Church discipline, human dignity and the image of God …

Why it is not acceptable for a person who is known to be “Christian” for years and partake of the same communion table in the same church to go on an aggressive verbal assault against another, manifested as “sudden outburst of anger”, and the need to be addressed and be disciplined.

 

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. (James 3:9-12)

 

The Apostle James made it plain clear, with reference to Man being created in God’s likeness. It should not be taken lightly how much value and dignity God himself placed on Man created in His own image and likeness.

It is also interesting to note, as according to the records of GENESIS after Man had fallen into sin and ordered to leave Eden, God passed judgement and cursed the serpent, cursed the ground because of Man but not Man directly.

Take note what God said to Noah in person –

 

“Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind. (Genesis 9:6)

 

We are fallen creatures but we cannot deny the fact we are created in God’s image.

Therefore in the house of the living God, it is not acceptable to extent tolerance to a person who acted in aggressive verbal assault, in using foul languages to attack and insult another man with destructive intention.

It is a form of sin, abominable and despicable in the sight of God.

It is a form of matured sin, manifested in the house of the Lord.

 

Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. (James 1:15)

 

Yes we can forgive, but we need to honor Jesus in our speech and human dignity.

 

Let Jesus be magnified in us, through us and among us as true Christian fellowship!

 

Such incident should not be dismissed and marginalized as “personal conflict” with the fact that person who committed such acts has a known history of aggression and verbal assault. He himself will know who else had he assaulted in time past! It was an act related to his habits and practice.

His action was a manifestation of his own desire and intention. The secrets of his heart brought to light and exposed in the house of the Lord.

 

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. (Galatians 6:7)

 

That man who is supposed to be a known Christian for years, what had he been sowing into his own heart and mind?

Hatred, anger, intentions and desire to cause hurt?

What did Cain did to Abel? How did that happened? What were the consequences?

If such an incident is to be passed off as “personal conflict”, then let it be known that man had first and foremost committed an offense directly against the spoken law of God – (Genesis 9:6), (James 3:9-12) – it’s first and foremost that person’s personal conflict with God!

There are various forms of sin, and certain sins in particular will invoke the wrath and judgement of God directly!

In the kingdom of God, ignorance is no virtue. Christians are known to fall into sins and transgressions due to lack of knowledge and understanding of the truth of God’s law and judgement.

 

The church of the living God is to be a place we sow seeds of Christ-likeness, the words and teachings of Jesus into our hearts and minds.

The church of the living God is to be a place for nurturing mature sons and daughters of God, in the example of Jesus Christ the Son of the living God.

The church of the living God has no place for such acts of sin which defiles the dignity and image of God.

 

Let Jesus be magnified, let the house of the Lord be cleansed!

 

God forbid such incident should happen right after service, in the witness of men and in the presence of our Lord!

 

For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile (1 Peter 3:10)

 

Being saved by grace does not mean we live in ignorance of God’s judgement.

Do we not know we have a future judgement to face with?

Are we not informed we have a future inheritance to receive of the Lord?

Perhaps this person himself has not been reading his own Bible?

 

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. (Galatians 6:7)

 

Who created and ordained the law of sowing and reaping?

Who subjected Man to the law of sowing and reaping?

GO read Genesis 8:22, Luke 8:4, John 13:20

 

Let Jesus the word of God be magnified in us and through us!

 

God created Man in His likeness that we may express godliness.

Jesus sows the word of God in us that He may reap Christ-likeness in us.

That man who is a known Christian, gone through water baptism and partake of the same communion table, he had broken his own promises and commitment unto Jesus the word of God.

Who should he make full and complete restitution unto actually?

How should he do it?

 

7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. (Galatians 6:7-8)

 

In-His-Service

David Z