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A MISINTERPRETATION

 

A MISINTERPRETATION

My fellow deliverance minister, Tom Brown (Word of Life Church in El Paso, Texas), recently stated publicly that homosexuality is a disease that can be cured through casting out spirits of homosexuality.  He was widely attacked by both gays and Christians alike.  Gays leaned on the un-scientific position that sexual orientation is inborn, that our DNA determines if we are gay or straight.  Some Christians, including pastors, rebuked Pastor Brown for violating the biblical command not to judge others.  There were many unkind remarks and accusations which were hate-motivated.  All of these positions were products of ignorance, deception or a love of sin.

At my dentist's office a few months ago, I read an article in Time Magazine, published about two years ago, that studies show how environment can change one's DNA.  Impliedly, a homosexual lifestyle and mind-set can change the DNA one had at birth.  That flies directly into the face of claims that one's sexual orientation is established at birth.  Not true.  I've always contended that demons of homosexuality can change one's DNA.

I agree whole-heartedly with Pastor Brown's claim that homosexuality is a spirit, although I have not worked with many homosexuals in my deliverance ministry.  That spirit is part of the nest ruled over by the spirit of witchcraft or Jezebel.  Rejection, rebellion, sexual lust and the like are also part of that nest of spirits.

JUDGE NOT

Christians all over the world are being influenced and misled by a misinterpretation of scripture.  Matthew 7:1 is being used to promote the idea that "judge not, that ye be not judged."  But if you look closely at Matthew 7:1 and the verses that follow immediately thereafter, Jesus was talking about hypocrites and people who unfairly criticize, gossip, condemn and slander people when they themselves are sinning in a bigger way.  (“And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” Verse 3)  Jesus was talking to hypocrites, not the guardians of truth. 

If one wrongfully interprets these passages, claiming that we are not to judge, he will be in direct opposition to scriptures that say that we have the responsibility to judge and discern good and evil and to protect the cherished and precious truths God gave us.  Rebuking, reproving, censuring, forbidding, charging and accusing can be done in love and concern for both the deceived and the deceiver.  We are instructed to name names and instruct the sheep to avoid false teachers and the doctrines they espouse.  Shepherds must protect the sheep against wolves in sheep’s clothing.  Mt. 7:15.   We are commanded to judge in those circumstances, not to compromise the gospel.

There is a difference between unwarranted criticism, gossip and malicious slander as compared to an impersonal censure, rebuke and accusation for the purpose of correction and guidance.  For example, one can properly point out errors in doctrine by some famous televangelist without calling him a devil, or a creep.  If the intent is to maliciously and falsely slander to build up self at the expense of another, it is unrighteous.  But, if it is to protect the sheep and to point out errors for the purpose of avoiding deception, it is righteous obedience. It depends on the heart’s intent.  Sometimes the person pointing out doctrinal error is himself in error, but his heart is right.  Romans 16:17 says, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.”

The Amplified Bible’s interpretation of Matthew 7:1 is, “Do not judge and criticize and condemn others, so that you may not be judged and criticized and condemned yourselves.”  This rendition is slightly more accurate than what some Christians claim it to mean, in my opinion.  Matthew 7:1-5 applies to undue criticism and slander of others and have nothing to do with protecting the faith from false doctrines and beliefs. God will not give two commandments that are diametrically opposed.  Matthew 7:1 is not contrary to scriptures telling us to guard the faith and note, rebuke, reprove, accuse, correct, refute and withdraw from those who preach a adverse gospel.  It speaks of hypocrites finding fault in others while they themselves have worse faults.

1 Corinthians 5:12, 13 says, “For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?  But them that are without God judgeth.  Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.”  We are to judge those in the church, and correct where needed, especially those who would pervert the gospel or who are deceived.  Failure to judge those in error has resulted in widespread division in the body of Christ and much confusion.  We judge the evil outside of the church; God judges the individual.  Love the sinner, but hate the sin.  We are not to love both.

Yes, there are times when the defenders of truth are themselves deceived, but their intentions are righteous.  We are all in the same situation.  Our beliefs are subject to scrutiny too.  We all have the responsibility to be as the noble Bereans and search the Scriptures diligently, to see if those things spoken are true.  Ac. 17:10,11.  Should we accept a doctrine that says that we are already gods on earth?  What about “Once saved, always saved?” or “pre-tribulation rapture,” or the “prosperity” doctrine, or “Christians cannot have demons,” or “tongues is of the Devil”?  Were these preached by the early apostles?  Beware the spirit behind many other movements and doctrines that do not line up with the Word of truth.  It is our duty to search and see that everything is true and according to Bible teachings and to judge those that teach error.  Gal. 1:8, 9.

Perhaps we have been too lax in our attitudes towards Bible truths and too condescending to challenge those we love when they spout false doctrines that bend the truth, or support movements with untruths as their basis.  Maybe we tend to “worship” famous Christians because we admire them and are awed at their “power” and when they do or say something contrary to the Bible, we blithely forget and dismiss it.  This is extremely dangerous.  It is putting people above the truth.  Not only are we allowing Satan to plant his lies in our hearts, we are disobeying God.  Certainly, we need to avoid presenting a “I’m right; you’re wrong!” face and an arrogant, prideful attitude when speaking out for truth.  Truth coming from a critical heart of self-righteousness becomes a lie too.  We need to speak the truth in love.  The homosexual life style is sinful and can be changed by God when repentance and deliverance comes.

 


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