“Ye without sin, cast the first stone”—Jesus Christ.
This phrase is often used when a Christian rebukes the sin of another Christian. But, is that they way Jesus meant the example to used? Was Jesus telling us not to judge the actions of other Christians? Really?
When Jesus said this, was he even speaking to Christians?

No. In John 8, Jesus was speaking to the hypocrites of his day. Those who pretend to be religious and pious, but who really only care about making themselves look good.

The fact is, Jesus was writing in the sand, when these religious men brought this woman to him, hoping to trap the Lord into making a mistake. The men said that the woman was “caught in adultery”. Don’t you wonder where they were to catch her?  And, where was the man, who, according to the law, was suppose to be brought forward with her, to also be stoned? One wonders why the woman never demanded that her partner be brought forward, but she instead stood silently. Anyway…

Did you know that the law of Moses, stated in Deut. 13:9 and 17:7; stated that those who are witnesses of a crime must be the ones to start the execution…and ONLY those who were not guilty of the same crime could participate in the execution. Jesus knew. And He knew that the accusers were aware of those laws.

So there was Jesus writing in the sand….possibly dates, names, times that these men, had themselves participated in adultery. Possibly with this very woman– because the accusers ran off rather quickly, didn’t they?!  They were guilty and they knew it..and they knew that Jesus knew it!

Jesus gave us an example to follow. He quickly rebuked those who use God as a shield. Those who practice sin, all the while pretending that they are followers of the Kingdom of God.  Likewise, we must be as Christ, and be ready to expose the hypocrites and sinners in the church.

In Acts 5 Peter judged Ananias and Sapphira for trying to make themselves seem more spiritually minded than they actually were. They tried to make themselves seem as if they didn’t care about worldly goods and were giving everything to the Lord, when they weren’t. They were killed on the spot!

Paul was clear in his admonitions against sin in the church; and those who look the other way. Check out 1 Corinthians 5:11-13:

But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.
For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.”

In fact, it is our duty to judge sin in the church. To hold other Christians to account. That includes the “judge”—ourselves.

 

 

 

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