The audacity of Christians on the Internet never ceases to amaze me. They will read a single post on a blog and assume so many things about you that they can’t resist telling you how wrong you are by posting a comment. What strikes me about this type of person is the spiritual pride inherent in their attitude. The person automatically assumes that you are not as educated in the bible as he/she is, that you don’t pray as much or in the same way as he/she does, that you don’t understand what it means to be a Christian as he/she does. The gall of such people, to claim to know the state of your soul before Christ! I shudder to think what Jesus must think of it.
I may criticize another Christian’s comments based upon what they say and what I find appalling, but I would never, EVER presume to know whether that person is saved or not, whether someone believes “correctly” or not, or whether someone is even faking their Christian life. Who am I to judge that? Jesus said, “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment (John 7:24),” always with an eye to the fact that you may be sinning in the exact same way: “Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things” (Rom 2:1).
Yet people still claim to be better Christians than you and boy, will they let you know it! Everyone is on a different path to God. No one can lay claim to knowing with certainty what anyone else should do in their Christian walk. This is the most basic tenet of the concept of “soul liberty.” Nothing and no one stands between you and God. Paul writes to those Christians who were condemning others for eating meat sacrificed to idols,
“What business have you to criticize your brother? What business have you to look down upon your brother? We shall all have to stand before God for judgment…So each one of us must give an account OF HIMSELF to God. Therefore let us not criticize one another any more” (Romans 14:10, 13a).
And he sums up his teaching by saying,
“For your part, you must keep the faith you have to yourself, as between God and you. Happy is the man who has no fault to find with himself in following the course that he approves… It is the duty of us who are strong to put up with the weaknesses of those who are immature, and not just suit ourselves. (Romans 14:22; 15:1)
It is simply no one else’s business how fit your soul is before God. Do not allow others to rob you of the joy you possess in your faith. Your salvation is between you and Jesus Christ. End of story.
“Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; (1 John 3:21)