Some people do not believe in God. Many rejects Jesus as the Messiah because they cant find Him, when they look at us.
This week I have been under heavy attack accused of being to harsh on the Roman Catholic Church. I have been accused of hating Catholics, and the Church. My readers want me to implement the words of Jesus: «love one another». Truly we have to, but how do we find the best way of doing so?
One of the regular visitors on this site, said: «You are attacking, what do not deserve to be attacked».
Also I have to accept to stand the public trial. But first I need to examine my self, to investigate if I am with faith, or have gone astray. I also need to rejoice when I am persecuted for telling the truth. So this is a fine balancing act between right and wrong, the truth and lies.
The Word of God always has to be our guide to such an examination.
Let me do a quick check:
«So watch yourselves. If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him»
1 Timothy 5:20
«Those who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that the others may take warning».
My small daughter once came to me with eyes of a bimbo:
– Papa, you believe in Jesus, do you not?
«Yes I do»
My daughter smiled, and continued:
«Jesus, is good. Is he not»
«Yes my daughter»
«So you also have to be good to me?»
Now I understood that something fishy was in the pipeline:
«Yes, I have to».
So, you always have to say Yes, when I ask you about something?
Now it was my time to smile:
Now, the smile on my daughters face disappeared.
«Papa, you are not with Jesus!»
I requested my daughter to listen to me for some time:
«If I say «Yes» to something that would do you no good, it would be the opposite of love to approve it. Than my love for you would be based on falsehood»
I gave her a lot of examples, she finally understood, and the smile came back on her face.
I guess that is exactly what our Holy Father in Heaven is doing to us?
There can be no love outside the truth. Jesus is the truth. He is every Word of the Bible. To rebuke lies and errors, was very much an important part of the Ministry of my Master Jesus of Nazareth. Since I am His ambassador, I am called to tell people, even in public, when they approve or promote sin as the truth.
Now, we all run the risk of rebuking people based on our possible corrupt, twisted or faulty use of the scriptures. That is not what Jesus is telling us to do. He is the Word. Word by Word. Revealed to those who have accepted the Word, surrendered to Him, and received the Holy Ghost. Those of His faithful, who have tasted some of the bread of life, shall have in abundance. Thats a Biblical promise.
Paul even tells us to rebuke sinners in public. That seems to be a harsh way of rebuking people. But Paul is not talking about hidden personal sin. He speaks in plural. Sin of groups, even Churches and nations.
How do we rebuke a nation? We cant call it into our dining room, and talk to it?
How do we rebuke a Church who operates in public life? I guess we have to rebuke her in public?
The Papal System has to be rebuked in public. Because I love my Catholic sisters and brothers, I will continue doing so till my last breath. She is robbing people I love for their salvation, making them support a religious system that has falsified and twisted the truth. It holds no truth.