As the teachers of the Law threw the woman before Jesus’ feet to see what He’d do, I always imagined Jesus going back to the ground and drawing a line in front of himself, separating the pharisees from himself and the woman. I’d then picture Him saying the classic line: “He who is without sin, cast the first stone.”
Essentially we were called to judge her actions.
Well another fine line is still drawn today. When does the bride become the harlot? Should stones be cast at those caught in adultery today? More importantly, how do we know when a church becomes the harlot through their continual error or sin? The recent events of the Brisbane Christian Fellowship raises concern for all of us in the body of Christ. Whether we like it or not, the article on Four Corners last night would have indeed tarnished peoples views. That being the church is all about power and corruption (I’m stereotyping I know!).
I would like to think that the church has an ear for those individuals who have been abused , but this is too often not the case anymore. It seems like individuals don’t have power to be heard by the powers that abuse.
Is there something, we, as believers can accomplish what definitely defines a harlot church and what defines the bride church?
A few articles ago, we discovered that no one agreed that the covering doctrine was biblical. Is this a safe way to determine a church is a harlot church or bride church through ONE doctrinal issue or error? I’m not sure. But one would then have to ask how many false doctrines must need be preached before a specific church switches from it’s bride status to harlot status. Some controversial doctrines include the word/faith doctrine, prosperity doctrine, ‘ye are gods’ doctrine, covering doctrine, anointing doctrine, oneness doctrine, baptismal doctrine, tithing doctrine, etc.
Thinking bigger than life, should the universal church call together a global or online church meeting to judge what makes a ‘church ministry’ harlot or bride?
What would you call the limit in labeling a ministry a harlot ministry? How many false doctrines does it take to label and separate a harlot church from the true church. And which minor false doctrines should be ignored, (if any)… And what bold ministry is brave enough to throw the first stone at another man’s ministry?
It is clear that some churches and ministers are starting to whore after the spirit of this age. The imagery of the whore continually spoken about in the Old Testament was a women that was after centered desires and pleasure. What is the difference between the people of God then and the people of God now? Don’t we have the same type of false prophet prophesying false things that make us feel goods?
Aren’t we bowing to the Ashtera’s in the magazines we read? Or the Baal’s on television that enspire us to be powerful, influential and sexual? Aren’t we as bad as the world by bringing these Baal’s and Ashtera’s into the church under the guise it’s Jesus? Judgment is coming – but do we have the right to judge? Are we involved in this judgment?
Is God drawing the line so the church may judge correctly? Or are we drawing the line ourself and playing God? I don’t know. I hope we can discuss some of these questions here.
Consider the speck. Consider the plank.