Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Logical Christian Reboot

Hello friends, I'm back.

I am dipping my toe into the waters again after a long break. I think today is a good day to reboot my blog as it is the Fifth day of the Fifth month of the lunar calendar, 5-5, Grace Grace :-)

Today, I am going to talk about something that's been bugging me for the past few weeks - the issue of throwing stones. Specifically, I want to talk about a verse often quoted by people admonishing others for daring to criticize church leaders:

John 8:7
7 However, when they persisted with their question, He raised Himself up and said, Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.

I have been reading CHC Confessions on Facebook for the past few weeks, and there are quite a number of people who like to use John 8:7 against those who criticized the actions of certain CHC church leaders.

I am sure many of you are familiar with this verse in John 8 where a group of scribes and Pharisees threw a woman caught in the act of adultery in front of Jesus and asked Jesus whether she should be stoned in accordance to Moses' law, and verse 7 is Jesus' answer to them.

Many people have used this verse to scold someone who criticizes a church leader for doing something wrong, implying that he is not qualified to do so since he's not perfect and must have done something wrong in his past. They believe that the moral of the story of that adulterous woman is that Jesus is the only perfect one and He gave the woman grace, and therefore we should do likewise.

However, if you read carefully, you will notice that Jesus did not say that the accusation of against the woman was false. Neither did the woman herself protested her innocence. All who read this story, especially those who like to use John 8:7 will agree that the woman was indeed guilty of adultery.

According to the Law, the adulterer and adulteress have to be put to death as punishment for their crime, and this is done by stoning. Therefore, throwing a stone at her is an act of execution, NOT an act of accusation.

When you point out a church leader's wrongdoing, you are not throwing a stone; the scribes and Pharisees were not throwing stones when they said the woman was caught in the act of adultery. Jesus invited them to throw the first stone to punish the woman for her crime; you are throwing stones only when you want to exact your own punishment on that church leader.

Many people have misused John 8:7 this way and the end result is that nobody will say anything even if they see wrongdoing within the church. If church members themselves want to bury their collective head in the sand in this manner, then rest assured that God will use forces outside the church to expose those wrongdoings.

He who has ears to hear, let him hear! 

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