Curious. One gets the strong impression these days that one is criminalized, called self righteous, or otherwise demonized – even by other Christians – because one does not use foul language, drink alcohol, smoke, do drugs, sleep around, embrace or condone an anything goes lifestyle, have a life driven by one dark drama after another, etc. It’s a world where it is socially and politically incorrect to say, “I love Jesus” out loud! Who cares?
Just because someone actually lives within divinely powerful freedom from these things (and more) – the freedom wherewith Christ has set us free – does not necessarily make that person a hypocrite, judgmental, or a hater.
Sure, there are those people who are outwardly pious, Bible toting, Bible thumping, rotten to the core within, and hiding behind a religious veneer. I get that. They need to be saved too!
However, in any number of cases, some of us actually have been delivered from the dark side and one or more of these behaviors by a powerful experience of the Lord Jesus Christ, having crossed over from the kingdom of darkness into His kingdom of light by a powerful intervention of the Holy Spirit. This major deliverance brings such a sense of joy and liberation that we want only to follow Jesus in committed and consistent discipleship all our days. There is no longer any desire or inclination to participate again in the unfruitful works of darkness.
Yes, I get it the He was one to “hang out” with sinners, but it was with a view to revealing to them the reality of the Kingdom of Heaven, that they no longer have to live under the power of darkness, and that they could be set free. He wasn’t hanging around them just to go to a trendy event among the outcasts and infamous. And He wasn’t hanging for them on the cross, just so they / we could remain in sin and talk the antinomian pseudo gospel that stops at mental belief with no life changes.
After all, “being saved” is a real event in a life, not just a belief. It’s where a “believer” becomes a “receiver” of the powerful life transforming Love of God in Christ Jesus! He also sends the Holy Spirit to be with us and within us to see the job through for the rest of our life – our complete transformation. “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.” (John 14:15-17)
It’s an old fashioned message that He came to call sinners to repentance, yet one that may be getting lost, not only because of the subtle or not so subtle deceptions of New Age infiltration into the churches, but by a watered down Gospel that does not take into account the power of the Holy Spirit, and thus does not present a complete picture of salvation.
We also hear from so many people who are crying out, “Don’t judge us!” But it seems to be the outcry from the camp of individuals who are already judged as they manifest a life still lost and clearly outside the power of the Living God. This is reminiscent of the demons crying out in Jesus powerful presence, echoing Matthew 8:29 – “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”
So, we’re being judged for the good that God has wrought in us and accused of self righteousness, and because the Holy Spirit is within us, we hear the almost continual droning, “Please don’t judge us!”, when we’re not doing that either!
Where’s that coming from? How do you spell “accuser”?! Go figure.
Let’s try to keep our heads above this flood of accusations! After all, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
May we overcome the accuser (and his mouthpieces) by the blood of the Lamb, by the word of our testimony; and by not loving our lives unto the death. (Revelation 12:11)