Summary: The Offender
Matt 7:15 "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. (NIV)
Life in itself is very difficult. As we our lives in and for Jesus, offences will and do come. It’s one thing to be attacked by an enemy because we expect that. What’s really hard is when an attack comes from within the "Church". A close friend or a relative, a brother or sister within our same belief system. We would expect someone that is not " Saved" to act or do something that in not right. And so when it does happen it takes us by surprise and even cause you to stumble or cause you great grief. How many know what I’m talking about?
Matt 24:10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.(NKJV)
So who are these so called offenders? How do we know how to identify them? What is their purpose? And how do we deal with them?
The bible says they come to you in sheeps clothing. They walk the walk, they talk the talk, and they have the same look. That’s why thier so hard to identify. Have you ever thought someone was your friend, not only to realize that they really were not as good as friend as you thought they were. I have!
First of all they come to you. They are the prophets that usally got it all going on. They talk alot and have a hit list they want everyone to know about. They know all the in’s and out’s in the church and they have been around awhile. They know everyone’s business and are very concerned about thier brother or sisters in the Lord and that’s why they are eagerly wanting to share thier business with you. They have a group of loyal disciples that pac together just like wolves.
When a brother or sister in the lord is in sin they enjoy this because it gives them licence to go and tell everyone. The way they do this is by saying. I have a great concern for sister sinner because she was caught in the act of adultry and I just wanted you to know that so that we can pray for her. The Scripture says inwardly they are ferocious wolves. They go and tell everyone except the person that is in sin. And so the inwardly motive for what they are doing is not out of concern, but out of a wicked heart, and they themselves are in sin and become the offender. Thier hearts are not that of redemptive spirit but that of the accuser. Satan is known as the accuser.
Rev 12:10 For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, (NIV)
If you have a issue with a brother go to him, with redemption in mind and deal with him or her on a one to one basis. Then if he still doesn’t listen, then get one or two from within the church and go to him and deal with him. The bible does not say go and tell everyone and expose this person and shame them so that they will never do this again. The offender, they become just like the Pharasiees in the book of John 8:3-4 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group
The Pharisees were very religious men and women. And they thought they were doing God a favor by bringing this woman and exposing her sin to the group, so that all could see her shamefull sin. They were right about the fact that she was in fact caught in the act of adultry. But thier motive for exposing her was wicked and not to bring this woman or person in a right relationship with God.