Neither do I condemn you

By: snowgood

Feb 17 2013

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Category: Christianity, Church, Gospel, Jesus, Life, Politics, Sin

2 Comments

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And once more he bent down and wrote on the

ground. But when they heard it they went away

one by one starting with the older ones.  And

Jesus was left alone with the woman standing

before him.  Jesus stood up and said to her,

“Woman, where are they?  Has no one

condemned you?  She said, “No one, Lord”.  

And Jesus said,”Neither do I condemn you;

go, and from now on sin no more.”

John 8: 8-11 ESV

The drama unfolds, and the supporting “cast” melt away.

All that’s left is a Rabbi and adulteress.

Jesus returns to his feet.

“Neither do I condemn you.”

Imagine the woman’s relief.

The challenge for those who follow Jesus is that we sometimes read the Gospels, and get confused.

We aim to follow Christ, but then make a dramatic leap and put ourselves in his place.

We judge and condemn, but this wasn’t His intention.

Paul taught us to root out sin within the congregation.

But outside “The Church” Jesus is calling sinners.

I can see a great worth in standing up for what the scriptures teach as we seek justice in this land.

By all means write to your M.P. and fight against the redefinition of marriage.

Or campaign against the marginalisation of  Christains in society.

What I can’t fathom is how any Christian can be so pompous as to condemn sinners, whether they be adulterers, thieves, or same sex couples.

Remember, we’re all of the same stock.

“For by grace you have been saved through

faith. And this is not of your own doing.  

It is the gift of God.

Ephesians 2:8 NEV

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2 comments on “Neither do I condemn you”

  1. Yes, we are all of the same stock, but some who once were sinners, are now saved through faith, claiming Jesus’ sacrifice for our sin on the cross. Yes, as the Apostle Paul states, “do not associate with a Brother” (fellow believer) who is sinning, and, “all scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). The word of God is ‘available’ for the admonishment of other Brothers and Sisters in Christ. However, scripture does condemn sin whether it be lying, drunkenness, homosexuality, etc. (1 Corinthians 9-11). Christians don’t condemn sinners, God’s word condemns sinners. I believe Christians have the responsibility to acknowledge sin and speak out against it (“By all means write to your M.P. and fight against the redefinition of marriage…”) by quoting scripture (the word of God!). Our acknowledgement of the presence of sin in this world comes from having our eyes opened to the existence of that sin by the Holy Spirit. I believe that once we are saved, God does not expect us to tippy-toe around sin, close our eyes to it, brush it off, laugh it off, nor accept it! John the Baptist confronted King Herod of his sin (Matthew 14: 1-13) and I believe we are to confront sin wherever we see it. The crux of the matter is that sinners don’t particularly care to be confronted with their sin, whether it be lying, stealing, abortion (murder disguised as ‘women’s rights), cheating, adultery, fornication, or especially in our current culture, homosexuality. And when evil is confronted with the truth of God, evil turns on and vilifies truth. Sinners really have nothing to fear from me, what they should fear is the wrath of God, as just as our God is a god of love, he is also a just God, and a just God must judge. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” (Matthew 3:2). Turn away from sin… Jesus is returning soon!

  2. Joy,
    I think you make several good points here -what I see as i read my on line Bible each day is one very notable sinner. Myself! I would say this more than anything would keep me from tacking “sinners” head on, and if we seek to draw people into “the KIngdom” we need to reach people where they are rather than berate them where they stand. I also believe we sometimes neglect the power of the Holy Spirit to alert and convict new converts to their sin. I have seen people distanced from the Church after conversion because folk are expected to jump from A to B in a moment rather than read God’s word and grow in the faith. That is tragic. So our approach may be different, but I guess we’re broadly in agreement – especially as we both still believe in a God of wrath. Yes, Jesus IS coming soon, most people don’t believe that either!


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