Greetings Bros. & Sisters in Christ!
Lately I’ve been engaged in conversations, with family, friends, fellow Believers as well as non-Believers, in which some have become offended.
My intentions are not to offend or hurt anyone as I spread the message of the Cross or defend the Word of God; Jesus himself said “Offenses will come, and woe unto him through whom they come”….in other words if your motives are to hurt or offend….you’re in trouble because God knows the motives of our hearts!
However, looking in the Old Testament we find in Jeremiah the following:
Jeremiah 6:10: To whom can I speak and give warning? Who will listen to me? Their ears are closed[a]so they cannot hear. The word of the Lord is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it.
Many are offended because they refuse to acknowledge the Truth of God’s Word. We are warned throughout the old and new testaments of the rejection of God and His Word; you cannot separate the two because God is His Word! John 1:1 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God!
The enemy has so confused the minds of people in this world, that they can no longer distinguish evil from good; it’s a world of “NO ABSOLUTES, ANYTHING GOES, DO WHATEVER PLEASES YOU!”, so when Believers come speaking the Word of God, which is the ABSOLUTE TRUTH and does not change, then offense comes to those who are perishing; and trust when I say, many “Believers” are perishing.
Please believe, I have been where many of you are! I remember clearly when I knew nothing of God’s Word and was offended when anyone spoke biblically about fornication, drunkeness, lying, cheating, etc. because these are the things I did and saw no wrong in them and I loved the pleasures of the world! I remember clearly after being saved and baptized in 1997 how I began to grow in the Word of God to the point where I then became a judgmental Christian, a super saint if you will and I’m positive that I offended many.
Years later after going through the refining fire and being stripped by God, I finally began to see everything and everyone differently, seeing them as God sees them; no longer judging, but loving them with the love of Yeshua/Jesus Christ! The intents and purposes of my heart were no longer for my own self-interest but to glorify God only in all that I think and do and say.
When I speak against abortion, fornication/homosexuality, same-sex marriage and drunkenness among other things; it’s not to tear anyone down and it’s not because I’m homophobic, I’m absolutely not homophobic….but I speak out of a heart full of love and sincerely want everyone to turn away from sin and the ways of the world and follow Yeshua/Jesus Christ, so that you may enter the Kingdom of God and have Eternal life there.
If anyone reading this post has been offended by me for any reason other than speaking the Word of God in Spirit and in Truth, please forgive me; I realize that sometimes me and other Believers who desire to defend God’s Word or want only for the Word of God to grab you out of darkness, can sometimes seem harsh and judgmental, I assure you that is not the case.
To my brothers and sister in Christ who have become comfortable with the sin and ways of this world, so much so that even you are offended by God’s Word….repent and ask God to illuminate His Word and reveal His Truth so that you may walk as He commands us…IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH….and not walk in darkness!
1 Peter 2:9 – However, you are chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, people who belong to God. You were chosen to tell about the excellent qualities of God, who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Your Sister In Christ Jesus