No, that is not a misprint. I heard this statement last week and it caught my attention. Let me share with you the context it was spoken in.
A minister was talking about God and he said, “when you declare war on God’s people, you declare war on God.”
Oh my! No one in their right mind wants to do that!
In Acts 4, we find Saul persecuting Christians. Jesus spoke to him from heaven and asked this question… “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting and oppressing ME?”
Jesus did not ask Saul why he was persecuting Christians, or even HIS people. No! He asked him why he was persecuting and oppressing Jesus, why?
We find the answer in Matthew 25, Jesus says; “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
When you declare war on a fellow Christian, or gossip and slander them, you declare war on God.
Matthew 7:1-5 says; Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
And the story of the woman caught in adultery…
Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.
So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. John 8:1-8
Jesus didn’t judge nor slander her, and she was caught in the act! How then do we feel we have a right to judge anyone? Yet, many do.
I know, I know, the Bible says we will know them by their fruits. This is true but I still can’t find a place where it says we have a right to speak evil of them. No one was able to throw a stone at the woman in adultery that day – because there was no one without sin.
The Bible says in Luke 6:31; And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.
Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. James 4:11
We are to love others. To treat them as we want to be treated. Even if they mess up.
Romans 2:1-3 says; Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things. And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God?
This is serious stuff folks. It was so serious to Jesus that He spoke to Saul from heaven. And He has not changed His mind about this – if we persecute or slander God’s people it is as we are doing it to Jesus.
Don’t do it. Refuse to enter into these kinds of conversations.
Speak kindly of others. If you don’t have something good to say, be quiet. If you must talk about it, talk about it to God. Don’t wage war on them…you will be fighting a battle you cannot win.
I want to leave you with one last verse on this subject.
Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty [conceited, self-important, exclusive], but associate with humble people [those with a realistic self-view]. Do not overestimate yourself. Never repay anyone evil for evil. Take thought for what is right and gracious and proper in the sight of everyone. If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:16-18
No one should want to purposely wage war on God…so then don’t declare war on His people. For He will fight for them.
Meditate on this:
If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Romans 12:18