The Nature of False Teachers « Soulherbs

The Nature of False Teachers « Soulherbs.

 

I found another good blog and one of the first posts I read was about False Teachers.  Anyway, this post highlights another one of the ways in which my LDS neighbors’ beliefs are different from mine: they are based on false doctrine.  I’ll let Soulherbs take it from there.

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Does that include myself?

I’m just not feelin’ it lately.  I don’t know what my problem is.  I have a million ideas for blog posts these days, but I don’t think I could get away with any of them (they are all either preachy or potentially offensive).  I will just share what came up today during my daily Bible reading and hopefully it won’t turn anybody off.

1 Corinthians 5:11–But now I write to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of [Christian] brother if he is known to be guilty of immorality or greed, or is an idolater [whose soul is devoted to any object that usurps the place of God], or is a person with a foul tongue [railing, abusing, reviling, slandering], or is a drunkard or a swindler or a robber. [No] you must not so much as eat with such a person.

I could get into how these people (those who call themselves Christian, but don’t live it) really anger me, but I’ve done that before.  But instead, I’m going to approach it from a different direction.  You see, I read this list and think, “I might not be guilty of all of these things, but I am guilty of some of them.  Immorality, check.  Greed, check.  Idolatry, check.  Foul tongue, check.  Drunkard, check.  Swindler, check.  Robber, check.  Oh, I guess that’s all of them.  So, should I not eat with myself?”

Okay, admittedly I’m being a little harsh on myself.  At least the last three have not been an issue since I became a Christian.  The truth, though, is that I am still a sinner.  Paul goes on in this passage to say that we shouldn’t judge those outside the church (that is for God to do), but that we should judge those who claim to be Christians and should discipline them accordingly.

How, though, can we do this justly?  Jesus says that whatever measure we use, that is the measure that will be used against us.  What measure could I possibly use to judge other believers that would not make me a hypocrite?  The only just measure is God’s Word.  I cannot judge a person according to the world, nor can I judge them by each other.  The only perfect measure is Jesus Christ; and, let’s face it, next to Him we all fall short.

I feel like whenever I try to do this I am a total hypocrite.  I’m not perfect, so how can I expect anybody else to be?  How can I expect others to uphold God’s perfect standard in their lives when I can’t do so in my own?  Praise God that He died on the cross for me.  Otherwise, I would be headed straight for the lake of fire.

So, I guess there’s the question of the day: How do you live out this verse without seeming like a hypocrite?

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