• Forgiveness, Homosexuality, Judging Others, Rob Robinson

    Posted on September 5th, 2013

    Written by Rob Robinson

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    Are Some Sinners Worse Than Others?

    Are Some Sinners Worse Than Others?

    Luke records an event that is otherwise unknown to us from anywhere else in the Bible. Apparently Pontius Pilate had ordered the death of certain individuals who were attempting to offer sacrifices. In the process, the tower at Siloam fell and many innocent people were killed. Jesus asks the question: “were these people who died as a result of the towers fall, worse sinners than any other people in Galilee?” Jesus answer is “No”. There was no connection between this accident that happened, which resulted in their death, and their own personal sins. This tower at Siloam may have been a part of the wall of Jerusalem, near the pool of Siloam. When it fell and killed many people, God was not personally targeting these individual persons for judgment. Their sins were no worse than any of the others in Israel, or any other person throughout the world.

    Luke 13:1-5 There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”

    We have this idea that some sins are worse than others. In this example of those who were killed by the collapse of the Tower of Siloam, Jesus taught that all sins are equal before God. All sins separate us from our Holy God. Jesus said that “unless we all repent, will all perish (eternally).

    Jesus describes this story of the tragic death of eighteen people, as an example that all of us are equally guilty before God for our sins. Every one of us needs a Savior, and none of us are worthy of heaven by our own efforts. Only the blood that Jesus has shed for us on the cross, is sufficient to pay for the sins of the whole world.

  • Controversial Subjects, For Christians, Judging Others, Rob Robinson

    Posted on August 30th, 2013

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    The Absolute Necessity of Christians Judging Other Christians

    The Absolute Necessity of Christians Judging Other Christians

    In both 1 Corinthians 6:2 and John 7:24, Christians are instructed to judge in all matters of this world concerning behavior. We are also instructed to use Righteous Judgement,” which is to properly understand the heart of the person and the matter at hand, and not by outward appearance only. The kind of judgement that was condemned by Jesus is judgment based on what we observe by external circumstances, without knowing the person or his particular situation.

    When we observe Jesus in all of His interactions with people, He never accepted their sins, and He always confronted them and demanded that they change their behavior.

    To the woman caught in adultery, He forgave her, then told her to never sin again (John 8:3).

    To the woman at the well, Jesus confronted her immoral lifestyle—“You have had five husbands”—then He led her into a saving knowledge of Himself as the Messiah (John 4:7).

    To Peter who, one moment was commended by Jesus for discerning that Jesus was the “Son of God,” shortly thereafter, Jesus scolded Peter for acting in the capacity of satan as a stumbling block (Matthew 16:16).

    When the money changers in the temple were robbing the people of a vital opportunity to worship God by their commerce, which they were conducting in the Court of the Gentiles, Jesus came into the court with such overwhelming force against their sins, that not a single person stood physically in opposition to Him (Matthew 21:12).