Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Divine Perspective – The Godly Righteous or the Ungodly Wicked

One of the most misunderstood Scriptures is Christ’s words about “Judging.” [Matthew 7:1] If there is one Scripture which unbelievers will know – it is this one. Both non-Christians and Christians, alike, are often of the opinion that a person should never be outspoken and critical of others. When confronted with their sinful lifestyles, non-Christians (and Christians) will utter their misinterpretation of Christ’s words as a rationalizing defense mechanism. Their mistake is that they fail to understand the very first verse of Matthew 7:1 in light of the entire chapter. Matthew 7:1f

Christ was teaching about hypocritically “judging” others. For instance, a person should not criticize his neighbor for his neighbor dog's nuisance barking, when he himself is not careful to control his own dog from disturbing the neighborhood’s peace and quiet.


When looking at any Scripture, it is important to allow Scripture to interpret itself and to understand particular Scriptures within their framed context. Christ cautioned about (hypocritical) judging, and then also warned his disciples that they could recognize false prophets by their “fruits.” [Matthew 7:13-20] In essence, Christ called upon His disciples to be “fruit inspectors,” – to judge others by their very words and lifestyles.

When Cal Thomas, a syndicated Christian columnist wrote a commentary of Barack Obama, basically calling him a non-Christian [false prophet], Mr. Thomas was not judging in the negative hypocritical sense. Cal Thomas supported his [seeming] “judgmental” assertions with the USA president’s own words, in light of Scripture's own words.


"Obama Is No Joshua" -- by Cal Thomas -- .....Obama can call himself anything he likes, but there is a clear requirement for one to qualify as a Christian and Obama doesn’t meet that requirement. One cannot deny central tenets of the Christian faith, including the deity and uniqueness of Christ as the sole mediator between God and Man and be a Christian. Such people do have a label applied to them in Scripture. They are called “false prophets.” -- calthomas.com

See also:

7 Reasons Obama is NOT a Christian - Why Do Christians Doubt Barack Obama's Faith? - squidoo.com/snobama

Obama Admits He Is A Muslim - utube.com

The Politically Correct Culture of today frowns on calling out [criticizing] certain [peoples'] belief and lifestyle distinctions:

Political correctness would bring reproach upon any individual like Cal Thomas for being so outspoken. After all, Mr. Obama is now the USA president and he is, [according to the politically correct crowd] to be held in such high esteem that he should not be subject to such a critical analysis. However, the Scripture says that Mr. Obama like everyone else will stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:10

The Divine perspective:


Hear or read the first 10 Chapters of Psalms, and if you listen closely enough, you will hear the distinct words: "righteous, ungodly, wicked, blood thirsty, deceitful, godly, workers of iniquity, wickedness and heathen." In God’s eyes there is no political correctness to be had. You are either righteous, or, you are wicked. You are either godly or ungodly. There are no grays with God. You are either one of His sheep or one of the goats. Psalm 1:1-6 ; Matthew 25:31-46

Christ’s Parable of the man who had no wedding garment:

To be sure, Christians are not perfect, by any means. Those who believe in Christ and make it their soul’s desire to please him by lip confession and life’s profession, [Matthew 7:13-29] remain sinners while they traverse this earth. But the difference between a genuine believer and a non believer is the soul’s “covering.” Christ’s Parable of the Wedding Feast and the man who had no wedding garment, underscores this eternal and priceless distinction. Matthew 22:1-14

Friend, if you aren’t clothed with the righteous, sin [blood] covering forgiving garments [clothes] of Christ, you will be faced at the end of your life, attempting to “go it alone.” To be sure, you will be entering eternity on your own – and, to do that will be, what the Scriptures describe, eternal damnation. [Mark 16:16 ; 2 Thessalonians 2:12 ; Matthew 24:11-13]


Your life with all of your sins against God’s Ten Commandments – both against God and your fellowman, will follow you, uncovered, [by Christ's all encompassing forgiveness] and will haunt you forever and ever. There will be no rest for your "living" soul but only utter loneliness and suffering, because you will have rejected your Creator Savior. John 3:14-21 ; Luke 16:19-31
It is never too late, baring the cessation of human breath, to seek the Lord and His Righteousness. [Philippians 3:7-9] Better to be forgiven and to enter death’s door with the righteous [forgiveness] clothing of Christ, than to enter eternity, naked, marked and tarnished, with ones’ own [damning] sins. Amen.

Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:

Old Testament:

Psalms 1:1f-10:1f -- Scripture's clear distinction of the godly and ungodly; righteousness and wickedness

New Testament:


Matthew 22:1-14 -- Christ’s Parable of Wedding Feast and the man without a wedding garment

Philippians 3:7-9 - The righteousness of faith in Christ


Matthew 7:1f – Christ’s priceless words – the difference between eternal life and eternal death

Ephesians 5: 8-14 -- Christ's disciples are called upon to expose the unfruitful works of darkness


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Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.

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Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel

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Note: The above message (with minor editing) was previously posted online by Nathan Bickel

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