For it is time for judgment to begin with God's household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 1 Peter 4:17
I am well aware that there are times when I’m speaking where it seems like I am mad at the church. I rant and rave about where I think we should be in regards to our great calling and where we actually are. I firmly believe that the church of Jesus Christ, in America, is compromised. I think, in many parts of the church, that we have sold our souls to the culture. I am quite certain that the culture we were sent to capture has in many ways captured us instead.
I think we are failing God, not only in the “Great Commission;” but even in walking out a faithful walk day by day. While it might very well appear that I am mad about all of this, I would describe my emotions in different terms. I would say that I am more hurt and disappointed rather than angry.
I am saddened by how easy it is for Christians to disregard God’s word simply because some parts of it are not comfortable and not popular to culture. We are so fearful of not being liked, popular, or politically correct that we have compromised the very thing we were called to hold dearest. Need I remind us all that Jesus warned of this day. He warned, many times in scripture, that we would not be liked if we held to the truths of His Word.
I believe we are facing the moments He warned of even now. So, if it seems like I am being a little hard on the church; I need for you to know that it is by design. So often people nowadays are terrified to make judgments or hold others accountable. While I am well aware that Jesus in Matthew 7 said for us not to judge, I don’t think He was talking about us making assessments of the church and her devotion to Jesus.
The judgment He speaks of in Matthew 7 was one where He called us not to be judge and jury about who would and wouldn’t make it to heaven. He was NOT talking about the church holding the church accountable. In fact, Peter reminds us in 1 Peter chapter 4 that judgment concerning our devotion must start FIRST in the household of God (the church). He actually wants us to assess ourselves in honest ways. We are called to hold one another accountable.
It is NOW time for some honest judgment in the house of God. If we see some of our brothers and sisters in error where it pertains to His Word, we need to call it like it is. Our reputation depends on it. His gospel is at stake and it is past time that we honored His word like it deserves to be honored!