Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach.  For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.

 
 
 

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5-27

REBUKING A BROTHER

An inquiry from a young sister in the Lord

Pastor John:

I have a question. If you see a brother or sister in the Lord doing something wrong, as in a lifestyle choice, but they think there is no problem with it, should one mention it?

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Absolutely yes. In the Old Testament, God commanded His people to watch out for each other and to reprove one another if they saw a brother or sister wandering off the right path. In Leviticus, right before the famous verse that Jesus quoted ("love your neighbor as yourself") is this: "You shall not bear hatred for your brother in your heart. Though you may have to reprove your fellow man, do not incur sin because of him" (New American Bible-for Catholics). That translation is not as forceful as are some others, but we can glean from it that speaking up to warn a brother is the will of God.

Paul also exhorted the saints to speak up against sin when he told them to "have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them" (Eph. 5:11). And when Paul saw the need, he repeatedly proved that he was able to do that to God's children. And, of course, Jesus provokes us to prepare ourselves to do the will of God in the face of unkind reactions against the light when he told his earthly brothers, "The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it, that its works are evil" (Jn. 7:7).

So, yes. Mention it . . . and hold on to your love and faith!

Pastor John

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