Have Christians coddled one another to the point of eternal death? Have many gone to the grave destined to suffer eternal loss? And has the reason been, that no one confronted them in regard to the seriousness of rebellion?
let every man do what he knows the Gospel demands. If our brother displays a weakness that is inherent from his former life, then let us encourage him towards strength. Let us fill his mind with the promises of God for those who are faithful. Let us continually remind him of those who have gone before us through great sufferings. Let us strive to point out how trivial our sufferings of this day are, compared to that which is to come. By all means let us encourage such a one.
But let us make a distinction between weakness and rebellion! Is Christ in us not wise enough to make the distinction?
Coddle weakness in the hopes of overcoming. But confront rebellion for what it is! Even our unwillingness to distinguish between the two, is rebellion in itself. For God has promised us the gift of wisdom, given freely and without judgement.
We do well to point out rebellion as an abomination before the Living God. We do well to encourage such ones with Holy Terror. Let us bring a simlatude of the Judgement Day before their eyes. Let us help them perceive their destiny as eternal death.
We will most assuredly regret our fear of confrontation. Gather together the boldness of Christ that lays dormant within you. Strike out with confidence, and Christ will bless your way.
Jude said these things best. 22 “Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.”
But I must also add this. Do these things with the utmost of godly care. If the beam in your eye remains, you will not weild the wisdom of God with reliability. But if you are submissive to the will of God in Christ. If you have endured the purification offered by the Holy Spirit. If your own life begins to depict the righteousness of Christ. You have an obligation to apply these things.
The putrid reply of Cain is unacceptable. Yes we are our brothers keeper! Yes we will be held accountable the death of many. If you are not willing, then prepare yourself for the rebuke of God.
Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus.
By His Grace