You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free

Excuses to Avoid Obedience to the Truth of God’s Word and Repentance from sin: “Touch not My anointed!” “You have no right to judge anyone!”

“We are free from the Law and must Love sinners!”


Renette Vermeulen


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“You have no right to judge anyone!” “Do not touch the Lord’s anointed!” “We are free from the Law and must Love sinners!” “No one is perfect, how dare you speak about sin!” “We will not offend friends and family and hurt them! To Love them is enough.” “There are no big and small sins. Why cherry-pick smoking, swearing, etcetera?” “Things like smoking help believers to cope with problems.” “Not every sin is occultic! Jesus set us free. We have the right to enjoy life.” Truly, the contextual Word of God is “the lamp for our feet and the light for our path,” (Ps. 119:105.) If we follow The Light or The Word of Truth, “we will not walk [or live] in darkness, but have the Light of Life,” (Jn. 8:12.) “You ran well [for a while.] Who hindered you from obeying the Truth…” (Gal. 5:7-10.)


• “You do not have the right to judge anyone!” This false accusation is shouted when wilful, unrepentant sin is confronted. But James 5:20 says, “He who restores a [believing, unrepentant] sinner from the error of his way, [by showing Him God’s Scriptural Truth and reminding him of the dangers of unrepentance,] will save his soul from death.” 1 Timothy 5:20-22, “[Those who deliberately and unrepentantly sin, you must] rebuke in the presence of all; [after following Jesus disciplinary steps in Matthew 18:15-20,] that the rest also may [know to abstain from that particular evil] and fear [the judgment of God.]” “… Do not be fooled. [Unrepentant] sinners will not inherit the Kingdom of God,” (1 Cor. 5:6; 6:9-11!)

There is a vast difference between “judging” someone as in condemning him to hell, and judging or discerning his bad, deliberate, unrepentant "fruit." ONLY GOD can condemn unbelievers and unrepentant believers to hell, (2 Ths. 1:7-12!) “Judging [or discerning] the fruit” or beliefs and behavior of people is a commandment of Jesus, to know who we are dealing with, (Mt. 7:16!) Judging all teachings, ‘spirits,’ and everything else is a Commandment of God to Abstain From All Evil! (1 Ths. 5:21-22; 1 Jn. 4:1-4.) The Judge-not or “sending people to hell” accusation is simply a mean control trick to keep on sinning when they are warned to REPENT to escape God’s eternal judgment!


• They say, “We will not confront sin. All Christians sin. Jesus commanded us to LOVE even the worst sinners. We are forgiven and free from the Law!” Forgiveness, love, and repentance from sin cannot be separated. Jesus said, “If you LOVE ME YOU WILL KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS." He did not ask for excuses and avoidance of His Word of Truth. The only Law Jesus gave in the New Testament, is the Moral Law with its many precepts, (Lev. 19-20! John 13:34.) It is summarized by “love,” (agape in deed and truth,) or worshipful obedience to God, and treating other people and ourselves with respect and practical care, (Jam. 2:20!) 1 John 2:1-6, “...You may NOT sin. But if we sin [or unintentionally STUMBLE and regret it, confess it, and strive to repent from it,] we have an Advocate… Jesus Christ the Righteous… By This we know what we know Him: IF WE KEEP HIS [MORAL LAW] COMMANDMENTS. He who says ‘I know Him,’ and does [not concern himself with] keeping His commandments, is a Liar, and the Truth is not in him. But WHOEVER [strives] TO KEEP HIS WORD, TRULY THE LOVE OF GOD IS PERFECTED IN HIM. By this we know that we are in Him.”


• When confronted, they shout, “Touch not the Lord’s anointed!” Neither shepherds nor the congregation are above reproach. They “must always be ready to answer everyone who asks them [to explain why and what they believe, to REPENT from all sin,]” (1 Pt. 3:15.) All sincerely, Scripturally born again believers have the indwelling Holy Spirit; they are all accountable before God, (1 Cor. 3:16-17; 1 Jn. 2:20, 27; Rom. 14:12.) They all “have the anointing from the [indwelling] Holy One… The anointing which you have received from [Jesus] ABIDES in you…” John 3:34, “God did not give the Spirit by measure [to the man Jesus, or to His true servants, who speak and live in the truth of His Word.]” If pastors, prophets, preachers, etcetera, teach false dogma, show partiality, or neglect to deal with Moral sin (immorality of all sorts) according to Jesus commandments, they are false shepherds. Ezekiel 34:1-10, “Woe to shepherds who feed themselves [and not the flock... Because they do not obey God’s Word or Moral Law in ministering to them,] God will require them from their hand,” (Lev. 17 chapters 19-20!)


• They also use blame-shifting to elude accountability, “No one is perfect; you have no right to judge the beliefs and behavior of believers.” Sincere, Scripture-obeying believers do not have to be ‘perfect’ before they can speak to other believers about deliberate, unrepentant sin. We all “live, move, and have our being” in the mercy and grace of Christ.

There is a massive difference between the unplanned sin or the “stumbling” of believers and the wilful, premeditated, unrepentant sin of ‘believers.’ STUMBLE means to ‘sin unintentionally’ because we are NOT PERFECT on a mind level yet, (Col. 2:9-10.) We are ALL still “growing in grace and in knowledge of Christ… to know God’s perfect will [to obey Him perfectly,]” (2 Pt. 3:18; Rom. 12:1-2.) But that is not an excuse to sin unrepentantly and with premeditation. 1 Corinthians 5:9-13, “…Do not keep company with sexually [and other] immoral people. I do not mean with [unbelieving sinners] of the world… since then you would have to go [physically] out of the world. But… do not keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, covetous, an idolater, reviler, drunkard [or addicted to other sin.] Do not even EAT with such a person. THOSE WHO ARE OUTSIDE GOD JUDGES. [BUT YOU YOURSELVES HAVE TO DISCERN UNREPENTANT DANGERS AND] PUT AWAY THE EVIL, UNREPENTANT PERSON FROM YOUR MIDST.”

Believers and ‘shepherds’ who do not want to ‘offend’ their friends and family with the Truth of God’s Word and obedience to His Moral Law, are committing idolatry. True believers will follow and obey Jesus and His Word above all else. Their wrong priorities result in witchcraft, (1 Sam. 15:22-23,) or following their own ideas and will, instead of obeying the Word and will of God. Jesus warned, “If you love father, mother… more than Me, you are not worthy of Me and cannot be My disciples…” (Mt. 10:37-39.) Galatians 1:6-10, “…Do I now persuade men, or God? If I still please men, I cannot be a servant of Christ.” 


“Believers might be arrogant, swear, and smoke, but God speaks to them. We will not hurt them by judging them.” The Truth of Jesus cannot ‘hurt’ anyone. And yes, “the Holy Spirit convicts THE WHOLE WORLD, (believers as well,) of sin, righteousness, and judgment,” (Jn. 16:8-11; Jn. 8:12.) But we were commanded to “restore” wilfully sinning “saints” by showing them the truth of God's Word and of the situation - if they should choose to repent, (Mt. 18:15-20; Luke 17:1-3.)

We cannot follow the darkness AND the Light. Jesus refuted all double mindedness, double priorities, and double lives, and said, “No one can follow two masters.  He will either hate the one and love the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon, [Satan’s world system of immorality and sinful practices,]” (Mt. 6:24.) Thus, we are not known by our prophesies and other gifts, but by our [constant] "fruit!” Matthew 7:21-24, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord’ shall enter [heaven,] but he who DOES THE WILL of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in That Day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your Name, cast out demons, and done miracles?’ [Then I will say,] ‘I never knew you: depart from Me, you who practice LAWLESSNESS!... [Whatever causes you to sin,] cut it off.  It is better to enter life [mutilated,] than to be cast into hell: the fire that shall never be quenched and where their worm does not die,” (Mark 9:42-48.)  This does not mean there are literally never-dying worms in hell.  Jesus spoke of ever-living, suffering human spirits that never suffer decay, (1 Ths. 5:23.) 


“There are no big or small sins. We all sin, so why cherry-pick things like smoking and swearing to judge others? Eating or exercising too much or too little are also sins…” Unrepentant, deliberate sin such as swearing and addiction to smoking, alcohol, and other drugs cannot be compared to eating too much occasionally, eating too little, or anything else that is supposedly not “balanced.” Although we are indeed free of all church legalism, this commandment still stands, “Do not present the members of your body, [the temple of the HOLY Spirit,] as instruments of wickedness… Do not be mastered by [or addicted to] anything,” (Rom. 6:13-12.) Our natural eating habits cannot be compared to the occultic inhalation of smoke, (Ezk. 8:17-18; Isa. 65:6-7.) Foul language and all other “uncleanness must not even be named among you… Do not be partakers with them,” (Eph. 5:3-7, 29.) Gluttony is a sin. “The stomach of the wicked [who cannot get enough of anything] shall be in want. But the righteous eats to satisfy his soul.” The righteous enjoy all God-given provisions without being gluttons. We must live in holiness and moderation to everything good that pertains to our physical lives on earth.


• “Believers only smoke and hold to other addictions because it helps them to cope with problems.” We all have many problems. Jesus never said we may sin to cope with our problems! Sin never functions in isolation, (Gal. 5:-7-10!) Sin always begets more sin. Demons always come in gangs. Here is how we must all deal with temptation, oppression, and other hardship. 1 Peter 5:6-8, “Humble ourselves under the almighty hand of God… casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober and vigilant, because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion… RESIST HIM, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the SAME SUFFERINGS ARE EXPERIENCED by your [true] brotherhood in the [whole] world.”

2 Pt. 2:18-22, “[Do not be] allured by the lusts of the flesh [or the sinful, unrenewed thoughts and beliefs of the mind, Rom. 12:1-2.] Because true believers have actually escaped from those who live in error… For [by what] a person is overcome, by [that] also he is brought into bondage. For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known The Way of Righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the HOLY commandment delivered to them…”


• "Believers are not under the Law and everything of the world is not occultic! Jesus set us free from the Law! We have the right to enjoy life!” Jesus set us free from the Old Testament/covenant ceremonial temple laws. But He said, “If you abide in [the Truth of my New Covenant, Moral-Law] Word, you are My disciples indeed. And [then] you will [ seek to know the truth about everything that affects you and others,] and the Truth will set you free!” (Jn. 8:31-32.)

The origins of all sinful practices are occultic, as “the whole [unbelieving] world is in the power of the evil one.” Jesus said, “[Those who unrepentantly choose to reject the Truth of My Word] are of their father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. [So, they are Satanists.] He was a murderer from the beginning… and there is no truth in him…” (1 Jn. 5:18-19; 8:44!) Satanism is not ‘stumbling,’ but decidedly and unrepentantly doing the will of the devil. 

Thus, we cannot defend sin. Believers must help one another to repent or abstain from “all evil,” (1 Ths. 5:21-22.) It is LOVE to bring darkness into God’s Light so that we can understand His will and repent from all immorality. And if we keep quiet because we do not want to ‘offend’ unrepentant ‘believers,’ we actually hate them! God warns in Romans chapter 1:21-32, “…Although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God … and their foolish hearts were darkened… [So, they were] filled with unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, envy, murder, strife, deceit… undiscerning… who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them!”


• “We were forgiven. We live under the boundless grace of God,” they continually argue.  Yet, Jesus undoubtedly demonstrated His forgiveness based on repentance from sin, when He said to the woman who was caught in adultery, “Where are your accusers? [They left because no one could throw the first stone as all the temple masters had unrepented sin, and thus secretly practiced immorality… Mt. 19:1-9!] I do not condemn you either. Go and sin not more so that something worse does not happen to you!” (Jn. 8:11!) 

In addition, Jesus’ warning to all seven ecclesias or gatherings of believers in Revelation chapters 2-3, is that they tolerate the moral sin, (immorality) of those among them. We are not talking about the unbelieving world. To everyone who confesses His Holy Name, Jesus continually said, “[Live] holy for I Am holy... Repent… or else I will [punish you…] But to him who overcomes [sin by My mercy and grace and through decided repentance,] I will give to eat from the Tree of Life [in heaven.]” (Revelation chapters 2-3; 1 Peter 1:16.)


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