Jesus did not say that | News from the Pampas
By Mike Sublett
Don’t you hate when someone misquotes you or quotes you but distorts what you meant? I’m sure Jesus feels the same. And when that happens to Him, we can be sure that He didn’t say anything bad to cause the quotation or the misrepresentation.
Example # 1- John 8: 1-11
Especially in our modern culture, this event in the life of Jesus can be one of the most popular of all. This is the occasion when a group of hard-hearted, lying Pharisees and priests use a woman to set a trap to discredit Jesus. As always, he saw through their trap and their lies and turned the tables. “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at him. Even these hypocrites saw their sin and left. So the only person there who was “sinless” said, “So I don’t condemn you either.” No Jesus stone.
This is where misrepresentation occurs almost all the time by preachers, teachers, Christians and non-Christians. This is the story where usually only the compassion and forgiveness of Jesus is emphasized or even mentioned. In fact, most people go away believing that Jesus, out of love for her, simply neglected her adultery. This story is used to challenge Christians to take a soft line, or no line at all, with homosexuality, transgender people, abortion, adultery, premarital sex, etc. Christians are supposed to take a soft line because Jesus did. AND THAT’S A BIG LIE!
Jesus ended their meeting with “Jesus said. “Go now and leave your sinful life. “”
Jesus called her adultery SIN and then He told her (not asked her) to STOP living that way. Does this sound like a “soft line” with SIN? Not hardly. Believers must STOP distorting Jesus. Does he love sinners? ABSOLUTELY! Will he tolerate their SIN? NO! No repentance, no forgiveness. Repent = forgiveness.
Example # 2 – Matthew 7: 1-2
How many times have you heard the words, “You have no right to call what I do sin because Jesus told you NOT to JUDGMENT So stop judging.” Did Jesus say the words DON’T JUDGE? Let’s see. In Mt 7: 1, Jesus said, “Judge not, or you will be judged. So, yes, He said the words, “Don’t judge,” but then He spent 4.5 verses explaining what He meant. Why? Because he knew how his words would be misused by everyone, believers and unbelievers.
He first explains that those who judge someone regarding their sin will be judged in the same way. If you confront someone about their lie, then God will examine you closely to see if you are a liar too.
Then he clarifies its meaning by saying, “Hypocrite, first remove the board from your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the straw from the other person’s eye.” He is not saying not to tell someone about the sin / stain in their life, but to examine yourself for your sins first, “then you will see clearly to remove the stain / sin from the eye of the other person “. You see, confronting another believer regarding sin in his life is scriptural (Ga 6: 1; Mt 18: 15-18; Ja 5: 19-20; 1 Jn 5:16; Jude 22-23) However, only for those who first examined themselves.
Conclusion? Don’t misrepresent Jesus. Know what he is saying and know what he means. Then accurately represent Him. God protects you.
Mike Sublett is pastor at Hi-Land Christian Church, 1615 N. Banks St., Pampa, Texas 79065. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.