Callousness. Symptomatic of Hypocrisy.

“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.” Gal 6:1

Tradition says – and this is the interpretation mainly taught in our churches – that in going after someone “caught in sin” the temptation to sin is of the same nature of as the one who is caught. Understanding thus: “If my brother is drunk and I seek to see him sober, then I must I guard against my own inebriation.”

Only simpletons rest in this understanding. The fact is that someone ‘ensnared’ by sin is not easily set loose. The shallow believer, lacking for “success” in “rescuing” a brother “ensnared” in trouble – is unconsciously and quite errantly – prone to the sin of condemnation, judgement and self-satisfied separation from the one in trouble. This mistake is very slippery. We tend to seek our comfort over that of others. Is there something wrong with that? Very definitely – “perhaps.”

In self-righteous tones we suffer hearing: “Cut them loose, let them suffer in sin until they come to their senses,” “maybe they weren’t saved in the first place” and “don’t cast your pearls before swine.”

“If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.”

“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

There is no such thing as “Tough Love.”

The notes below are a Biblical critique of callous Elders who have comforted themselves at the expense of  “Lost Sheep”, castaways – who we will call “Church Refugees.” The remainder of this post is a scriptural tour of relevant truth.

“By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”

“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”

“It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master.”

“Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven.”

“The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them.”

“And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”

“As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?”

“…to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”

“…keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”

“And on some have compassion, making a distinction, but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.

“If you faint in the day of adversity, Your strength is small.” “Deliver those who are drawn toward death, And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter… If you say, “Surely we did not know this,” Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?”

“Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD to the shepherds: “Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks?:” “You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool; you slaughter the fatlings, but you do not feed the flock.” “The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost; **but with force and cruelty you have ruled them.”**

“So David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” And Nathan said to David, “The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die.” “However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also who is born to you shall surely die.”

2 thoughts on “Callousness. Symptomatic of Hypocrisy.

  1. Indeed there is just such a thing as tough love. A pastor I know commented that sometimes a drowning victim needs to be knocked out in order to be saved. What I believe this pastor is referring to is AVIR syndrome. It stands for – aquatic victim instead of rescuer. Adults that are drowning are incredibly dangerous and sometimes the rescuer drowns while the original victim is saved. Does it mean we shouldn’t try to save them? Should we try to save them while risking ourselves and them? Or, should we use the gift of wisdom to save them while not putting both our lives in peril?

    1. Tactics versus Strategy. Tough love is a tactic men use either to coerce preferred behavior – or – as a battle shield of self-protection. Here’s the issue: Unconditional love is self-less. It’s neither tactical or strategic. God loves us this way, but it’s utterly unnatural for men to have the ability to love another sacrificially. We’re supposed to, but: We’re always assessing the situation.

      All those “Should we …” questions are in effect, risk assessments. To what? My well being? The phrase “incredibly dangerous” encapsulates the sense. Dangerous? Temporally, perhaps. Which is more dangerous spiritually? To act or recoil? Just because someone is drowning does not mean they will pull me down. I can’t know absolutely what will happen.

      Recall “Saying 25” in Proverbs 24. Verses 10-12 “If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength! Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?”

      And Jude correctly distinguishes the spiritual matter in V22-23.

      Great Dialogue and a superlative comment. Thank you so much!

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