This is the first time I was inspired to write twice in one day. I had planned on holding this off until tomorrow but felt God put this on my heart for a reason.
Imagine our ‘garden’ is our Christian World View. In other words, I’m not talking about a specific place or even a specific denomination. I simply referring to the fundamental Bible based theology that runs throughout western society.
No, place us as a group, back in Genesis. Let’s look at how the Enemy would twist common logic to a point is was no longer common. His tactic is first to make a ‘slight’ twist on what God has said in order cause us to doubt. The words that the serpent suggests are from God, are not his… but something about those words sound wrong… So we say… no… he couldn’t have said that. Once we have doubt, the enemy then goes for the kill.
Let’s walk through the Genesis story of the fall but I will substitute some text so you can follow. I pray that this makes sense and helps to shed light on what the enemy is doing.
The following is a revision of Genesis 3:1-13. Click the link to see the actual text. My revisions are in italics.
Now the serpent was more crafty and had a better publicist than the local churches that the Lord God had made.
He said to the people, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not hold anyone accountable for their actions?” 2 And the people said to the serpent, “We may go on worshiping as we wish, but God said ‘Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone’.” 4 And the serpent said to the people, “That’s right. Since you are not perfect and blamless and without sin, who are you to judge?” 6 So when the people saw that it must be bad to hold people accountable for their actions, they said we must be ‘open minded’ about things. If a couple wants to live together out of wedlock, who are we to judge. If man wants to marry a man, who are we to judge. If a man wants to alter his physical body and claim he is a woman, who are we to judge. If a woman wants to abort the beating heart inside her, who are we to judge.”
8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the people hid themselves in open minded self righteousness from the presence of the Lord God among the pagans. 9 But the Lord God called to them and said to him, “Why have you turned your back on me?” 10 And they said, “But you told us not to judge others.” 11 He said, “Who told you to ignore the values I laid before you. Who said you should use your salvation as a ‘Get out of Hell Free’ card and no longer live as I have asked you to live?” 12 The they said, “But these other Christians to claim to know you, said this was the only way to win the world over.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the them, “What is this that you have done?” They said, “The serpent deceived us, and we believed the false teachers.”
Wake up America! We have been deceived. Holding people accountable to their actions is not judging them. Holding ourselves accountable to our actions is no judging either. We are called to live a better life than this.
Remember, in the out of context scripture above, Jesus does actually say, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone” (John 8:7) but that is not the end of the story. He then turned to the woman and said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” (John 8:13)
Yes, her sins were also forgiven. But he DID still call them sins AND He insisted that she stop doing them. The “don’t judge” crowd seems to forget that verse.