Soul Checkers on the Internet

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 theChrist as Judge 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)

4 thoughts on “Soul Checkers on the Internet

  1. I agree that commentors can be wrong. I have had some people on my website tell me that I was taking God for granted, that I was depending too much on prayer, using prayer as an excuse not to work, and other things. That was from a single post reading, and they were wrong. But I do feel glad for it, what if they were right? If someone has a complaint against me and they are right, I do want to know how to correct it. Jesus advised that a man in sin should be first rebuked quietly, then in the presence of another brother, then in the church – and even if they are trying to help, they can get it wrong. We all get it wrong. I would rather people get it wrong but talk to me, than get it right and be afraid to tell me lest I get offended.

    I agree with you on the point of never presuming to know who is saved and who is not. That is solely for God to judge, whom he will save. “Let no corrupting talks come out of your mouth, only that which is useful to correct and edify”- Ephesians 4.29 I think. No use fighting. If there is good to be done, go for it. If we already know nothing will be achieved (or should be) by what we are going to do, we should think again cos it’s a huge thing to be a temple of the Living God and we can’t take that lightly 🙂

    Good thoughts in this post. Thanks for it and God bless you Ann 🙂
    Diana

  2. Diana, My point is that readers shouldn’t judge you based on one post on your blog. Mark Driscoll made an ass out of himself commenting on women and their “responsibility” to keep men faithful, and yet, though I comment on that, I never presume to question Mark Driscoll’s position before Jesus. Mark Driscoll did not sin in his comments. That’s the point. I don’t believe Matthew 18 can possibly be done on the Internet because we cannot judge peoples’ hearts and we cannot say anyone is sinning. There is no place on the Internet to go quietly to a sister/brother who has sinned without the whole world seeing and that defies the first tenet of Matthew 18: “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone.” So, to put it in a post on the internet for all to read is sinful in itself. It’s best to keep our thoughts about others’ salvation and others’ blatant sin to ourselves as well. Bless you.

  3. I guess this is really important post on judgement. If I have to pass on single post divine quality of Christ as a lesson to my loved ones then it has to be Compassion of christ. ability to accept everyone totally without judgement is godliness. Judgement needs to go.

  4. Judgment indeed needs to go! But where is the line? Is it alright to bring to another’s attention that someone is bilking the flock or taking advantage of others? I think so, but some call even this judgment. I say whatever is in your heart is your business. Thanks suresh! 🙂

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