Christ regards injuring or causing a weak Christian to sin as a very serious offence. We are all human, so offences will happen, but our Savior pronounces woe on the person who offends and causes others to sin. Anyone who leads others into sin bears great guilt. Only a deep-seated wickedness attempts to confuse and destroy another's potential. A Christian's potential is so fabulous that he must do whatever he can to ensure it. No matter how important they are to us, we must abandon any worldly attachments, friendships, and employments that will lead us into sin, or we will receive eternal judgment. Of course, Jesus' illustrations of cutting off a limb or plucking out an eye are not literal, but He wants us to understand the stakes. It is far better to attain to eternal life without enjoying the pleasures of sin, than to enjoy them here in this life and be lost. Thus, Yeshua emphasizes that we must remove temptation and avoid sin at all costs.
First, God's angels watch over and aid His followers. Some of the universe's highest and noblest beings, who enjoy the favor and fellowship of God, minister to even the most obscure Christians! They are that precious to God.
Second, Christ Himself came to save the weak. He came in search of the weak and base that were lost, found them, and redeemed them, according to God's great purpose. They may be obscure and little in the eyes of the world, but they cannot be objects of contempt if Christ sought them and died to save them. To demonstrate further the reason why we should not despise weaker Christians, Yeshua illustrates the joy one feels when a lost possession is found. A shepherd rejoices over the recovery of one of his flock that had wandered away more than over all that stayed with him. Similarly, God rejoices when a person who has gone astray from His truth turns back to His way of life. In like manner, we rejoice most in our health when we recover from a serious disease. We rejoice more over a child rescued from danger than over those who were never at risk. We rejoice more when property is saved from fire or flood than when all was well and we took it for granted. Certainly, God's desires all to have salvation according to His joyful plan. He takes the most joy, however, from those who seem to defy the odds to grow and overcome more than others who are more naturally strong. The strong must "bear with" the weak, Romans 15:1, and together they will glorify God!
The Kingdom of Heaven is offered to those who are converted (change their ways to God's ways, have a humble heart as little children, and follow the commands of Yeshua/Jesus.)
4Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Whenever I testify for Jesus/Yeshua, I reiterate that in the kingdom of heaven people will be surrounded by people like themselves. Let us look at what the Bible says.
I don't tell people that they are going to heaven or hell. Instead I tell them, "you are going to a place with people just like you." This message is always received with joy by those that have a good heart, but those that are evil reply with obscene language. Why? Is it that the thought of being surrounded by evil people like themselves scares them? I think so; I think that all people, deep inside, know what they are, and know where they are going. Evil people fear the consequences of their actions, whereas good people jump for joy at the thought of being surrounded by more good people.
Therefore, not only we need to change and become as little children, but we need to beware of not offending other Christians. What did Jesus mean by "woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!" or what did He mean by "Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven."
We have to realize that we Christians are a "work in progress;" the same as little children have to progress in their learning of the world and how to interact with other human beings, we Christians have to learn how to interact with other Christians. That attitude of superiority and self-sufficiency that many Christian leaders have towards their flock and towards other denominations belonging to the Christian faith needs to change. We are all trying to do the work of God. Look at the example Jesus gives us.
This shows that we should not look down on other Christians just because they do not belong to our organization. How many churches have I visited that tell their fellow parishioners that they are the true church and all other denominations are wrong and are going to hell? This is unacceptable; this is not the way that Jesus told us to treat other Christians. That is what Jesus referred to when He said:
It is not the will of the Father that any one that calls on the name of the Lord Yeshua should perish. He wants to save all the people that call upon His name. So why are so many denominations falling into this trend of rejecting every other Christian that does not belong to "their" congregation? That happens because there is no love in their hearts. They just want a huge following to pump up their egos and their wallets. This is not a Christian attitude. Remember, we must be humble as little children.
Therefore, I am calling on all
Christians in whatever church they are a part of, to humble
themselves and repent of this sin.
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