Who’s Fooling Who?
By Lance Landall
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Pointing out any error, often does not go down well,
But seldom has it ever, with those ones you need to tell.
However, just as troubling, is that those who wrong condemn,
Some say are just reflecting, something wrong that’s inside them.
Now, where would that place Jesus, given such a thing were
Or even His disciples, who pointed out error too?
What would this make of Scripture, instructing Christians strongly
To be bold in speaking out, should God’s Word be used wrongly?
Clearly, it’s another ploy, that the devil’s introduced,
To counter opposition to, error he has produced.
All part of a psychology, that’s just sprinkled with his lies,
That’s convinced so many folk, due to its religious guise.
Satan does not want the truth — that he’s trying hard to hide
To take root within those hearts, where God wants it to reside.
So he makes the one who’s right, appear as though they are wrong;
Something those who speak the truth, have sadly suffered, all along.
When we discredit others though, who rightly wrong condemn,
It’s something wrong inside us, we’re projecting on to them.
That’s the kind of foolish thing, some resisting spirits do,
When confronted with a truth, that’s different to their view.
Could it be that things they heard, had hit where God
Pointing out the kind of things, they did not want amended?
Was the source they heard it from, then foolishly rejected,
And the wrong within themselves, upon that source projected?
Such is how we fool ourselves, and just hurt the Christian
While the devil laughs at us, and then gives himself applause.
Trying to convince ourselves, that a wrong is really right,
Isn’t something we would do, if truly, walking in God’s light.
Yes, with some, it is the case, that what they’re saying, fits
But rightful pointing out of wrong, we should never condemn.
So, don’t treat one as the other, it just aids Satan’s game,
Because, within your thinking, he just wants them seen the same.
Don’t mistake the right in some, for wrongs within another,
But seek the light of Scripture, that helps falsehood uncover.
Keep an eye on what you’re told, and the ones who ought to know,
Lest they be the ones who plant, any seeds God would not grow.
It’s just a simple case, of addition or subtraction,
For they’re either adding light, or lessening, by infraction.
Either they’re improving things, or simply, making things worse,
Who you choose to listen to, will bring a blessing, or a curse.
The biblical challenge is not to avoid truth that is controversial, but to speak the truth in love. The Bible says blessed are the peace makers, not blessed are the peace keepers.
“Mortal, I have made you a sentinel [a watchman who warns of approaching dangers] for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from My mouth, you shall give them warning from Me. If I say to the wicked, “You shall surely die,” and you give them no warning, or speak to warn the wicked from their wicked way, in order to save their life, those wicked persons shall die for their iniquity; but their blood I will require at your hand [failure to utter the warning may result in their rushing headlong to destruction, hence their blood will be required at the watchman’s hand. God depends upon the co-operation of human beings in His work of salvation]. But if you warn the wicked, and they do not turn from their wickedness, or from their wicked way, they shall die for their iniquity; but you will have saved your life” (Ezek 3:17-19).
“I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day or night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silent” (Isa 62:6, KJV).
“Proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching” (2 Tim 4:2).
“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that every one who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work [as Christ’s followers we can not afford to be over sensitive or resistant to things we need to see, know, and act upon. Nor can we afford to be biased, closed-minded or comfortable]” (2 Tim 3:16,17).
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom…” (Col 3:16).
“Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him” (Luke 17:3, NKJV).
“Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others” (Phil 2:4).
“ ‘Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment’ ” (John 7:24).
“…‘If you continue in My word, you are truly My disciples; and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free’ ” (John 8:31,32).
“But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ” (Eph 4:15).
“ ‘If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault’ ” (Matt 18:15, RSV).
“But those who rebuke the wicked will have delight, and a good blessing will come upon them” (Prov 24:25, NKJV).
“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved” (1 Tim 2:10, KJV).
“Israel’s sentinels [spiritual leaders] are blind, they are all without knowledge; they are all silent dogs that cannot bark; dreaming, lying down, loving slumber [are asleep at their posts. Unaware of danger they fail to sound a warning]” (Isa 56:10).
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