A Cry For Justice

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Injustice in the Church is More Detestable than Injustice in the World

For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? (1Peter 4:17)

Then he began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. (Matthew 11:20-22)

And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I tell you that it will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you.” (Matthew 11:23-24)

When the Lord reveals His truth, He always holds the recipients of that truth accountable for believing it and obeying it. You see it in Romans chapter one for example —

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (Rom 1:18-20)

See it? “God has shown it to them….So they are without excuse.”

This is why Jesus denounced Chorazin and Bethsaida over Tyre and Sidon (pagan cities) and Capernaum over Sodom. Those Israelite cities had been given God’s special revelation in the Law and Prophets, and more — Jesus Himself had performed the mighty works of God right in front of their eyes. Yet they rejected Him. Divine woes are pronounced upon them.

It is one thing for the sin-darkened world to deal out injustice to the oppressed and downtrodden. Those evils will surely be called into account when the Day of the Lord comes. But what do we suppose is going to happen on that Day when those who claim the name of Christ, who hold in their own hands both Old and New Testament Scriptures, stand before Christ? What will Jesus say to them as He shows for all creation to see how they dealt wickedly with the oppressed? These people have read, have they not? —

Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Matthew 9:13)

What is unclear about that? Scripture even gives us plain examples of people who had NOT learned what this mercy principle means — the hypocrites and Pharisees. So the meaning is very clear. What then will church leaders and professing Christians do, what can they expect, when Jesus comes and it is revealed that they ex-communicated abuse victims, tried to force them to remain with their oppressor, and even justified and enabled the abuser? What will they do?

Jesus gives an answer in regard to Capernaum and it should make people who claim to be Christians, yet oppress victims, shudder —

And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to Hades.

We have all been blind to the deceptions and lies of wicked abusers hiding among us. All of us initially are taken in by these kind. It is the very nature of their disguise and cunning. But if we are Christ’s true sheep, at some point we hear His voice. The light of His truth comes on. His Spirit in us leads us to righteousness and shows us the evil that is hiding in our pews. We confess our blindness and sin and repent of it, then set out to do right and help the oppressed.

But today what we are seeing over and over and over in local churches is a real void of any such repentance. We see so many cases of people claiming Jesus’ name yet growing harder and harder and more and more stubborn in their insistence that victims must remain with their abuser and really share as much blame as the one oppressing them. We see well-known “Christian” celebrity type authors pushing the same old abusive dogma and the people love it so, scarfing up their books and audios. What we don’t see is the rare jewel of repentance.

Woe. Woe. Woe to you Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum. You think you will ascend into heaven? You will not. You will be brought down to Hades unless you repent.

Jesus says so.

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7 Comments

  1. Mark

    “Who by their unrighteousness they suppress the truth.” As long as they hold onto their unrighteousness, refusing to repent they suppress the truth. We have all experienced what it feels like when they suppress the truth. One endless circular conversation where you pour out every last effort to bring the truth you know will resolve the problem. The effort to bring healing and restoration. The truth to build that relationship you so long for but nothing comes of it. Not one bit of your effort, time explaining, results in what you have spent working towards. Why? Because their unrighteousness suppresses all your loving efforts of bringing God’s truth. Truth that could restore and build what is in your heart and God’s.
    Trust me the failures you have experienced are not of your doing. They own this one, “Who by THEIR unrighteousness they suppress the truth.”

  2. healinginhim

    Thank you for posting this. Whenever I have attempted to discuss these verses and the topic of “judgment to begin at the household of God” with those faithful congregants within ‘the church’ … I am either snubbed or just told that God is love, etc, etc. Judgment is a bad word unless of course ‘they’ judge someone.
    These particular fold also believe that abusers are welcome because ‘all have sinned’ … forget about the word ‘repentance’.

    • “Judgment is a bad word unless of course ‘they’ judge someone.”
      Bingo

  3. Anonymous

    “…growing harder and harder and more and more stubborn in their insistence…”

    This reminds me of Moses and Pharaoh. How many times does the bible tell us that it was due to Pharaoh’s OWN hardening of heart that God continued to additionally harden his heart even further. Remember, God kept hardening Pharaoh’s heart because Pharaoh chose to / wanted to / continued to / desired to have a hardened heart. It wasn’t because poor old Pharaoh had been abused as a child, or because Pharaoh had made some mistakes that we should forgive him for or because Pharaoh didn’t understand the power or nature of God. Not a bit. It was because Pharaoh loved the power and control and place of worship that HE was in, and refused to give it up! Did he appear to “get it” sometimes? Yes. It did appear that he had been broken when his firstborn died and when it hailed down on them etc., but as we know from the rest of the story in Exodus, this awareness of his sin and wrongdoing were only temporary. Simply a “burp” in time from his monstrously selfish heart.

    How many times was Pharaoh shown the power of God? (Lots of times.)
    How many times had he been forewarned to let God’s people go or there would be hell to pay? (Lots of times.)
    How many times did God withdraw punishment from him in order to give him another chance? (Lots of times.)

    What we have here is a wonderful example of how when some people who witness God’s love, power and mercy (through a loving and Godly wife / mother / friend / brother / father etc.) and have the chance (over and over again) to surrender and turn from evil, not only do they choose NOT TO glorify or acknowledge where this love came from–but they become EVEN MORE STRONGLY OPPOSED TO God because they want to continue to reign over others. This is not an isolated case as we know from other rulers throughout the bible, but is fairly typical.

    But hey. Let’s tell entire congregations of God’s children and let’s have the seminary’s teach it too.
    –That if a person wants to be considered a “good” Christian, they should endlessly forgive every person alive even when a person has shown (over and over) that they HATE God yet claim to be of Him.
    –That even when evil people show that they THEMSELVES desire to be worshiped and that they have NO DESIRE to change except in the most superficial sense and only long enough to get back into authority again so that they can continue to be in charge and thus be able to control and harm as many as possible, that a “good” Christian should spend even more time and pray on them instead of doing what the bible actually tells them which is to shake off the dust and have nothing to do with them.

    And if one of Jesus’s precious little ones is able to see the truth, let’s berate, ostracize, coerce, and bully them into submission! After all, it is far more important to have a pastor with spectacular “leadership” skills, (like Pharaoh) than one who actually belongs to Jesus and has Jesus’s heart. That’s biblical, right?

    • Mark

      Anonymous, thank you. This is so clearly written and very helpful. A clarion call to ” dust shaking.”

  4. NotAlone

    He will judge your people with righteousness and your poor with justice. The mountains will bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness. He will bring justice to the poor of the people; He will save the children of the needy, and will break in pieces the oppressor. Yes, all kings shall fall down before Him; all nations shall serve Him. For He will deliver the needy when he cries, the poor also, and him who has no helper. He will spare the poor and needy, and will save the souls of the needy. He will redeem their life from oppression and violence; and precious shall be their blood in His sight.

    Psalm 72:2-4, 11-14

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