Matthew 7:2 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 scripture is one that is taken out of context more frequently
today than any other in the Bible. When a Christian opens his mouth to
speak out against someone's sins, this scripture is the one that is most
often thrown back in his face. The
sinner tries his best to silence the Christian by pointing the finger
back at him. Unfortunately, this tactic works all too often because the
Christian, knowing full well that he falls quite short of the glory of
God, is often shamed into silence. If the sinner is even a little more
knowledgeable concerning the Bible, he may send the final death blow
Mat 7:3-5 "Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
"Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' and behold, the log is in your own eye?
"You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you
will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye."
The well meaning Christian,believing he was doing the sinner a favor at
first, has now been beaten down into a quivering mass of guilt and
confusion. This my friends is a tactic of the enemy to cause Christians
everywhere to TOLERATE sin.
It is true that these scriptures
are about hypocrisy. If the Christian is PRACTICING (willfully
committing sin), then he has no grounds to point it out in another. If
the Christian has been cleansed from his sins, though he be not perfect,
but is PRACTICING his walk in righteousness, it is his duty to call
attention to sin when he sees it. Not saying that he is to look for it
under every rock, but it is the Christian duty to call others to
righteousness, saved or unsaved.
33:8-9 "When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked man, you will surely die,'
and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man
shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand.
"But if you on your part warn a wicked man to turn from his way and he
does not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity, but you have
delivered your life.
In Galatians chapter 2, Paul confronts Peter (Cephas) publicly about a sin he was committing.
1Cor 5:11 But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any
so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an
idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler--not even to eat
with such a one.
How far we have strayed from our Bibles as
Christians when the sinner who uses scripture to beat us over our heads
gets the upper hand.
It is obvious that Satan himself knows
scripture quite well when he used it to tempt Jesus in the wilderness.
However, Jesus knew it better, and he tuned it right back around on him.
2 Cor. 11:3 But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his
craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity
of devotion to Christ.
Stand firm against Satan's tricks.
Prayerfully read your Bible to learn how to refute twisted scriptures.
Let us not bear the guilt of TOLERATING.