“11 And He gave some, Apostles; and some, Prophets; and some, Evangelists; and some, Pastors and Teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the Saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ:” Ephesians 4:11-12
Who is another to declare one who God has called to preach His Word, unfit to preach His Word? Who is another to declare the Cross of Christ insufficient for forgiveness of sin and take it upon themselves to impose their own method of penance as an acceptable form of punishment? Was Christ’s punishment insufficient?
“9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us.” 1 John 1:9-10
King David murdered Bathsheba’s husband. Moses killed an Egyptian. Peter denied Jesus. All of these men were godly men but they too were human and at one time failed the Lord. HOWEVER, these men repented of their sins and to say that God used them mightily, is grossly inadequate.
“Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” John 7:24
Who is another to judge according to appearance and not according to the Word of God?
Many Believers have unforgiveness in their hearts for others who have at one time stumbled. It seems as if their “punishment” was not sufficient. Realize that which you are declaring insufficient is the Cross of Christ for forgiveness of sin.
“Who are you who judges another man’s servant? to his own master he stands or falls. Yes, he shall be held up: for God is able to make him stand.” Romans 14:4
-Donna Clark Warren