Summary: A false gospel is damning and must be rejected! Watch out for false prophets... By their fruit you will recognize them.
Dakota Community Church
July 25, 2010
Tolerance – Part 3
We live in an age of tolerance.
An Issue of Definition
Tolerance has come to mean the acceptance of every viewpoint as equally true and valid.
True tolerance means treating with integrity dignity and humility a person whose opinion I consider to be untrue and invalid.
1. What about the “no judging” passages?
A.) You have to go to them privately.
B.) You have a log in your eye so how can you talk about the speck in theirs?
C.) We are not supposed to worry about these things until Jesus comes to deal with them.
1So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God. 2Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 3I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. 4My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. 5Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.
This is about not judging motives of men’s hearts.
We cannot judge these because we cannot know these – WE CANNOT!
Most of us feel that we can know the motives of another, say your spouse or child, the truth is we may guess correctly sometimes but only God truly knows the heart.
Most of us routinely judge what we cannot know, and refuse to judge what can know and SHOULD judge.
1. I am preaching a series in which I am correctly judging content of messages that can and should be judged – this is the only way to prevent being rebuked like the Church in Thyatira.
2. Some listeners are judging my motives for doing this saying I am just fearful and preaching what will make me feel right and safe; or in another case saying I am jealous and tearing down men who have greater followings than I do.
My motives (which cannot be known) are judged, while the judging of sermon content (which can be known) is protected from being judged.
This is how a church winds up with Jesus against them for their tolerance.
Remember from last week what Paul said about the motives of certain preachers.
The content is what matters – not the charisma of the speaker.
It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. 18But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.
But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!