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Don't Tell Me Your Bad Things

On Easter Sunday the pastor said that he did not like hearing people giving their testimonies by telling us about all the bad things they had done. "If God has forgiven and forgotten them why do we keep talking about them?" he said. Do you agree with that?

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Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."

Ephesians 5:19,20 "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs...; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;"
---Bruce5656 on 1/26/08

A pastor's wife told me, her husband did not want her glorifying their past by talking about it allot.
When I was a teen, I heard a speaker at church talk about his life of drugs before he was saved. I actually prayed to God that I could have some obvious enough sins. I may have thought, then I could tell what my sins were and how much Jesus changed me. Anyway, that was the wrong thing to pray for. It does seem some Christians brag about their past.
---Ulrika on 4/11/07

ps,I do believe that while a testimony of your past transgression is appropriate the object of god has forgiven and forgot is for your welfare. meaning you no longer need to keep beating yourself up with guilt over your past once your are saved.the biggest part of your witness is your changed life and if you don,t tell strangers how will they know?
---tom on 5/22/06

read pauls testimony of his conversion,how he was the number one persecutor of believers and actually gave them up to the authorities for judgement.he talks about how wicked and vile he was until he met jesus.strangers don,t know you this part of a testimony is needed to show non believers the power of changed lives through jesus.
---tom on 5/22/06

Lupe I agree with you absolutely. At testimony meetings that I have attended the word of God is also preached. Whilst giving testimony we, as individuals, should quote God's word where appropriate also. It is not just about telling stories with happy endings. If I give my testimony on a one-to-one basis I like to use scripture to illustrate what I am telling so that the other person knows that this is not just my own story or opinion. We need to show that God's word is true and that He keeps His promises.
---emg on 4/25/06

2. Later, in time, nothing changes, and they go right back to doing what they were doing before. They grabbed something that was not real. Experiences and testimonies are ways been use in this times to bring others to Christ. And many fall right back when those hopes prove wrong. As Christians we understand that to be saved we need to hear God's Word first. Its God's word that convicts the heart. The whole gospel. Not someone's testimony or experience.
---Lupe2618 on 4/25/06

Emg. I believe that giving our testimonies are helpful many times but within the brothers and sisters. It reminds us of what God has done for us and how we got here, as Christians. But what has happened many times is that when a testimony is given to unbelievers, they become emotional many times and make a commitment to God that is not valid. They hear what God has done and since they are in some kind of problem they think the same will happen to them.
---Lupe2618 on 4/25/06

There's a time and place for things. Does it give God glory? Does it help another? The Spirit knows, so follow His lead.
---christina on 4/25/06

Thanks for the replies. My own personal feelings about this subject is that we can often be helped to understand just how forgiving God is when we listen to what others have gone through and how much they have been forgiven BUT I believe that our testimonies should be regularly updated, telling what God has done for us this last year or month or week etc. and not just dwell on our awful past. God continues to bless and forgive, it isn't just a past tense thing.
---emg on 4/25/06

Sometimes I gladly and publicly give glory to the Lord for changes He has made in my life. But I am ashamed of some past sins ..don't like to think of them or talk about them even though I know I'm forgiven and the Lord has removed them as far as east is from west. I might share certain things on a 1:1 basis, but cautiously. Some people, especially the immature, are suggestible enough to consider some sins "exciting" and will experiment, presuming on God's forgiveness.
---Donna2277 on 4/21/06

I think when we say anything if should be How far the Lord has brought us In to a new life and sometimes it may help another person
That may be going throught something
---Betty on 4/21/06

We all can learn from our mistakes as well as someone else's. Maybe the reason why we go through some things is to help someone else along the way that is going through the same thing. It is okay to talk about where God has brought us from but don't boust about how we once was.
---Rebecca_D on 4/20/06

It reminds me of when I used to go to 12 step meetings. Sitting there and listening to people talk about how bad they were and all the bad stuff they went through....not my cup of tea.I agree. Live today and let the past be.
---sue on 4/20/06

Past sins should not be glorified, but it is effective when someone stands up and says they were an absolutely horrible sinner, without any value at all, and "yet, Jesus loved and saved me"
---alan8869_of_UK on 4/20/06

It is sometimes appropriate to share the bad stuff, before Christ, with people. Many unsaved people believe they are too bad to come to know Christ. Sharing what God has done in the transformation of our lives with an unsaved person can be good.
---Madison on 4/20/06

Yes, I do agree. Some of the things I have done make me depressed if I think about them. God has put them far, as far as the east is from the west. That is a loooooooooooooooong way. Praise God for that.
---shira on 4/20/06

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