A Response to “Idolaters Must Repent”

Here is a comment received on a blog post “Idolaters Must Repent” that I think would be fitting to deal with the same as a new blog post as opposed to just as an answer to the actual comment received. It will also help in explaining why this ministry exists, all to the Glory of God Alone.

Nonkululeko Mthembu commented on Idolaters Must Repent

I am believe in a Jesus Christ just to the clear… but i just want to know how far is too far in judging? Then where do put the boundary that very visible line dthat says now you have really made this person feel to imperfect for God.? Tell me where in hte bible does God specify a Church God judges us on sins far more then the ones you have outlined here stop targeting it really makes the Gospel look cheap.This week is Shembe next week now when you done targeting andthey feel evil enough right when do you page the bible i follow as well and speak about his love and grace?

Here is the response:

Dear Nonkululeko

Thank you for your comments. I will try best to answer your comment without misunderstanding the points you have made due to the content being fragmented in respect of the grammar and word omissions. I mention this to make sure I am not misunderstanding your comments in any way. I am thankful you have written to me in English.

Are you a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible? It would appear that you have defended the Shembe church with the statement: “This week is Shembe next week …” Do you believe that the Shembe church is right in their worship of Isaiah Shembe as the messiah of the African man? If you answer “yes” to this question, then you are an idolater according to God’s Word and not a Christian, nor are you a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth. To believe on Him, you will accept what His Word says. And He, Jesus the Christ (Messiah), said in John 14:6: “… I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

The main thread of your comments appears to be centred on when one should judge and the fine line of “now you have really made this person feel to[o] imperfect for God.” It is not our intention to make a person feel imperfect before God, but it is the Holy Spirit through His Word that will convict the person of transgressions and show them that they are sinners and imperfect. We merely speak the Truth in love showing what God requires from His Word. Scripture is very clear when it speaks of judgment. Firstly, when a believer uses Scripture it is not the believer who is judging the transgressor, it is the Word of God (Scripture) that is judging – therefore God is speaking. We are told in 2 Corinthians 13:5 that we are to:

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? (my emphasis underlining and in bold throughout)

The English word ‘reprobates’ is the Greek word: “G96 ἀδόκιμος adokimos ad-ok’-ee-mos From G1 (as a negative particle) and G1384; unapproved, that is, rejected; by implication worthless (literally or morally): – castaway, rejected, reprobate.” [“Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries” (e-Sword)] So, have you passed the test? Or are you unapproved, rejected, and worthless? To take the test of examining yourself against Scripture is actually having God judge you.

Secondly, we are told that:

16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. ~ 2 Timothy 3:16,17

When you use Scripture it is the Holy Spirit inspired Word of God that is teaching in righteousness. If God ordained that we live according to His holy, perfect and righteous standards and we are to be obedient to His Word, then listen to God speaking to you in His Word!

And thirdly, if a brother professes to know Jesus Christ, but transgresses in his ways, then listen to what the apostle Paul, the called and elect of God, has to say:

11But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. 12For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? 13But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person. ~ 1 Corinthians 5:11-13

The greatest love to be shown to man is the love of Christ. When Jesus speaks in the Gospels it is to warn of impending doom, hell and the wrath of God upon the transgressor of His Father’s commandments. To not make an earnest judgment of the wicked ways of men is to leave them to their own devises and let them walk the broad way to eternal hell and to experience the holy wrath of God against their evil and wicked sin. To warn a person of their idolatry – yes, even the worshipping of false gods and prophets – is showing Christ-like love, the agape love of God to that person. Mercy and grace is offered to the person in transgression by showing them from God’s Word that they are in a very dangerous place. If at any time I am in transgression of God’s commands and His Word, I would want someone to correct me and even openly rebuke me, if necessary, if I have publicly taught a heresy. If there is reason to do so, then do it in love and back it up with God’s Holy Scriptures, and not by Scripture-twisting to fit a false doctrine! For Scripture also tells us that:

5Open rebuke is better than secret love. 6Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. ~ Proverbs 27:5,6

I would rather receive a wound from a friend in this lifetime than to have my ears tickled and be kissed by an enemy that has no care for my soul. Judas Iscariot springs to mind! And so does that ol’ serpent, Satan the devil! If your house was on fire and your loved ones where in danger of being consumed by the fierce flames and I drove past on my way to meet you for a cup of coffee at a coffee-shop, would you think I cared about you, or them, if I never stopped to help at the tragedy. The last thing on my mind would be to keep our coffee appointment when people are perishing. Likewise, I cannot enjoy the comforts of this life while millions of people are on their way to an eternity in an unquenchable fiery Hell, to receive the wrath of God.

In ending, please read the following portion of Scripture and Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary which expounds upon this selected text:

8But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; 9Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; 11According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. 12And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; 13Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 14And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 15This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 16Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. 17Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen. ~ 1 Timothy 1:8-17

MHCC ~ vv 8-11 “Whatever tends to weaken love to God, or love to the brethren, tends to defeat the end of the commandment. The design of the gospel is answered, when sinners, through repentance towards God and faith in Jesus Christ, are brought to exercise Christian love. And as believers were righteous persons in God’s appointed way, the law was not against them. But unless we are made righteous by faith in Christ, really repenting and forsaking sin, we are yet under the curse of the law, even according to the gospel of the blessed God, and are unfit to share the holy happiness of heaven.”

vv 12-17 “The apostle knew that he would justly have perished, if the Lord had been extreme to mark what was amiss; and also if his grace and mercy had not been abundant to him when dead in sin, working faith and love to Christ in his heart. This is a faithful saying; these are true and faithful words, which may be depended on, That the Son of God came into the world, willingly and purposely to save sinners. No man, with Paul’s example before him, can question the love and power of Christ to save him, if he really desires to trust in him as the Son of God, who once died on the cross, and now reigns upon the throne of glory, to save all that come to God through him. Let us then admire and praise the grace of God our Saviour; and ascribe to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, three Persons in the unity of the Godhead, the glory of all done in, by, and for us.”

Now you be the judge of my intentions.

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