Thursday, April 28th, 2011
Christian Scribes & Pharisees (Part 2)
There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?
James 4:12 (NKJV)
Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye?
Matthew 7:4 (NKJV)
Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned.
Luke 6:37 (NKJV)
'Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand' (Romans 14:4).
'So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, 'He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first' ' (John 8:7).
Undeniably, the biggest problem with born-again Christians in the eyes of the lost, the prodigals, and the rest of humanity is this one: the big bad 'J.' God knew it would be our chief challenge--other than Satan himself. That's why He gave us abundant warnings.
This 'J' does not stand for Jesus. It does not stand for 'Jews by Adoption.' Nor does it stand for justice.
The 'J' that most outsiders associate with Christianity is 'judgment.' They fear its churches are judgment halls--based on words and behaviors they witness. Some of them are.
Strangers don't feel welcome. The poor, lonely, and unattractive don't fit in. Prodigals fly by and laugh.
More harm has been done to the cause of Christ by those calling themselves Christians than all the atheists, agnostics, and other religions of the world put together.
'And why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not the things which I say?' (Luke 6:45).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Christian Scribes & Pharisees series.