I hope you don’t mind me lifting this from groupsects, Specks&planks, but I think what you’ve written here poses some excellent and pertinent questions, which should be faced by all Christians.
Here’s what you wrote:
In the last few weeks I have discovered so-called ‘Christians’ who were actually practising witches (in CCC) who were actually ‘praying’ against certain people within it’s walls. At first I treated them nicely, but when I visited another local church and asked what to do, they shrugged it off.
Next time I saw them, they purposely avoided me and so I pursued them and ended up sitting behind them. They realised that if they moved away, they may draw the gaze of people. So they purposely made me feel uncomfortable by ‘praying’ loudly just enough so I could hear. I realised then, that they weren’t speaking in Christian ‘tongues’ but felt them speak something else… they were reciting something over and over again. I felt they were chanting incantations or curses… Boy was I pissed off. I didn’t say anything because I assumed I would look ‘foolish’.
I’m sure you see the dilemma I’m facing here. Now you might see I’m fighting with myself over this article.
At work, the Muslims, who in one hand treat me nicely, are fully dedicated to their faith and pray against me/ pray curses on my life and other Christians. What do I do? Publically nothing. I would be a fool to make a scene. Or would I be living out wisdom but be seen as being foolish in the public’s eye alone? Once again – same dilemma.
A family who’ve been expelled from a practicing heretical/occultic church has been going to a close church I know. They have bought in their heretical teachings to the church (Oneness Pentecostalism), telling Christians (and targeting young Christians), that they are not saved unless they are baptised in the name of ‘Jesus’ and not the F/S/HS. People don’t know why they are doing it, but I do. Should I expose them? I think Jesus or Paul would.
Does love stand up for itself or for others or does it always turn the cheek?
To see a friend of mine who is forceful with their evangelism technique and actually scares someone into the kingdom (with sound doctrine), is amazing. You see their eyes open and hear them say ‘If I only knew Jesus when I was younger, then I wouldn’t have had to gone through hell alone’. To see genuine conversions (not using condemnation), but fear/reverence is impressive, powerful and amazing. It is like a boasting of God’s might and power and not some ego trip. But now we can’t say things that help others for the ’sake’ of offending?
That’s the equivalent of a doctor diagnosing a patient with the patients response being “How dare you say I’m sick!”.
While the whole western world fears offending Muslims, they have no problem trampling over Christians who do try to remain the salt of the earth. So if Muslims offend, tremble. If Christians offend, the world has no problem expressing anger and outrage.
Marija and RP, it is also fear that can bring a sinner to their knees. I never believed, until now, fear could actually lead people to salvation. I’ve heard from a few Christian friends who have led witches or occultists to the Lord actually use God’s power against them so that they may be humbled or full of fear, therefore giving their giving lives to the Lord. These people were shaking and crying, petrified how (in one case), one’s own curse was turned against themselves. He was going to die of his curse which he tried to cast on a Christian unless he repented and turned to God. It was God’s wrath, power and glory that bought a man fear. As a result, that fear saved him.
Like I said before, this pastor, I think didn’t speak out of wisdom. But unfortunately, what he did say did seem to fall a bit in line with the gospel message. If he gave them a Christian bible, would they complain just as loudly because of what it says about the state of the Jew and what they will go through later?
I hope people see where I am coming from with this…
Love you all.
Love you too! And I see where you’re coming from. If people who blatantly oppose the faith come into our assemblies, or target other Christians in our assemblies, how should we respond? When is love a correcting force, or a blanket which covers a multitude of sins?