Rebuke is not judgment

I am well aware that not a single person in this world wants to be judged. More often we confuse rebuke with judgment. Perhaps it would be better if I show the difference between the two.

Judgment points out the wrong that has been committed and decides on the severity of the punishment. It offers neither a second chance nor repentance. There is no repentance beyond the grave because the judgment is set. Rebuke points out the wrong that has been committed and unlike judgment, rebuke offers a chance to repent, with or no punishment.

In this wicked generation, many so-called Christians have gone soft and by soft I mean they are whiners, like babies they always want milk and do not advance to hard foods. When someone falls out of the way, he/she has to be corrected and these are directions we have from the Lord, ” Moreover if you brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother…” Matthew 18:15-17

The purpose of rebuke is not to humiliate but to gain the brother who is in danger of sinning. There are many stubborn people in our christian societies who by no chance take counsel from those who rebuke them. Such individuals, the bible tells to ignore them or treat them as one of the sinners and tax collectors only if they failed to hear or listen to 1 person, 2 or 3  people and the whole church. Rebuking someone is the bible principle. All rebukes and corrections must be done in godly love.

When someone tells you that you are wrong and are able to provide biblical proof of that you are wrong, as a child of God, then they are not judging you because if they were judging you, they would go like “what you are doing is wrong, therefore you will go to hell and suffer for eternity” and if they are rebuking you, They would go like “brother, according to the word of God, what you are doing is wrong. Repent lest you die in your sin”

When God uses the word “repent” or “turn away”, it shows us that God is giving you another chance to live.  Here is a good example of God’s reproof “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn [yourselves] from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.” Ezekiel 18:30-32 KJV, note that He doesn’t say I am judging you, but he say “I will judge you…Repent…so that you won’t be ruined by your iniquity.”

Folks, a soul that sins shall die and it is our responsibility not keep quite if someone we love is wrong, within the democracy or without the democracy, with rights or with no rights they must be made aware of that they are going astray.  See what God says in Ezekiel 33:1-11. ” Once again a message came to me from the Lord: “Son of man, give your people this message: ‘When I bring an army against a country, the people of that land choose one of their own to be a watchman. When the watchman sees the enemy coming, he sounds the alarm to warn the people. Then if those who hear the alarm refuse to take action, it is their own fault if they die. They heard the alarm but ignored it, so the responsibility is theirs. If they had listened to the warning, they could have saved their lives. But if the watchman sees the enemy coming and doesn’t sound the alarm to warn the people, he is responsible for their captivity. They will die in their sins, but I will hold the watchman responsible for their deaths. Now, son of man, I am making you a watchman for the people of Israel. Therefore, listen to what I say and warn them for me. If I announce that some wicked people are sure to die and you fail to tell them to change their ways, then they will die in their sins, and I will hold you responsible for their deaths. But if you warn them to repent and they don’t repent, they will die in their sins, but you will have saved yourself.Son of man, give the people of Israel this message: You are saying, ‘Our sins are heavy upon us; we are wasting away! How can we survive?’As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of wicked people. I only want them to turn from their wicked ways so they can live. Turn! Turn from your wickedness, O people of Israel! Why should you die?” NLT

God says if we don’t tell people that they are wrong, they will die of their wrong doing but their blood will be on us. If your fellow christian sins, tell him or kiss heaven goodbye. I don’t want to be judged for not warning my brother of the dangers they are in. God says if you tell someone of their wrong doing and he refuse to hear you, you will save your soul, but that person will die for his own sin and his blood will also be on him.

I will tell you if you are wrong and I expect you to do the same for me!!!

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