Be more like Jesus? Which epithet do you prefer?

How many of you are tired of hearing “I thought you were Christian? Doesn’t Jesus say to love everybody?” Or, “You’re being a bad Christian for saying xxxx”. The ones who have never read the Bible for more than cherry-picking things they’ve been told upholds their position have no idea what the Bible actually says about confronting evil.

Jesus never said not to call evil out, in fact, he did just the opposite.

Matthew 21:12-13 – And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons.
Matthew 21:13 – He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.”

Yes, he called them thieves!

Jesus called the Scribes and Pharisees “fools, hypocrites, unmarked graves, blind guides, whited sepulchers, brood of vipers” and many such epithets. Jesus called them “hypocrites” seven times in one chapter.

Do any of you really believe Jesus was talking about farm animals when He said not to cast pearls or give what is holy to “the dogs and pigs?”

Jesus referred to the recalcitrant Jewish leaders as, “an evil and adulterous generation,” “serpents and snakes,” and “children of the devil.” Speaking to the scribes and Pharisees, Jesus gave them a message for King Herod: “Go ye, and tell that fox…

You would be hard pressed to find even one instance in the Bible where Jesus condoned sin. Every time He was asked a question by the “hypocrites”, He answered defiantly and offensively, rather than defensively. He wanted to make sure people knew that their sin was intolerable in the sight of God-not that their sin was okay because God loved them anyway.

So, the next time someone calls you a “fake” Christian or accuses you of not living, to the best of your ability, like Christ, refer them to the Book of Matthew and ask which epithet they prefer.

Evil is evil, and wrong is wrong. The only thing being “PC” has done is to white-wash sin. Calling something by a different name does not change the thing itself. A sin is still a sin, no matter what you want to call it.

~Ky

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12 thoughts on “Be more like Jesus? Which epithet do you prefer?

  1. I feel like everyone who uses this passage has no idea the context and how it applies. Who is Christ calling out? Is it sinners or is it those who call themselves religious? Christ is calling out the church of the time. Read all passages that Christ is actually interacting with sinners and see how he treats them and keep the context. How Christ treats sinners, we should treat sinners. How Christ treats the people who are part of the church, we should treat people of the church. Taking the Bible out of context does not prove your point, it undermines it.

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    • What, exactly, is a sinner? Has not every person sinned? Is a muslim part of a “church”? Is Westboro a “church”? Jesus said what you’re preaching is wrong, and it’s evil. He never condoned sin, only repentant sinners.

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      • I’m not a preacher. And did the woman at the well repent? We don’t know. Yet Christ stepped in to defend and save her. Why? It doesn’t matter what they do, but who we are (and He is).
        As far as the church is concerned, I’m sorry i made an assumption that you were talking about Christianity. Those involved in a covenant with the God of Abraham is part of the church. Those outside of such a covenant are simply sinners as we all are. I thought this was pretty basic. As is what a sinner is. Which you know. So, let’s leave the condescending questions.

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      • I SHOULD HAVE SAID I didnt mean to be condescending and I apologize.
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        I didnt mean to be condescending. My point was that you can call yourself a Christian, or a Muslim, or an Atheist, or nothing at all, but that doesnt change the sin(ner). The only thing that saves from sin is Christ. Yes, He saved her life, but He did not condone her sin. Never do we see Him condone sin, the only thing we ever see Him do is condemn the sin and love the repentant sinner.

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      • As I grew up in the Christian church and school we often refer to those outside the church simply as sinners. Which I’m sure you know. Those within are of course still sinners but we tend to refer to them as Christians as now we are not only known for our sin, but for our redemption.
        Correct if I’m wrong, but you’re post is implying that we should be calling out sin and of course sinners by extension because Christ called out the church’s sinners? This is making a misapplication of Scripture. Those who choose to be bound by a covenant with God are held to a higher standard by Christ. We never see him aggressively call out anyone but those who have made such a commitment. We see him gently guiding those who are outside of such a commitment (sinners). He never calls the woman out, in fact he says that he does not condemn her. He simply tells her go and sin no more. He never condemned anyone outside of the covenant. And to keep biblical context, neither should we. Well, if we strive to be like Christ. Condemning those who are part of the covenant is likewise important. If we choose to be Christ-like again. That is why you see that statement being made so much. Because of the hurt and harm the church (well defined by now, yes?) has caused to those who have yet to enter into the covenant. Thus making themselves a stumbling block to their salvation.

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      • Perhaps you’ve heard this one. John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”

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    • They are two separate incidents, yes. The woman at the well seems to have been amazed by Jesus and then had her village sit to listen to Him. I could be wrong, but that sounds to me like she had a “come to Jesus” moment. =)
      Sorry, without looking at the previous comment I think I replied with the wrong example.

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  2. Actually, what I’m saying is that Christians should not condone sin. Calling a sin by another name doesnt change the sin itself. Christ died for each of us – independently and collectively. It is up to each person to turn to Him, or not. PC is not Christ-like, in my opinion. It is whitewashing sin, and there is no wash other than the blood of Christ that can wipe your slate clean. The only way to curb a sin is to acknowledge that it is, in fact, a sin, and then repent and turn it over to Christ. May God bless you sacred, and I sincerely hope that He will turn His attention back to our country and bless us again!

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