God's Truth In Love

Spiritual Remnant of God Series~ ~ ~Part 6 – Truth Can Offend

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

When doing some self-evaluation to determine whether you are part of the CURRENT Spiritual Remnant of God and/or your spiritual health as one of the CURRENT Spiritual Remnant of God ask yourself the following question and the answer to this question will tell you a great deal about your spiritual standing.

Which is more important to me, presenting and/or upholding God’s Truth or making sure I do not offend a brother, sister, or spiritual leader in Christ?

I personally would much rather have a person care enough about me, about my spiritual walk with Jesus, about the ministry God gave me, about my life – that they would be willing to offend me in order to keep me out of sin, away from danger, on the narrow path and true to my godly calling and/or purpose – than to allow me to go astray.

What does being offended look like, in this context?

“offend”

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary

2 : to cause discomfort or pain : HURT

2 a : to cause difficulty, discomfort, or injury

b : to cause dislike, anger, or vexation

3 : to cause dislike or vexation : ANNOY

Synonyms affront, insult, outrage

3 : to cause to feel vexation or resentment usually by violation of what is proper or fitting

OFFEND need not imply an intentional hurting but it may indicate merely a violation of the victim’s sense of what is proper or fitting <hoped that my remarks had not offended her>.

I do not know about you but if I am confronted with the need to change, often, my first feeling is “discomfort” because change by its very nature is uncomfortable.

Jesus offended most of the religious people of His day. The CURRENT Spiritual Remnant of God will find whether they intend it or not they will offend most of the religious people of our day. Why? Because they are going to call/cry out for Truth to be honored, Truth being God’s Word and Principles, in a time and religious society where it is not being honored. If they do not call/cry out, they are not at peace with themselves and cannot spiritually be at rest.

Here is an account where Jesus is shown as having offended the religious leaders of His day during His earthly ministry. The religious leaders did not think Jesus had the proper background or credentials and they did not like what He had to say. This was the reception Jesus got from His very own people. The religious leader’s lack of belief resulted in God not being able to work among them as He might have done had they been receptive.

Matthew 13:54-58

54 When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works? 55 Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas? 56 And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?” 57 So they were offended at Him.

But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.” 58 Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

This account can also be found in Mark 6:1-6.

Likewise, you as part of the CURRENT Spiritual Remnant must not concern yourself with your background or credentials and you cannot take responsibly for the work that remains undone among people because religion hindered godly spirituality. Jesus did not concern Himself with those who refused to listen to Him, receive Him, or attempt to understand the TRUTH[s] He was trying to impart to them.

Matthew 15:12–14 (NKJV)

12 Then His disciples came and said to Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?”

13 But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. 14 Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.”

Religion and the apostate congregations, which participate, are filled with blind leaders leading the blind into spiritual emptiness and spiritual death. Sadly, just as in Jesus’ day there are more of them than they are TRUE Believers in Christ.

When a person refuses to accept TRUTH, they make the choice to be offended. You, the person presenting the Truth, do not offend them, they chose offense over truth.

In the above passages of Scripture, the Greek definition for the terms used is as follows:

“they were offended” and “were offended”

4624. σκανδαλίζω skandalizō, skan-dal-id´-zo (“scandalize”); from 4625; to entrap, i.e. trip up (fig. stumble [tran.] or entice to sin, apostasy or displeasure):— (make to) offend.

NSDHGW

The presentation of godly wisdom and spiritual truth when received properly brings about the greatest form of godly peace. True godly peace born out of godly wisdom can be very controversial [James 3:17 and Matthew 10:34].

Spiritual/Political Disclaimer:

This blog will not be for the faint of heart or the easily offended. It will not be in any way politically correct. It will make every effort to share the truth in love, [Ephesians 4:11-16], to a decaying and dying society and church. I share what I share not to hurt, harm, or offend any person[s] or group; I do it because Christ’s Standard and Truth is not being represented by enough of His Followers and I do it out of love. I love enough to tell His Truth.

Ephesians 4:11-16 NKJV

11And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

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