Monday, December 28, 2009

Name-Calling 101 -- posted by Momma

Over the past year I've really been able to see the profound fruit of years of daily Bible reading to the family. For example, after visiting a new church with a guest speaker, the kids piled into the van and even the little children were quoting verses that refuted the speaker's false testimony.

Here recently I was falsely accused of being in error because I am a name-caller. Like Jesus, the prophets, and various other believers in the Bible, I call sinners, well, sinners. That is a very spiritual practice as opposed to the false Church of the Polite. How unfortunate that so many church-goers are Biblical illiterates and yet they boldly accuse us of wrong-doing for obeying what Christ commands. The only name-calling that is forbidden is calling a fellow believer a fool, but we most surely are to boldly rebuke sinners by calling them what they are.

Fortunately, without prompting, the Word of God bubbled out of the children with examples of holy name-calling by Jesus and the saints such as: “hypocrites,” "fools," "child of hell," "serpents," "whited sepulchres," "generation of vipers," "adulterers," "murderers," "blind guides," "liars," "drunkards," etc.

Part of my testimony in Christ is that after praying "the sinner's prayer" in 5th grade while attending a Baptist school, I went on to try to convince myself that I had received the new birth even though I most certainly wasn't living a "holy and blameless life." I knew I wasn't really experiencing the Lord's promise in John 10 that his sheep hear his voice, and the voice of a stranger they will not follow. Well, maybe I said I heard him based on toasty good feelings I conjured up while so wanting to hear him.

There were many things I stumbled over in the scriptures, but I kept seeking truth. Thank God He brought someone across my path with the Holy Ghost guts to love me enough to offend me by pointing out that I was still on the list of those who SHALL NOT inherit the kingdom of God! Praise God, the eyes of my understanding were opened, and at 35 years old I was finally converted after spending so many years as an imposter!

Anyway, we have recently started having the children read the scriptures aloud in the morning instead of us always reading them to them. What a blessing to see the younger ones reading the Word to the older and vice versa! Even my mother who was never much of a Bible reader is up to two books a day! And Christmas Eve we all filled her bedroom where she is bedridden and we worshipped the Lord together and sang spiritual songs and it was absolutely a beautiful dream come true.

As for some of the lists I kept appearing on:

I Corinthians 6:9-11
9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Revelation 21:8
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Galatians 5:19-21
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Revelation 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.


Unknown said...

you were called a sinner in the 5th grade. you realized you needed Christ.

you were called a sinner at age 35. you realized you needed Christ.

how was your response different?

I believe I have more complicated questions than this. Will you allow such posts on your moderated blog?

The Allen Family said...

To answer your question, I realized at age 35 I had not yet repented of my sins or my sin nature. I was still dead in my sins and had not yet crucified myself to sin. I still made excuses for my sinning, defending it as something even born-again Christians are bound to do, even though the scriptures clearly state that with every temptation the Lord gives us a way of escape. I realized I had a serious problem if I didn't choose the way of escape provided, but rather invested myself in great scripture twisting to defend sinning.

When I read Jesus' words over and over that if we love him we'll obey him, I finally came to understand that I needed a NEW heart, one holy and blameless without spot or wrinkle! And when I told the Lord that forgiveness of sins just wasn't enough for me, and reminded him that he said he came to TAKE AWAY our sins, and that I would rather he take my life breath out of me if I was bound to sin against him while on this earth, that's when I got the new birth where old things pass away and all things become new. I gave up my right to my next sin because I didn't ever want to betray the Lord again by bowing down to his enemy. I would rather die.

I'm not interested in discussing doctrine to an anonymous poster in the comment section of our family blog, but if you'd like to introduce yourself through an email, and tell me what brought you to our blog, I might be willing to look at your questions. Otherwise, I'd advise you to seek the Lord and read the Bible while asking the Holy Spirit to bring you into ALL truth.