178. Hiding Behind the Wall

“The other day,” Stan began, “we talked about Simon in the Book of Acts.”

“We did.” I replied.  “He is the source of the term ‘simony.’”

“That’s right,” Stan said, “and there is another point about him I would like to talk about this morning.”

“Let’s have it,” I responded.

“It seems to me,” Stan began, “that too often Christians let their preference for hiding behind the wall of not wanting to appear to be judgmental to win out over pointing out spiritual errors of others.”

“In the Book of Acts,” Stan continued. “Peter did not hesitate to tell Simon that Simon needed to repent and ask God for forgiveness.”

“The reason Peter did not hesitate was because he was certain that Simon was way off base in his relationship with God.”

Continuing, Stan said, “Peter did not say something like, ‘well, I don’t want to seem judgmental, but . . . .’  He came right out and told Simon how he was off base.”

“Seems to me,” I replied, “that you are talking about a fine line.”

“You’re right, my friend, it is a line, but it is not always a fine one.  Sometimes the line is so broad that it cannot be mistaken or ignored.”

“In those instances,” Stan continued, “it would clearly be wrong for me to hide behind the wall of not wanting to appear judgmental.”

“My view,” Stan continued, “is that pointing out a clear error is not being judgmental.”

He then added, “If the person doesn’t like it, he or she will just have to talk to God about it.”

“Peter’s role in this instance was to tell Simon the truth,” Stan continued, “and that, too, is my role.”

“It may just make a difference in a person’s eternal destination and his or her pursuit of knowing God on this side of eternity.”

Stan then concluded, “As I listen to God, He will guide me in coming out from behind the wall of not wanting to appear to be judgmental.”

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Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray the Lord that if possible, the intention of your heart may be forgiven you.  Acts of the Apostles 8:22.

Prayer:  Lord, thank you for the truth.  I need and I ask for your help in knowing when and how you want me to point out the truth to others.  Please, Lord, help me in being sensitive to your leading.  Help me to know when you are leading and when it is me leading myself.  Help me to know when and when not to speak.  Guide me in how you want to use me to make a difference in another person’s eternal destination and usefulness to you on this side of eternity.  Thank you that I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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