Kind of a curious discussion in the previous thread about watching your mouth.
The subject was red pills, dalrockians, and assorted far right Christian cultian bloggers, who not only treat people poorly, they aren’t even teaching rightly. RichardP is kind of making an attempt to defend them as we see here,
“You are going to come face to face with me at the Judgement Seat says God on his blog. Here are the things you must do if you want me to say to you “well done, thou good and faithful servant”. That is a standard that cannot be compromised by alternative points of view.”
First off, the Lord I know is so confident, self assured, and all powerful, He is in no way compromised by alternative points of view. God is not afraid of us in any way. We cannot “compromise Him,” we lack that kind of power. Can you even imagine? That’s like an ant saying, yesterday I said or thought something so awful the Creater of the universe Himself was compromised. Uh, no.
We can be just as wrongheaded as we want and I suspect God just kind of pats us on the head and says, “that’s nice dear, but you’re going to really hurt yourself thinking that way.”
Second of all, we need to get back into our bibles if we believe God’s love is conditional and based on our works and behavior. He does indeed say, “Here are the things you must do,” and those things are, “believe in me.” Believe in me, trust in me, put your faith in me. We are saved by nothing but the blood of Christ. When we fully receive His love and grace, our own behavior just begins to fall into place and our actions will just start to reflect Him.
It is mysterious and wonderful.
One of my favorite things in the bible is the tale of the woman with the perfume. I’m not sure why we so often miss that, but it’s a tale that is apparently so important Jesus Himself declares, “Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” Took me a while to understand “why?” Why does Jesus think this woman surrendering herself, giving all she has, and annointing Him with oil, is so important that, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, her story shall be told too?
It’s because her story is the very heart and spirit of the gospel, the very fragrance if you will, because “Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”
Jesus also says, “Unless I wash you, you have no part in me.”
The woman with the perfume is reflecting the grace, mercy, and forgiveness that she herself has received and it overflows and shows in her bold annointing of Jesus himself. Grace is very reflective, if you love much, it’s because you have been loved much.
The judgement seat of Jesus Christ is not some obscure day way in the future, it is also in the here and now, right now, present tense. So if you are a fear based, anxiety ridden, control freak, a bully condemning others, and nurturing people’s bitterness and hatred, you are sitting before the judgement seat of Christ, being judged yourself. The God of wrath and condemnation you are preaching is also the God you are facing yourself, right now, and you are being judged. Not other people, you.
So I stated, “There’s a kind of a test in there, like how secure are you in your beliefs, how spiritually mature are you, and can you handle people’s doubts and questions? That’s the mark of a powerful Christian, one confident in their beliefs, because they don’t have a fear based, anxiety ridden response.”
An insecure, frightened cultian, is always going to flee from having their beliefs challenged, and is going to smite and try to erase anyone who questions them. That’s a huge red flag that you’re probably dealing with the “gospel of a man” and not the gospel of our Lord and Savior.
I’m going to just double down on that comment and I hope I’ve offered a good explanation for why I think that is so important. Keep in mind I’m not talking about trolls here, drive by commenters, or people keeping their blogs tidy. A blog is kind of like a home, you’re allowed to lock the doors or keep the riff raff out of your living room as you see fit. Nor am I speaking of simple disagreements. We all squabble with our siblings sometimes.
I speak of a much larger issue, those who are speaking out His word, but it is not safe in their mouth, because clearly Jesus is not safe in their heart. “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks,” and if your mouth is speaking fear, judgement, and condemnation, that’s what’s living inside of YOU.
Jesus Christ is not the great accuser, that’s the other guy.
Many people don’t understand why I cling so fiercely to the woman with the perfume, why I insist that even when she isn’t being preached outright, I’m going to still need to smell her fragrance in the room somewhere. Those are Jesus’ words, not mine, and He clearly said, “Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”