“On Trial” (A Pastoral Perspective)

OWPrince Header 213Dear Friends,

I seem to always have trouble with church folk who subscribe to the insane and unbiblical notion that a civil divorce is not really a divorce at all and that the two divorcees are still married in the sight of the church. To add insult to injury, if one of the divorcees gets remarried, they are looked upon as having more than one spouse which is called polygamy by civilian law.

Polygamy (bigamy) is against God’s Law as well as man’s law and any practicing polygamist would be arrested and jailed.  However, civil authority, just like in the Kingdom of God, recognizes divorce as a legitimate means to dissolve a marriage corrupted by immorality (Sin).  But some so-called saved folks don’t recognize this kingdom principle and ignorantly and arrogantly place themselves in the place of God as judge, jury and executioner.  They go so far as to disqualify a divorced person from serving in the body of Christ or of having any real value to the kingdom of God.  They stigmatize the remarried divorcee and characterize him or her as unfit for Christian fellowship or heavenly communion.  If the divorced person has remarried, they consider that person to be a practicing sinner (adulterer) regardless of the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Their own ignorance to the specifics of the matter – not that it is any of their business anyway – makes them damn others unjustly. (See Mathew 19:1-9 & 1 Corinthians 7:1-15 )

The message that these self-righteous bigots sends out to the injured souls of destroyed hopes and dreams is that “God doesn’t love them enough to forgive their sin.  He only forgives the sins of those who don’t divorce.”

My question to these types of church folk is, “Does the BLOOD of Jesus Christ ever lose its power?”

Read the following story and discover the answer for yourselves.

The blood-of-jesus trangifTHE BLOOD

One night in a church service a young woman felt the tug of God at her heart.

She responded to God’s call, accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior, repented, was baptized in His name and received the Holy Spirit as evidenced by her speaking in tongues.  The young woman had a very rough past, involving alcohol, drugs, and prostitution.  But, the change in her was evident.  As time went on she became a faithful member of the church.  She eventually became involved in the ministry, teaching young children.

It was not very long until this faithful young woman had caught the eye and heart of the pastor’s son.  The relationship grew and they began to make wedding plans.  This is when the problems began.  You see, about one half of the church did not think that a woman with a past such as hers was suitable for a pastor’s son.  The church began to argue and fight about the matter.  So they decided to have a meeting.  As the people made their arguments and tensions increased, the meeting was getting completely out of hand.

The young woman became very upset about all the things being brought up about her past.  As she began to cry the pastor’s son stood to speak.  He could not bear the pain it was causing his wife to be.  He began to speak and his statement was this: “My fiancée’s past is not what is on trial here.  What you are questioning is the ability of the blood of Jesus to wash away sin.

Today you have put the blood of Jesus on trial.  So, does it wash away sin or not?”

The whole church began to weep as they realized that they had been slandering the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Too often, even as Christians, we bring up the past and use it as a weapon against our brothers and sisters.  Forgiveness is a very foundational part of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.

If the blood of Jesus does not cleanse the other person completely then it cannot cleanse us completely.  If that is the case, then we are all in a lot of trouble.

What can wash away my sins?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!

End of Story !!!

Copyright © Othealor W. Prince 2011
All Rights Reserved




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