Judge or truth teller?
I have a friend who said they were a Christian but, after talking to them, I "noticed" that they were stuck in perpetual sin. Caring for this person, I called them out on their sin. Warning them that they were walking a dangerous path and playing with fire.
To which they replied, "I worry that you're too judgy". Why do those in darkness hate to be exposed to the light (truth)? And why do they downplay their sin and HATE me (never wanting to talk to me again) for simply pointing it out? Is this simply fulfilling what is written in Matthew 10:22?
I thought we were meant to take up our cross daily and follow Jesus Christ? Luke 9:23.
The word Christian is a follower of Christ. Before making a decision, do you think of it; what would Jesus do in this situation?
A Christian should think about his life and behavior, so that he can give witness in his life and not in words.
I believe that we are all sinners, unfortunately. However, to be a good Christian, for me, means to be a good person no matter what. I believe that we should always do our best not to make injustices and treat others (animals and humans) with respect and consideration.
I also believe that you are a good person.
The opinions of people do not determine who a genuine Christian is that finally is up to God
When it comes to using the name Christian it was coined by man and is just a nickname from those who were not of the faith. But it became accepted in the Word of God. We become real Christians went we have truly repented of our sins and when we truly love God and our nieghbours as ourselves. Nobody will enter the Kingdom of God who does not love God
We are genuine Christian when we reject the self with all its confidence, knowledge and ways including the larger world and its all ways (i.e the old man) and put on (appropriate) Christ the savior (the new man). "Christ"ians= those that put off self and put on Christ (Rom 13:14)
Christians are not called to run away from the world but to overcome it and expose it for what it is like Jesus did (John 16:33, John 15:24, John 3:20). The natural man lives in two extremes. On one extreme, we find the worldly natural man who is "wholly" given to to worldly pleasures and delights. On the the other extreme, we find the religious natural man who is wholly given to "self" righteousness, formation of good habits, isolation from the world (living in purdahs and monasteries) and neglecting the body and its lusts. What then is the difference between Christians and the worldly man? The difference between the Church and the world is its attitude towards eating and drinking....
Many consider Christianity to be a religion, an ideology, or a philosophy. Some relate it to a national identity, where a majority of citizens subscribes to its moral ethics. Theologians widely agree that Christ’s intent was to model a right relationship with God, revealing grace, & unconditional love. Christ’s main contention with religious leaders is their hypocrisy. “Woe to you, scribes & Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land & sea to win one proselyte, & when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves” – Mt. 23:15. “What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, & lose his own soul?” – Mt. 8:36. Introduction to religion or moral correctness that results in an approved behavior merely establishes self-righteousness. True Christianity accepts & celebrates Christ’s Righteousness EXCLUSIVELY, which has been appropriated to them by virtue of His sacrificial death. Spiritual birth (being 'born again') makes one a Christian.
Hello friend, I was drawn to your questions and so decided to pop in for a moment. Always open it up with prayer first. A person may see inconsistencies in our behavior but not know how to broach the subject while they are discovering their own issues. Then, to be called out on a sinful behavior while they may see something in us? Well, Mat 7:3-5 comes to mind. My experience has taught me that you always begin with the truth statement, "I love you." You then focus on the right behavior in circumstances and not so much on the warnings. Warnings have a history of failure in causing people to change their ways all throughout the Bible and are typically linked to a judgment. However, truth in love which focuses on the right behavior because you love them and want what is best for them because God wants what is best for His children, is truly the key. All you do is point to the way out of sinful behavior that God has already faithfully provided, 1 Cor 10:13. Simply help 'm back to the path.
The Pharisees accused Jesus of disobeying the Sabbath because they were in the flesh, living by their own standards, and pretending to be what they are not. They were self righteous and did not repent of their own sins and evil hearts. The standard of God is perfect love and we all fall short. That is why we need the forgiveness that comes through Jesus. People don't want to repent so they create their own religious works and standards. That is a cult. People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. Love is the greatest. Does your life show that you have been changed by God's love?
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