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    Ephesians 4:29-32 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
    29 Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be ablessing and give [impart] grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it.
    30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [do not offend or vex or sadden Him], by Whom you were sealed (marked, branded as God’s own, secured) for the day of redemption (of final deliverance through Christ from evil and the consequences of sin).
    31 Let all bitterness and indignation and wrath (passion, rage, bad temper) and resentment (anger, animosity) and quarreling (brawling, clamor, contention) and slander (evil-speaking, abusive or blasphemous language) be banished from you, with all malice (spite, ill will, or baseness of any kind).
    32 And become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tenderhearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted), forgiving one another [readily and freely], as God in Christ forgave you.
    Are we, as Christians, given permission from God, to speak evil of dignitaries? Clearly, this is not so but forbidden. Yet, we do. Are we, as Christians, given permission from God, to point out the flaws and errors of others including ministers? Clearly, this is not so but forbidden. We ARE to judge the ‘fruit’ and if the fruit is bad, avoid it but to turn and speak or warn others about this one or that one’s ‘bad fruit’, it is strictly forbidden. If love covers a multitude of sin, then why does it not cover the poor doctrine or failures of leaders and ministers as well?

    In verse 31 above, It speaks about “evil-speaking”. The Amplified Bible speaks of this as ‘slander’ (evil-speaking, abusive or blasphemous language). Evil-speaking is speaking evil about someone and whether what is being said is true or not, if you speak to point out their error to others, are you not also aligning yourself with the accuser of the brethren who accuse the brethren day and night?

    If what you say is NOT working to build up another’s faith, to encourage them towards obedience to the Holy Spirit’s voice, to God’s revealed Word so that they may grow in grace, then perhaps it is time to refuse to speak at all. There is NO JUSTIFICATION to speak evil of another or to uncover their sin. The two eldest sons of Noah refused to look upon the nakedness of their father after their youngest brother chose to uncover his nakedness and tell them about it. Their love and respect for their father caused them to not even WANT to look or gawk at his nakedness. Sure he got drunk but this was no reason to dishonor him. They COVERED his nakedness by their love for him.

    Before we think we have the right to EXPOSE what we consider false doctrines of another, we are called to FORGIVE them. If you forgive them, how is it you continue to JUDGE them as being less worthy than yourselves. Let him who has never erred cast the first stone. We all miss it at one point or another in our lives and yet, God did not strike us down. What He did was to have much love and patience with us UNTIL we learned better. Shouldn’t we too show our love for those we deem as in error, forgive them as Christ forgave us, and pray for them so that God will open their eyes and their hearts?

    Moses was one whose failure to uphold God’s authority caused the death of many. Exodus 17 shows that the Amalekites, the enemies of Israel, attacked them from behind. Moses had Joshua choose some men to fight against them and then went up to the top of a nearby mountain to hold up the rod representing God’s authority over his own head. After a period of time, his arms grew weary and he let down that rod and as a result, the battle went against Joshua and his men. Lives were lost. Instead of taking that rod away from Moses, the two men with him did not choose to disqualify Moses but realized that what he actually needed was to rest and still hold up that rod of God’s authority above his own head. They brought Moses to a rock to rest (Jesus is OUR Rock to rest on). Then they held up his arms (intercession/prayer) until the battle was won by Joshua.

    Today, many in the church would have criticized Moses and probably would have demanded he step down as a leader for his failure and weakness which caused to loss of life of others. Today, many in the church would have disqualified Moses and stepped in to take his place. The problem with this is that God had CHOSEN Moses for this task. He did not chose another. We are NOT the ones to decide who God has anointed and whether we have the right to launch criticisms or judgments agains them because of their error. God has anointed them and if they failed in that anointing and pursued after worldly recognition or worldly goods/wealth, it is STILL not our place to judge them. King Saul was anointed of God to be king over Israel but he failed in that through his constant disobedience to God and the pride in his heart. Yet, the next anointed king over Israel, refused to lift up his hand against “God’s anointed”. If God sets up a man and anoints him to do thus and such, and this man is lured through the deceitfulness of riches, power and pride of position, who are we to decide or judge that he is unfit for that position? God sets up kingdoms and God tears them down. We are not called to judge but to love unconditionally. We are called to forgive and pray/intercede for those who are weakened through the flesh. We are called to restore (Galatians 6:1).

    What we need to keep foremost in our minds and our hearts are the truths revealed about the nature of God’s love working in our own hearts. (1 Corinthians 13)

    Also, to the pure in heart, all things are pure. But to those who are not pure in heart…

    Titus 1:15-1615 To the pure [in heart and conscience] all things are pure, but to the defiled and corrupt and unbelieving nothing is pure; their very minds and consciences are defiled and polluted.
    16 They profess to know God [to recognize, perceive, and be acquainted with Him], but deny and disown and renounce Him by what they do; they are detestable and loathsome, unbelieving and disobedient and disloyal and rebellious, and [they are] unfit and worthless for good work (deed or enterprise) of any kind.

    If you go about your life keeping your eyes on Jesus, to learn more of Him and seek to see as He sees and love as He loves, you will ‘overlook’ the failings of others and see only God’s great love and patience for them.

    However, if you go about looking for faults in others, then you will indeed find them. For an evil heart seeks to show itself as being better than others and goes about seeking to prove it by exposing the weaknesses and failures of others but will never find any fault in themselves.

    Matthew 7:1-2Do not judge and CRITICIZE and condemn others, so that you may not be judged and criticized and condemned yourselves.
    2 For just as you judge and criticize and condemn others, you will be judged and criticized and condemned, and in accordance with the measure you [use to] deal out to others, it will be dealt out again to you.
    Miriam disqualified her brother Moses because of his marriage to an Ethiopian woman. She considered herself equal to or better than he. God heard this and as a result, she was put out of the camp for 7 days with leprosy, white as snow. It took the intercession of the very one she judged and criticized, her bother Moses, to relieve her but not until she was made to see the error of her ways.

    When we point out the fault of others, especially of those of the household of faith and ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we put ourselves ABOVE them or place ourselves BETTER than them. Are we not doing the same as Miriam did with Moses, her brother? Will God turn a blind eye to our criticisms of our brethren? Or will He, hold in reserve that judgment due us for “touching His anointed”?

    If you’ve found yourself having done any of these things spoken of here and have not yet repented of them, now is the time to repent for the time of reconciliation has come upon you. Either we seek repentance or judgment lies at the door in our lives. That hedge of protection God gives to all who walk in obedience to Him through faith in Christ, is removed when we choose to step outside of that obedience to the Holy Spirit and judge others. You may say that you are judging their fruit but if you speak or write for others to hear or read of your judgment of their fruits and associate that ‘finding’ to those men and women of God, you are placing yourself as their judge and all judgment is reserved only for Christ at the judgement seat of Christ.

    Romans 14:10-13 NKJV But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: “As I live, says the Lord, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.

    2 Corinthians 5:10 AMP
    10 For we must all appear and be revealed as we are before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive [his pay] according to what he has done in the body, whether good or evil [considering what his purpose and motive have been, and what he has achieved, been busy with, and given himself and his attention to accomplishing].

    God sees the motives of all our hearts, including those who are in error and those who are judging them for their error. Your seeking to warn your brethren about these who are in error is not about your love for your brethren but bring judgment and accusations to them while exalting yourself as being ‘better’ than them. Like the pharisee Jesus spoke of who prayed and thanked God he was not like that sinner/publican but did all those things ‘better’ than him, sought to justify himself and not justify God. He extolled his own virtues and his own righteousness above his fellow. This was not missed by God since God looks on the heart and sees clearly all our motives.

    The scriptures say that if we judge ourselves, we shall not be judged. If your brother fails to judge himself, what is it to you? It is God with whom he shall give an answer to, not you. Our job is not to find fault. We are called to be like Jesus and our job, our ministry, is to reconcile the world back to the Father. If another speaks wrongly or in error, we are not to turn aside from obeying the Holy Spirit in fulfillment of this great commission. We are not called to decide which one is a tare and which one is wheat. We are not called to decide which ones are wolfs and which are sheep. We, as sheep, are to be led by our Great Shepherd and He is the One who will recognize the wolves in sheep’s clothing and deal with them. As ministers of reconciliation, our heart should always be to lift up one another in prayer so that God would be revealed in each of us to His Glory and His Honor. We do not honor the Lord when we turn on each other, biting and devouring one another for love does not keep a record of wrongdoing but love is patient, love is kind, love believes all things, love hopes all things, love endures all things. If we do not walk in love but walk in criticism, then God is not in us for if we love unconditionally, God’s love is found in us.

    Jerry Sundberg

    Soon after I received the Lord in 1976, I started receiving prophetic visions and warnings about the future of the church and the United States. I share my visions on my Hidden Manna websites and offer free of charge my two ebooks entitled “Hidden Manna” and “Hidden Manna 2”.

    Website: Hidden Manna

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