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Should We Rebuke The Sinful

Many incorrectly assume that when one cares for your soul and openly rebukes you, you are trying to cast judgement on them, or don't love them. We are to respond in love, but there are times we must rebuke for the good of the person.

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Jesus Commands: "Judge righteous judgment."
---Eloy on 12/2/09


Remember, you are not the judge. Even Michael the Archangel said to the devil "God Rebukes you."
---Joel on 12/2/09


Michelle_Raab,
Your statement is: "Many incorrectly assume that when one cares for your soul and openly rebukes you, you are trying to cast judgment on them, or don't love them. We are to respond in love, but there are times we must rebuke for the good of the person."
Your statement is correct. But, instead of rebuking openly, try to rebuke or rather advise privately and that may have a positive response.
---Dave on 6/1/09


Nana:
If you have a problem with a Bible verse, please take it up with the Lord. Do you read your own blogs(?) 4-27-09, as you seem to contradict it. I don't believe that I'm wasting my time, but it is good advice, Ephesians 5:13-17. I agree with 1Thesalonians 5, and will try to remember verses 14-15 as well. I choose "of obedience unto righteousness" in Romans 6:16. Certainly, people sin by choice, but Galatians 6:1-5 is not in conflict with the verses mentioned in the blog of 4-25-09.
Galatians 6:1: Strong's "overtaken" prolambano G4301, to take in advance, that is, (literally) eat before others have an opportunity, (figuratively) to anticipate, surprise: - come aforehand, overtake, take before.
---Glenn on 5/5/09


"Nana:
In Galatians 6:1-5, the word overtaken refers to someone who falls as if by surprise, and not an unrepentant and rebellious person who continues in premeditated sin."
Glenn on 5/3/09

Glenn,
Are you dilly-dallying with your christian walk?
This should be our goal:
1 Thessalonians 5:4: "But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief."
Shake your sleepy head and stand guard buddy.
Be unyielding:
Romans 6:16: "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey, whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?"

There is no sin that takes "as if by surprise".
---Nana on 5/5/09




Nana:
In Galatians 6:1-5, the word overtaken refers to someone who falls as if by surprise, and not an unrepentant and rebellious person who continues in premeditated sin. The word "restore" is to repair the damage as concerns both his beliefs (that allowed him to sin), and the damage due to such things as guilt. To "bear ye one another's burdens" is to, through discipline, prayer, and instruction, help him. To "bear his own burden", means that we should consider our own character. These verses don't make reference to 'restoring' a man to a particular position in the Congregation, but does imply that he should be allowed to return to the Church.
---Glenn on 5/3/09


Gal 6:1, keyword "restore". Such a one is known by his former state to which the admonition to restore is aimed.
All men in the broader sense need restoring too but before any 'restoration' can take place, the same men must had been brought up to a standard in the community, they need to be taught and only if they hath learned, they can be established or brought back if wayward, John 6:45.
In rebuking, we must have the presence of mind that a brother (Matt 18) will not respond the same as a stranger, let alone our enemies.
---Nana on 4/27/09


Gal 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness, considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

Gal 6:2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

Gal 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself
---Donna66 on 4/26/09


Yes, after we have judged ourselves we can judge others because we can see clearer. That is why Jesus said it is better to pluck out your eye if it sins and cut off your hand if it sins, and to enter into Heaven crippled, than to go whole into eternal fire. So it is with love that we rebuke, and do not fear the results of rebuking someone or cautionning someone. Also, we should judge rightly and not by appearances. In other words, just because someone is a Pastor there is no need to believe they are any less a sinner than the lowliest member of the congregation. In fact the war is against spiritual wickedness in high places.
---frances008 on 4/26/09


If you spend your whole time rebuking others, however, this is going to lose effectiveness. Sometimes silence is the best response to sinful people. Jesus did not always rebuke the Pharisees and Scribes, but when he did, BOY did they know it. That is why they hated him so much.
---frances008 on 4/26/09




Well, the spirit of rebuke should come from God, in the first place. If the wicked man becomes offended, then let them go their own way down the road to everlasting destuction. God will allow this, my friend. And you have a good week....My heart grieves!
---catherine on 4/26/09


Elders: 1Timothy 5:19-22 (two plus reputable witnesses). Some believe that you must accuse them in front of another elder(s), before making the accusation public. Not permitting this violates 1Timothy 3:1-15, Titus 1:6-9, 1Peter 5:2. If the charge is justifiable, Romans 16:17-18, 1Corinthians 5 come into play.
Matthew 18:15-20 concerns offenses committed against you personally, and allows the matter to be dealt with in private if they repent, but 1Timothy 5 does not. See also - 1Timothy 1:20, 2Timothy 2:17, Revelations 2:20.
Matthew 7:1-5 / Luke 6:41-42 deal with hypocrisy, and unjust judgment. 1Corinthians 2:15, 5:3, 11-13, 6:4, 11:31 instruct us to judge. In 1Chronicles 16:22 & Psalms 105:15, touch means to strike, or kill.
---Glenn on 4/25/09


Michelle, I openly rebuke you here. To drag a Stranger into the conversation, He said something about the log in your own eye and the dust speck in another person's. Am I correct here=? Does this ring a bell?

To privately "admonish the sinner" is one of the spiritual works of mercy--but the key word is PRIVATELY.
---Jack on 5/31/05


Too often rebuking comes across as a "holier than thou" power trip. I find it a necessity in my life to ask: "Did the Holy Spirit REALLY tell me to cast that first stone?" I usually end up with Lord change me!
---CarolT on 4/24/05


I've been taught that its not the person to rebuke but the sin and the one who has control over that person. Jesus did not rebuke Peter but said Satan get ye behind me. The main thing is to always search the scriptures and pray to God for the wisdom of when to approach the person, what to say , and most of all how to help that person overcome their ways and come closer to God.
---Robert on 4/23/05


I was always taught at Sunday School and Church that you do unto others as you would have them do unto you. In other words you should treat people with respect and dignity no matter what they do to you.
---wendy on 4/23/05


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Be Patient With Me God Did't Finished With me Yet ....God's love believes in the best of every person,always.Halleluya!
---altai on 4/23/05


Since you used the word sinful, I am assuming that you mean those who haven't gave their lives to Christ. When we are trying to be a witness for Christ, we have to be mindful of the scripture Jeremiah 31:3...The word of God says...With loving-kindness have I drawn you. In order to draw sinners to Christ, we need to follow His example in our witnessing. We have to be wise as serpents, and gentle as doves. Without a loving, humble,kind, and gentle attitude, i believe we can run people away, instead of draw them.
---Barbara on 4/23/05


before rebuking a person, first pray to the holy spirit for guidance. then meet the person concerned. gently tell him that what he is doing is not right. listen to his side of the story. if you are convinced, then advise him ,if not pray for him during your personal prayer time and ask jesus to fill this person with the holy spirit.
---olive6374 on 4/22/05


Hope that it is a prayerful rebuke shared on a one to one basis as led by the Spirit of God..or it can cause a deep wound and shame..
---Connie on 4/22/05


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If we judge ourselves first, and then are rightened, then others cannot judge us. We are commanded to Judge Rightly. II Corinthians 10:6. So to avoid "judging wrong judgment", just keep the 2nd law of God. It's called the "Golden Rule": Say and do EXACTLY what you want others to say and do to you. Matthew 7:12.
---Eloy on 4/22/05


Rebuking someone should be a rare. I think, Jesus never rebuked a person for sinning. He used very strong words/warnings to Scribes and Pharisees (church folk) for having knowledge but not really knowing God, Peter (church folk) for being carnal-minded and in unbelief of God's will (actually, he rebuked satan there, too) and rebuked the demons in people. Talking with someone about their sin is different. Biblically consider: our responsibility, accountabilty, and way to talk to someone about their sin. God has His part, and for a miraculous reason we get to participate.
---Laura on 4/22/05


A loving rebuke identifies a person's behavior and then identifies scripture which addresses it and lets the Holy Spirit do the rest. They just point a finger at the person and tell them they are sinning. I let scripture tell them that. I tell them I love them.
---Madison on 4/22/05


Galatians 6:1-2, "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ."
---Bruce5656 on 4/22/05


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There is no such thing as rebuking for the good of the person, that is like telling a little white lie. To rebuke ashames and brings damage and compitition and never changes people in there spirit, not even when we think that it is for the good of the person, they may appear changed in your eyes, but the inside still remaines the same, therefore they feel judged. In fact rebuking is judging. Love under all circumstances ( 1Cor. 13) God's thoughts and higher then ours.
---carmen on 4/22/05


I don't go around rebuking anyone but I do try to let my life be a testimony and I do witness to people, but I certainly don't go around pointing out someone else's sin. I have enough trouble with my own.
---shira_5965 on 4/22/05


We must be careful when it comes to open rebuke and of whom it is doing the open rebuke. If it is the pastor or bishop doing the open rebuke they know the situation and therefore understand if an open rebuke is necessary. Otherwise when we rebuke our brother or sister it is good to take them to the side and tell them of their wrong doing. And if after 3 times this is done and the brother or sister refuses to hear, then take them before the churchleader.
---milette on 4/22/05


Many are judged here, when it has been clear from what they say that they have repented and been forgiven by God, and are just asking for support & guidance for the future.

In such cases it is an impertinence for us to judge when God has already forgiven
---Alan_of_U.K. on 4/22/05


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I believe that we need to follow the example given in the bible,and JESUS did rebuke when necessary .Father,help us to be bold and couragous,you have given us the victory over the enemy.
---barbara on 4/22/05


Amen, and amen. Those people who do not want to change from their sinful ways love to throw the judge word at you!!
---Jan on 4/22/05


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