YAVO, INC., PRAYER PARTNER TAPE, JULY 1991
by Roy B. Blizzard, Ph.D.
Authority to forgive sins; Roman Catholicism; absolution; fasting; emunah; kingdom; judging; religion; humanist; responsibilities; pagan religious system; relationship; humanism; iniquity; stubbornness; idolatry; lost; save; sin; unpardonable sin)
Q: Can you kill a person or destroy a person with your mouth, because thatís what I felt she was trying to do to me?
Yes, absolutely, and thatís the reason it's a transgression that is considered so heinous that it's now beyond the congregational court. In our present-day system if you're dealing with people who are part of the same congregation, my suggestion is that you go to the pastor and the spiritual leaders of the congregation and let them know what is going on and let the pastors call in both parties involved, and let the pastors try to mediate the problem. It may be necessary for the pastors to, in fact, request from one or the other that they fellowship elsewhere for the good of the congregation. But that is not necessarily going to help the individual being slandered if that person has done everything that needs to be done and that person still has not forgiven them. Youíve done everything that you are supposed to do.. youíve forgiven, but there's something thatís wrong and you can obviously feel it, that there are negative things that are being directed toward you and it's having a physical effect on you.
The point is, it ill behooves us to speak of an individual as being a heretic. His doctrine may be in error, but it's not up to us to judge the individual.
In this context, the judgment that chapter 7 is talking about is really not
judging. It has to do with the way that we deal with our neighbors, and it's not even judging. It's probably best translated as with what measure you mete, it's going to be meted back to you. In other words, the way you treat somebody is the way you're going to be treated. If you donít give full value, you won't receive full value. Donít be worrying about the little splinter in your brother's eye when you have a railroad tie in yours. Try to get yourself in order and donít be worrying about your brother. Make sure that your relationship with your brother is right and donít be critical.
This is all summed up in verse 12: What you would have men do to you, do even to them, because this is the law and the prophets. That is biblical faith summed up in one sentence. We thought this business of being in right relationship with God was complicated. It necessitated, almost as the prophets and prophetesses of Baal, screaming and cutting of oneself and rending one's garments and crying out to God. Some church services I've gone to have been pretty close to that.
You see, what's being emphasized here is not what we do this way (^), but what we do this way (<-->).