If there was one chapter, at least from where I’m standing, in the Bible, is Matthew 18, especially this part:
15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.
It seems that a lot of people have contented themselves to be spies, talking behind people’s backs and never bringing the sin of the brother to him. It seems that its much more enjoyable to stab people in the back rather than obey the Bible. Righteous indignation is the phrase they use to cloak their disobedience, when all that it really is, is slander and back-biting. Indeed, sin is much more fun to do. Why cant people simply obey what is written here, I am not sure I will ever know. It seems that in my context, people feel more safe having others do Matthe
w 18 for them. and then when the confronted brethren react in anger, they all gang up and point to you as the bad guy, including the ones who brought the complaint! The Lord must grieve at this contorted practice of trying to bring the brethren into Christ-likeness. I wonder what kind of Christ-likeness such people were aiming for, when they stabbed you in the back?!
The other vanishing chapter that seems to be fading as well is John 13:34-35–
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Its quite obvious why I say this is vanishing as well. A lot of Christians don’t seem to see the connection between this and Matthew 18. If they truly loved you, then, they wouldn’t stab you in the back would they? If they loved you, they would truly be concerned for you and tell you the grave potential of sin in your life.
A communist shows more love in this!
Why are these portions of Scripture vanishing? Self. People want to run their Christian lives not according to the Bible, but as close to the Bible as they possibly can without being offended themselves; without curtailing the way they do things; to seem righteous as far as they can go, but not too far.
The God of self still rules. and if that’s the case, was there any cross at all in their lives?