is on us as well.

Maranatha!

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One Response to “The Language of Love”

  1. Shirley Says:
    April 18th, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    A resounding AMEN! to this post, Watchman! As usual, it is timely and anointed. Thank you for “sounding the alarm”.

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