One of the purposes for Jesus’ coming into the world was for separation. God is a segregationist!
Jesus did not come into the world preaching world peace like many false religions. He came to separate light from darkness by the knowledge of the light of the truth just like He did in the beginning of the creation of the world. “Let there be light!” God never changes!
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.” (Genesis 1:1-4)
Jesus came into the world as a man to divide relationships, divide families, divide nations, divide truth from lies, divide righteousness from perversions, divide purity from profanity, divide cleanliness from uncleanness, divide holiness from sin, and divide believers from unbelievers, hence dividing light from darkness by His actions and His words. He did it then and He does now.
“I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled? But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished! Do you suppose that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, No; but rather division: For from now on there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.” (Luke 12:49-53)
Christians need to establish themselves in their identity with the Lord Jesus Christ and be His true disciples instead of religious man pleasers. We need to live the truth and speak the truth without apology if we are going to be salt and light and true witnesses of God.
Speaking the truth does not judge anyone, but when the truth is spoken people will experience the conviction of the Holy Spirit, and that is the way God ordained it to be. It is the will of God for people to be convicted when they hear the truth. There is no better way. Silent love cannot replace speaking the truth. Don’t believe the false propaganda of “not causing offences” by compromising what is right for those that are really the “intolerant of the truth” and haters of God.
“Open rebuke is better than secret love.” (Proverbs 27:5)
“And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and you see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.” (John 16:8-11)
The enemy tries to intimidate Christians from speaking the truth, because he doesn’t want his deception exposed in the hearts of men. The Holy Spirit needs the truth to be spoken before doing His work, like He did hovering over the waters in the beginning waiting for the Word to be spoken.
He cannot convince people of their sin if they never hear the truth. They will stay in darkness and deception on their way to God’s judgment without a witness. God always sends a witness before He sends judgment, because He loves people and doesn’t want them to suffer His righteous judgments. He must judge sin or He is unjust. If He didn’t love people He wouldn’t warn them.
The Lord Jesus Christ was the Truth in the flesh. Every word that came out of His mouth was truth. He said that if He didn’t speak the truth the sin in the world would not be exposed.
“If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin.” (John 15:22)
He said that because He spoke the truth the world hated Him. The world hates truth! They hate absolutes, and they will hate anybody that speaks the truth and exposes the sin in their hearts.
“The world cannot hate you; but me it hates, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.” (John 7:7)
Now, Jesus said that He passed judgment on no man and He did not come to judge men, but to save them. However, He said that the words that He spoke would judge all men on the last day.
“You judge after the flesh; I judge no man.” (John 8:15)
“And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejects me, and receives not my words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” (John 12:47-48)
How did Jesus not pass judgment on any “man” yet speak the truth to bring “conviction upon the world” to the point that they hated Him so much that they crucified Him on a cross? He addressed sin as “group behavior” with illustrative stories and principles directly towards those involved. He spoke the truth about the sin, but did not address any individual’s sins. He never condoned any individual’s sin, but instead told them to repent of their sin or worse things would happen to them. Whether we like it or not sin is the reason for all problems in this world, and we are responsible to speak the truth to our neighbor if we really love them. If not, God says we hate them in our hearts.
“Afterward Jesus finds him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, you are made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto you.” (John 5:14)
“You shall not hate your brother in your heart: you shall in any wise rebuke your neighbor, and not suffer sin upon him.” (Leviticus 19:17)
The humble will receive your words, but the proud will hate your words.
“And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.” (Luke 16:14)
Jesus addressed the sin of the world in groups. E.G. “You Pharisees…”, “You Lawyers…”, “Woe to you Capernaum…”, “Woe to you Bethsaida…” Christians are to follow the example of Jesus. “You Sinners…”, “You Perverts…”, “Woe to you Adulterers…”, “Woe to you Whoremongers and Whores…”, “Woe to you Liars…etc.”
Most Christians don’t see themselves as the conscience of society, the pillar and the ground of the truth, the light of the world, the voice of God, and witnesses and ambassadors of the kingdom of Heaven, but that’s what they are nonetheless. Christians need to stop identifying with the world and start identifying with Heaven. Christians need to stop being friends of the world and start being friends of God.
Who are you trying to impress? You will never impress the world by being a nice religious person, because everybody is religious including the heathen and the atheist. Your comfort zone is your religion! Whatever beliefs are conducive to your ideology becomes your religion, and your lifestyle revolves around that belief system religiously. If anything interrupts your fantasy world belief system your whole world falls apart, until you regroup and get yourself back into that fantastical comfort zone of your own ideology, hence idolatrous worship of a god of your own making. The only thing anyone can do to impress God is believe and obey His Word. Nothing else impresses Him.
“Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not Yourself: for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof: Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto You: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my servant, Do this, and he does it. When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned himself about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.” (Luke 7:6-10)
Christians need to get a backbone, stand their ground on Biblical truths, and not back down in the face of hypocritical “haters of truth” that accuse those that speak the truth of “hate speech.” No one is obligated to agree with perversion! All sin is a perversion of righteousness. Being a silent witness is not going to help the world from continuing in grosser darkness and satanic captivity.
“Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon you, and his glory shall be seen upon you. And the Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.” (Isaiah 60:1-3)
If you are deluded into thinking that you can be a witness for Christ by a good moral life, consider the fact that no one ever lived a more morally pure and sinless life than the Lord Jesus Christ, yet it was necessary for Him to open His mouth and speak the truth to His generation for Him to be a true witness for God. Anything less is passive disobedience to God’s call of witnessing to the truth.
“Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. Behold, you shall call a nation that you know not, and nations that didn’t know you shall run unto you because of the LORD your God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he has glorified you.” (Isaiah 55:4-5)
“Pilate therefore said unto him, Are you a king then? Jesus answered, You say that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth hears my voice.” (John 18:37)
“But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
“Repent; or else I will come unto you quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.” (Revelation 2:16)
“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” (Revelation 3:19)