The Matron of Matthew 18
This post was written by our reader who goes by the name Friend of the Oppressed. Thanks, Friend!
If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Matthew 18:15-17
- A married woman, especially one who is mature and staid or dignified and has an established social position.
- A woman who has charge of the domestic affairs of a hospital, prison, or other institution.
- A woman serving as a guard, warden, or attendant for women or girls, as in a prison.
Do you know The Matron of Matthew 18? She is a wife in the church and has the “ministry” of confronting others with their sins. She insists to know all the details so she may properly condemn and crush with the full weight of the law. She gossips under the guise of prayer requests. She knows what is best for “you.” She feels entitled to declare whether or not another is saved. She is harsh, unloving and demanding that others obey her “scriptural” rebuke. If one disagrees with her correction or refuses to listen to her harassment she brings her scorn like hell hath no fury. She is pleased to tell how one has failed to persevere.
The Matron self-righteously engages in hate-filled argumentation against other religions, abortion and gays instead of dispensing the truth in love and respect. It seems as if she delights in the idea of sinners going to hell. She shackles individuals in bondage to legalism. And she demands the burden of sin be placed upon the saints rather than on the Redeemer who bore sin once and for all; and in Whose name, the name of Jesus, there is no condemnation.
She hard-heartedly tells those in abusive marriages with or without adultery that “God HATES divorce!” because she hates. Rather than weep with those in oppressive, abusive marriages she dismisses their pleas and says such things as
“I pray you will obey the Word, not seek divorce, even if it means you don’t get a life of happiness.”
“If God wants to use your husband or wife to end your life, your life does not matter.” “To suffer and die ‘for Christ’ in your marriage may be required of you.“
What matters in her hate-filled, bitter ideology is marriage at ALL costs. Even if that cost is the life of a husband or wife and children to the insidious, murderous ways of an abuser, an abuser like her.
She repels the unsaved and the saved alike from Jesus. Dressed in her garments of sheep’s wool, she is a minister of Satan the destroyer. She is the epitome of cold orthodoxy without love.
She is the Matron of Mathew 18.