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Debunking the myth that Jesus didn’t talk about people’s sins or immorality

silencedIs it true that Jesus only spoke against the religious leaders of his day? Did he stay mum when it came to confronting the sins of the common people and outcasts he encountered? Was he only concerned about making them feel welcomed and taking care of their needs? Two popular preachers were recently in the news implying these very things by their actions, telling the world about a seeker-sensitive, milquetoast, limp-wristed Jesus that didn’t seem to have any intestinal fortitude or a backbone.

However, I’m happy to report that Jesus confronted the sins of all kinds of people that crossed his path, from the poor to the rich, from the popular to the outcasts, including pointing out their wrong ideas. If he did anything less, that would mean he was someone given to favoritism when the scriptures tell us time and again that God is not one to participate in partiality. Sometimes Jesus was subtle about it and at other times he was very direct. I’ve gathered just a few of many examples where this happened as follows:

  • Woman at the well (John 4): Jesus confronted her about the five husbands she had in the past and the man she was shacking up with at the time. She then tried to steer the argument to the subject of religion and how wrong the Jews were. Jesus then pointed out instead that she was the one who was wrong when it came to how to worship God and brought to her attention that “salvation is of the Jews.” In the end, she was happy that she was confronted and that Jesus used her sin to get her attention–so happy that she ran and told her whole town (the men at least).
  • The man healed at the pool of Bethesda (John 5): Jesus healed the man who was sick 38 years, then disappeared without telling him who he was. But later that day, Jesus found him in the temple and told him point blank, “Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
  • The woman caught in adultery (John 8): Jesus shamed the religious and civic leaders who wanted to stone her to death. After they left, he told her, “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
  • The Jews who believed (intellectually) what Jesus taught (John 8): The Lord chastised them about their unbelieving hearts and their desire to murder him, then tells them their spiritual father is the devil.
  • Disciple who wanted to first bury his father (Matthew 8): Jesus told him, “Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.” Jesus was confronting several of this disciple’s sins–procrastination, materialism, and placing family before God. The disciple wanted to wait until his father died before doing God’s work that required his immediate attention. This would have included the man waiting around to receive his inheritance when it’s possible in this situation that his father’s death was not yet imminent.
  • Disciples crossing the sea in a storm (Matthew 8): The disciples panicked when a storm came up as they were crossing the Sea of Galilee and ran crying to Jesus, who responded, “Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?” We know that this incident was preceded by Jesus telling them that they were going to the other side of the sea, so they should have known that what he said would come to pass.
  • The man who wanted Jesus to settle an estate dispute with his brother (Luke 12): A man upset that his brother wouldn’t fork over his part of the inheritance went to Jesus and wanted Jesus to settle the dispute in his favor. Jesus told him, “Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?” and then gave a quick lecture to the crowd about resisting covetousness like the man was displaying.
  • The people of Nazareth (Luke 4): Jesus went to his hometown to the synagogue in his neighborhood among the neighbors he grew up around. He then confronted them about the hardness of their hearts in how they rejected him as Lord, yet they still expected him to do miracles for them. Then he told them outright that he wasn’t going to do any miracles for them because of their faithlessness. They got so enraged that they mobbed him and tried to throw him down a steep hill to kill him, but he escaped.

If anything, these incidents reveal Jesus was not a wimp and told it like it was without fear of reprisals because that’s just how much he loved even those who hated him. I believe he expects his church to be the same way.

Harry A. Gaylord

 

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8 thoughts on “Debunking the myth that Jesus didn’t talk about people’s sins or immorality

  1. AMEN! The New Age gospel of “love” only, doesn’t cut the mustard. Jesus, pointed out the sin and then made it clear to go and sin no more. Can there be forgiveness without repentance? Grace without confession of sin? Is the blood of Christ being used as a “whitewash” to convince the seekers of today that love is all they need?

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    1. theywhoseek,

      True words. So sad that mankind still wants a god created in their image & attempt to force on the church a false Christ, but like you I’d rather have the real one who knows how to ‘keep it real.’

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  2. Correct me if im wrong but, Jesus and the apostle Paul/Peter condemned the Jewish beliefs such as circumcision. And because the Pharisees criticised Jesus because he allowed his disciples to pick corn from the fields on the Sabbath. Again correct me if im wrong, but this seems like he condemned/scorned the Jewish beliefs/traditions

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    1. nick,

      We know by the many things Jesus said in favor of Jewish law that he did not condemn genuine Judaism, he only condemned the wrong interpretations of it that came about by man-made traditions. Christian churches are often guilty of doing the same things by equating their man-made theology with what God said and/or meant in his word.

      Jesus said, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil,” Matthew 5:17. Since he was God in the flesh and never transgressed, he would never condemn his own beliefs. But when you think about it, what Jesus exhibited were not religious beliefs in the true sense of the word, but he exhibited what he knew for a fact from firsthand direct knowledge since he was and is God. He said in John 15:15 “…all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.”

      Jesus kept the custom of going to the synagogue on the Sabbath (Luke 4:16), was circumcised on the eighth day, prayed regularly, visited the temple regularly, and kept many other righteous Jewish customs since he was a Jew. But he made it clear that Jewish law allowed for mercy to trump sacrifice when a person’s life was at stake. That’s why the disciples picked corn when they were hungry on the Sabbath and why he healed on the Sabbath. In Matthew 12:7, Jesus stated, “But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.”

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  3. Jesus is enough for your sins, no admitting, asking, working will change that. Stop adding to the Gospel. Jesus + nothing= salvation. Too many people get stuck on how to handle sin. Its easy, let God handle it, though the person you call out in sin may lie, but you hold hatred in your heart. Meaning we all sin, continue to sin and nothing you can do to change that.

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  4. There is lots you can do to stop sinning, i believe you said that just to justify your sins.it is not up to God to stop our sins, if we choose to fornicate then it is up to us to change that, of course we need God whom is above nature to help us escape from our sinful nature.

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