August 26, 2008

There is a big problem with “Doing what is right in the eyes”. As Proverbs 21:2 says Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts. (KJV)

That means what ever you do it is right in your eyes. It only makes sense because if you thought you were wrong you would surly change. Wouldn’t you?

Well, as a Christian, or anyone for that matter, we should be doing what is right in God’s eyes. We should always test what we think is right using the Bible as the standard of what is right in God’s eyes and if it isn’t right in God’s eyes we should change.

Do you think you are doing what is right in God’s eyes? How about testing a little of what you do and what you believe against the Bible.

First, do you believe that you should pay your taxes?

Well what does God say about paying taxes?

When asked about paying taxes Jesus said, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s” (Mat 22:21, Mark 12:17, & Luke 20:25). To not pay taxes should not even be a consideration as Caesar, or anyone that is owed taxes, already owns the money. It would be stealing from Caesar if taxes were withheld. It is really not a matter of if you think they are justified or fair.


So far you think that you are right because you do pay your taxes, but do you exalt those who would not pay taxes? Do you think it would be right in God’s eyes to make heroes out of those who would not pay taxes? Are the founding Fathers of these United States heroes in your eyes? Hummm


Romans 13:1&2 (NIV) says, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.” Do you make heroes of those who rebel, or rebelled against the authority that God established? Even in God’s house? Are the Founding Fathers heroes in your eyes?


So far you are not doing to good in this test, are you?


How about Democracy? Do you think it right in your eyes for men to choose their own leaders? Again I must refer to Romans 13:1 where the Bible says that God appoints the authorities, yet my brothers say, or usually imply that I should vote. Who am I to interfere with what God clearly says He does. I don’t know who God wants to be the authority and neither do you. Is it right in God’s eyes for men to choose their own leaders?


I could go on and on, but my point is what we are doing in this Country is not right in God’s eyes. You would agree if you would compare what you think about this form of government and what you are doing with the Bible as your standard, but you are right in your own eyes and therefore you have nothing to repent of. Hummm


August 21, 2008

(Mat 7:1&2 NIV)  “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.


This verse is quoted often by both Christians and nonbelievers. It is thought to mean do not say, or imply anyone else is wrong in what they say or do and if you think that they are then do nothing about it. It may come as a surprise, but that has to be an incorrect understanding of the verse.


First we are supposed to become like Jesus. He certainly pointed out the errors of others.


If that is too vague then consider 1 Cor 5&6. These two chapters clearly say that we should judge others: even angels. Paul had already judged the sexually immoral man in chapter 5 (5:3) and that man was to be turned over to Satan; not protected.


It is not possible to obey the instructions spelled out in chapter five without judging others. It is clear that it is other believers that we must judge and not unbelievers (5:12&13). Nonbelievers do not have the Spirit to guide them as we do. God will judge them because they would not turn to Him, which leaves the penalties of all of their other sins.


Could the common understanding of 7:1&2 come from Satan? If we follow that interpretation no one can be chastised for leading others astray. We can not be held responsible for not confronting someone; which is an unpleasant task. A priest can take advantage of a child to satisfy his sexual perversion and others say “Do not judge lest you be judged” and God is dishonored. Satan and his followers are the only ones who benefit from not speaking up when wrong is committed in the Church. The Church is disgraced and by implication so is God.


Jesus had zeal for his Fathers house, but we are too afraid or weak to speak up. There is no zeal here. If you think that you should be silent because you sin, then we all should be, because we all sin. If that were the case no one could speak up and 1 Cor 5&6 is nullified.


If you think that I am wrong I would be interested in how you reached that conclusion. Make no mistake; every man does what is right in his own eyes. The trick, if you want to call it that is to make what is right in God’s eyes the same as what is right in your eyes. Do you think that it is right in God’s eyes to let someone continue to preach in error without at least saying something about it? If someone says that you are wrong be very careful that your pride of what you think you know doesn’t keep you from considering you might really be wrong.


Because Mat 7:1&2 can not mean “do not determine others are wrong and take action against it” what do you think it means?