“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering yourself, lest you also be tempted.” Galatians 6:1
If a Believer is overtaken in a fault, the fault is a result of legalism. They have placed themselves or another under a moral law and when the party fails to meet said requirements of this moral law they quickly execute punishment. The moral law may in fact be good, just as the Mosaic Law was good and holy, but as well…just as the Mosaic Law does not have the power to change mankind, neither does any other type of law. Laws reveal error, if in fact the moral authority of such laws are the Word of God and not political correctness, but they do not correct error.
The rectifying of error may result in punishment, if correction is not heeded but this punishment is always for correction and is never vengeful or vindictive.
“It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.
2 And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that has done this deed might be taken away from among you.” 1 Corinthians 5:1-2
When our Brethren places themselves or others under law and they falter, no matter the unpleasant circumstances surrounding their failure, those who are spiritual should restore them in the spirit of meekness considering themselves lest we be tempted. If correction is not heeded, it is not up to the spiritual to punish the fallen for their faults but to mourn the fact that they may be taken away from among us.
The failures of our Brothers and Sisters in the Lord should be mourned and their sins covered under our love for them…not exposed under the guise of vindication. If one’s faith is destroyed because of our own unpleasant circumstances, even our own failures, our vindication becomes gossip and we too are caught in the snares of satan.
“7 But the end of all things is at hand: be you therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
8 And above all things have fervent charity (love) among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
10 As every man has received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God gives: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to Whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:7-11
When other’s falter, consider both the ones who have and are faltering, as well as the ones casting the stones…and mourn them; pray for them lest you too be overtaken in fault. It is the devil’s purpose to destroy the faith of the Saints and he will use the Brethren to do such. When our faith is directed to a law and not the Cross of Christ, we fail to give the Holy Spirit latitude to do that which He is commissioned to do in our hearts and lives and we falter. We stumble and we need someone who is spiritual to point us back to the Cross of Christ.
-Donna Clark Warren