Monday, March 07, 2011
The Sins of Silence and Partiality
This could be said today of public men who are silent against the heretics right under their noses:
1Sa 3:11 The LORD said to Samuel, "Behold, I am about to do a thing in Israel at which both ears of everyone who hears it will tingle.
1Sa 3:12 "In that day I will carry out against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end.
1Sa 3:13 "For I have told him that I am about to judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knew, because his sons brought a curse on themselves and he did not rebuke them.
1Sa 3:14 "Therefore I have sworn to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever."
1Sa 3:15 So Samuel lay down until morning. Then he opened the doors of the house of the LORD. But Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli.
My point is that while this had to do with Eli's house and particularly his two blaspheming sons,who were priests in the temple of God, God BLAMED Eli for the sin of silence. God's anger burned against Eli because Eli was a mature believer, a priest no less, and refused to rebuke his sons. I recently posted on the problem with Chuck Smith Sr. and Jr. and this also applies to them as well.
When a person comes on to your "radio" show, your church, your conference, and starts promoting heresy or twists Scripture, its not only sinful to remain silent, its sinful to let them continue! People care way too much about not offending others, they they seem to not care about offending the Holy Holy Holy God and His sheep that actually DO love His Truth.
I'll add here too, is the sin of favoritism that James speaks of, because this too, is related to what I've seen (or not seen) with online Big Boy Bloggers of late (insert "the one who writes books" or "the one who has degrees behind his name" or "the famous one" for "rich" and you see exactly the problem):
Jas 2:1 My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism.
Jas 2:2 For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes,
Jas 2:3 and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, "You sit here in a good place," and you say to the poor man, "You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,"
Jas 2:4 have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives?
Jas 2:5 Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?
Jas 2:6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally drag you into court?
Jas 2:7 Do they not blaspheme the fair name by which you have been called?
Jas 2:8 If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, "YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF," you are doing well.
Jas 2:9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
Jas 2:10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.
Jas 2:11 For He who said, "DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY," also said, "DO NOT COMMIT MURDER." Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.