T he following appeared as a post on a popular Christian website. It was submitted by a person who identified herself as a wife of fifteen years and a mother of three children. She thought it was wrong for Blow the Trumpet to be so judgmental of people who have different beliefs. Below is an excerpt of her post as well as our answer.
It is so disappointing to see people condemning and judging others who sincerely love the Lord. Why would you do such a thing? This is what the Pharisees did. The only thing this kind of legalism accomplishes is to drive people away from their Savior. Jesus loved the sinner. He never condemned them. God does not need you to do His dirty work for Him. Jesus teaches us that He wants His followers to love Him and He will do the rest. How we worship Him (whether with Christmas, Easter or going to church on Sunday) is our business. What makes you think it is yours? God looks at the heart and our hearts are good. It is your heart that you should question. I hope this doesn’t offend you but it is the truth.
Thank you very much for your post. We appreciate your comments and are not the least bit offended by them. We are sure you sincerely mean no offense. However, We at Blow the Trumpet would respectfully ask, that you consider the force, both the God of the Old Testament and the Christ of the New Testament used when confronting His people for believing that He could be worshipped using the traditions of men. There is no evidence that He ever tried to maintain the self-esteem of His people when He condemned their sin. His words were compelling and direct and are still a stern warning to all His children today.
In the Old Testament God leveled a blistering indictment against the children of Israel for holding His law (particularly His Sabbath) in contempt (see: Ezek. 20). Their great sin would ultimately cost them their freedom. With this in mind it is important to understand something. God did not punish Israel because He is some great “Bully in the Sky.” He did so because he knows the power of a lie. He has seen its affects on mankind first hand and He does not like what He sees. Every depravity man has ever perpetrated began with a lie. Satan himself is called “the father of lies.” Therefore, it should come as no surprise that God would have a “ZERO TOLERANCE” position when it comes to embracing false beliefs in His worship.
In the New Testament Jesus Christ indicted the religious leaders of His day, not because they kept the Sabbath but rather because they didn’t keep it. They added an endless collection of rules they regarded as having greater moral weight than God’s word. Imagine that! These well-intended religious men thought they knew better than God Himself when it came to His law.
This may be hard to believe but today man continues to make the same well-intended mistakes. He thinks he can decide for himself how he will worship his Creator. Consider just one of a score of examples: Christmas is the most popular holiday of the year. But is it really Christian? Every one of its symbols comes from paganism. This day is so filled with the trappings of a contaminated world that the Pilgrims actually fought to have the day outlawed. Furthermore, almost every reference book will expose this holiday for what it really is—PAGAN, not Christian. Tragically, this doesn’t seem to matter to the vast majority of “believers” today.
Finally, we would ask you to consider one last thing. When giving the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus warned that at the time of judgement, many who professed to believe in Him would find themselves being exiled from His Kingdom. Why? Because they worked lawlessness (Mt. 7:21-23). Our point is that just because something looks good doesn’t mean it is good. Mankind should have learned that lesson in the Garden of Eden.
In closing, we at Blow the trumpet want you to know that our website is not intended to judge (condemn) but rather spare man from being judged.
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