Here’s some honesty.
I purposely do not follow certain Christians on WordPress for one simple reason:
They make me feel like I’m not good enough.
There are a few categories that I follow, and I find many writings within these categories from individuals all over the world. Different interpretations of His Word. Different feelings of what the meaning is. Lots of personal opinions. Lots of hurtful justification. Many prideful theologians. Many perfect, beyond a shadow of a doubt, know-it-alls. You’d think that God Himself was speaking at times.
I really can’t stand reading that if one doesn’t do this, or this, or this, or this, one is not saved. I had a brief disagreement with a woman the other day, and she she said that since my belief differs from hers, then I differ from what His Word says. She used her own view to quickly conclude that I am not living a life of obedience. That I am a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Her choice of Scriptural content supposedly justified her factual opinion that pointed to me being a terrible person. Not saved, I suppose? The whole messaging conversation made me look like a complete failure, and it made her look like a righteous perfectionist. It truly amazes me that such people in the Body exist. Perfect people.
Here is some more honesty.
I’m not perfect, nor will I ever be.
I have been studying His Word for years, and I deeply understand and conclude seven simple facts:
1. No one is good
2. Only the Father is good
3. Jesus is the only way to be cleansed of sin
4. We are saved by His bloodshed
5. We have the Holy Spirit to lead us from sin
6. We, as individuals, do the best that we can
7. He loves us, because He sees Jesus in us
That’s how I see it. Yes, there is way more, but for anyone to go around telling others that they aren’t doing things right when we ALL FALL SHORT, is not something any of us should do. In fact, we should follow His example in the way that He said to…
Matthew 22:35-40 (NKJV)
35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Do your words that cut people in two really show the love that Jesus stated the Father commands from us? Do we have any right to do anything but show Scripture and let others work it out with the Lord themselves? Should we ever think that we really and truly know who He is, and think that we have a right to tell someone if they are saved?
Righteous we may be, through Christ. But, in no way are we righteous in our ways of talking down to other Christians for not seeing it our personal way. We will all stand before Him. I choose not to act as if I know Him entirely, or do I wish to tell others that they are not saved. The Lord knows the heart. Be nice to His children, and even those who don’t follow Him. Religion is sure not something I claim, but His way is what I strive for. Honestly, your damning opinion is not needed. I know where I’ve been, I’ve seen His sanctification within, and my life is His. Is your pride ever considered when you claim to be righteous?