This is a post with a purpose. I want to say that up front because the point I am about to make is meant to cause you irritation and annoyance if you are a Christian -- and hopefully cause you to represent Christ more clearly in your future. Read on.
I've been giving a lot of thought lately to my behavior in Utah among the Mormons, and how my wife's family (all Christians) reacted to my being blunt, loud, and forthright regarding Mormon's eternal destiny and their false (and damning) belief system. (all of this written in my last post -- Explosive Situations
) I have come to see this whole event in an entirely different light and it's caused me to ponder how all Christians act around heresy and cultism.
If someone were to call...
We talk a lot about how Christ is our "Friend", our "Lord", our "Master" -- have you ever given thought to Christ as your "Husband", and what it means for you to be His "Bride"? I know that some of you out there are not, and never have been, married. For those like you, just consider. But for the most of you, follow my line of reasoning here, cause it's most important on how you L-I-V-E your lives from this point on.
...my wife a whore, a harlot, a tramp, a slut....
What does it mean that Christ is my "Bride-groom"? Paul refers to this in Ephesians 5:25-28, 32 and John refers to it in the book of Revelation 19:5-9. Christ has betrothed himself to us, promised us that he would one day marry us to himself. This isn't a sexual thing, as marriage seems to be so much about today; this is a matter of special privilege, special honor. Christ gave himself up specifically so that we might be his own. Purchased by his blood, bought with a price as slaves sold to a master.
....would I show that I love her....
So we belong to Christ, he is our Master, our Savior, our Lord, our King, our protector, our keeper, our provider -- and our husband-to-be. We are called to be His; have you ever given thought to just what all this means in respect to your daily life? How you should act, react, respond and reply to others when they mock, slander and heretically teach lies in His name? I've noted that most American Christians will remain silence in order to "keep the peace" -- but is that the right course of action?
...if I remained silent?
Let me pull all this together now. If someone slanders my wife -- calls her a slut -- it is my duty, my responsibility, my obligation to defend and protect the honor of my wife. If I remain silent in such a situation, I don't show that I love my wife, on the contrary, I show that I don't love her and do not care about her honor. I have in fact turned my back on my wife -- and show myself to be no friend of hers. My silence is an acknowledgment of her accuser's statements.
Do you love Christ?
Do you remain silent when people slander Him, preach lies in His name?
Do you really love Christ?
Whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in Heaven. (Matthew 10:32; Luke 12:8)
Do you defend Christ's "Honor" against mockers, scorners, heretics or cults? Or do you remain silent and give them reason to believe they are right in their mocking, false teaching and their damning course of life? If Christ truly is our Master, and we hear our Master being spoken badly against; it is our duty as His servants to speak back against their lies. To set the matter straight and to tell the mockers the truth.
Do you speak the "Truth"?
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him. (John 3:36)
Christ didn't call himself "a way to truth", an avenue, a path among many paths. Christ called himself the very embodiment of
Truth and the only
way to know God (John 14:6). That means all other pathways presented are false if they reject, deny, or somehow twist/re-fashion Christ into something other than who He is (. All other pathways are roads to damnation. In my last post I listed out some of the heretical teachings of Mormonism and how they've twisted the Scriptures in order to re-fashion Christ in their own deluded manner. And yet Mormons want to call themselves "Christian" and be accepted in Christian circles.
Did you know that for years the Mormons have been trying to Get Dr. John MacArthur to speak at Brigham Young University? They are doing so because they realize to have him speak there gives them credibility in the eyes of other Christians, making them seem right and proper and as if they are one of the rest of "Christianity". MacArthur has bluntly stated to them time and again that he will only do so if he is allowed to speak directly against their heretical teaching -- something they don't want him to do, they just want him to talk about the Bible.
If I find myself in and among Mormons -- or Jehovah's Witnesses or Scientologists or name-your-cult-here -- I do them no favor by being silent and leaving them in their damning heresy. I also do my master, my lord, my savior no favor by watching His honor being tarnished by the lies and heresies these folks preach. Were I to remain silent, I would in effect be agreeing with them; I am in effect disowning Christ, whom I say I serve and love.
But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven. (Matthew 10:33)
But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. (Joshua 24:15 -- Joshua made this a very public statement and a direct affront to the idolatry of Israel; are you willing to be just as public and just as bold as him?)
So there it is: silence is not
golden. It is damning, it is demeaning, and it places you in the seat of the mockers and scorners if you do indeed say nothing.
But dedicate your lives to Christ as Lord. Always be ready to defend your confidence in God when anyone asks you to explain it. However, make your defense with gentleness and respect. (1 Peter 3:15) Have you ever been in a position to defend Christ's honor among those who would twist His teachings? How did you take advantage of that situation? What could you have done better? What would you do if you were among people whose teachings are heretical? Would you defend Christ's teachings or would you be silent?
Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers. (Psalm 1:1)
Answer a fool according to his folly,
or he will be wise in his own eyes. (Proverbs 26:6)
'Do not hate your brother in your heart. Correct your neighbor boldly when he does something wrong. Then you will not share his guilt. (Leviticus 19:17)