14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. 1 Corinthians 2:14 (NASB)
A pernicious lie currently permeating the visible Church in our time says that all who profess Christ are genuine believers. This lie conveniently overlooks that even our Lord’s chosen 12 contained one devil. Another closely associated and equally detrimental lie says that Christians must never judge….
If taken together, these two lies create an environment of deceit in which professing Christians who prove their disingenuousness by their words, their actions, and their doctrines, which is their “fruit,” cannot be brought before the ecclesiastical court of their church brethren for discipline. In fact, in this environment, to even address the issue is to be classed as a judgmental hypocrite.
These lies come from the father of all lies, Satan himself, and are very effective in this environment of deceit in blinding professing Christians to the truth. In this state of blindness they cannot see that to tolerate sin in the Church, which is called to be Holy, for the sake of peace is actually direct disobedience against God. This disobedience is a form of idolatry my brethren and idolatry always results in spiritual blindness. (Romans 1) What idol? How about a local church or a denomination or career as a preacher or best selling author? I’m sure you can think of others.