quinta-feira, novembro 24, 2011

Absolving the Pharisees and condemning the sinners

Another post of #Thirty-three (original at 06/2007)
 “But when Jesus heard {that}, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what {that} meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” – Matthew 9:12,13
Religious groups of Jesus’ day were outraged by the fact that He is “friend of sinners”. The Pharisees, one of these groups are the “righteous” that Jesus refers to in this text. The Apostle Matthew had given up everything to follow Jesus and Jesus was later dinner at his house, many friends sinners of Matthew were there too. The Pharisees were scandalized by this situation. It was when Jesus summed up beautifully his mission on this earth. He came for sinners, who were sick spiritually because of their sins. Those who think they are well have no need to seek the doctor Jesus.
I was reflecting on this text for a long time and saw that the present church has followed the footsteps of the Pharisees, unfortunately, frequently. Lost sinners in the world are destined for eternal damnation, because the messages “evangelistic” focus more hell than heaven. The good news that Jesus had us to spread turn into bad news. Sinners feel so unworthy, who prefer not follow Jesus by considering not just as good as the church. In the meantime, in the temples, many of the Pharisees are acquitted, because the messages are of hope and victory . The sins are forgiven by these infinite mercy and grace of God, after all, we live in a time of grace. That is, for lost sinners what matters is the law of the Old Testament, and for us, the saved, what counts is the grace. The church then becomes the just and sinners become patients. Well, Jesus came to call sinners, not righteous.
So you say, I approve the sin of the world? No! We just cannot condemn sinners with their sin. Otherwise, we’d all be condemned. Because we are sinners, that Jesus was come. If we were all just his coming would have been unnecessary, but For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23). The apostle Paul so the continues: “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:”(Romans 3:24).
What about the church, it is forbidden to preach a message of hope and victory, when there are so many facing many difficulties and temptations? The answer is a definite no, again. The problem is not to preach about victory, the problem is always preaching about it and, worse, say that coming to Jesus Christ you will have all your problems solved. We must make clear to the church that were provided sufferings and temptations for Christians, the Bible itself. We will have moments of victory, yes, but the difficulties are necessary to shape our character and make it more similar to Christ, who said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).
I conclude here my simple mind, leaving a well-known text of the Bible so that, taking into consideration what was discussed here, you make a new reflection on it, Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: {teach...: or, make disciples, or, Christians of all nations} Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, Io, I am with you always, {even} unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:19,20)
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