CRITICISM CHRISTIANITY

Posted: December 17, 2013 in Uncategorized
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“Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few.” — Ecc.5:2

 

Without question, it happens to every one of us who walks in Christ. Like the promise of the rising sun and the going down of the same, sooner or later, every person who does or will do anything for the Lord, be it preaching to hundreds to thousands, to cleaning the bathrooms of the local church will, at some point, face criticism. It seems like no matter what one does for Christ, there is always someone willing and ready to take any opportunity they can to say something negative about what we do for Christ, it’s almost a pattern, a vicious circle to which it literally seems to be no end.

I don’t care who you are and what you do, you could be the top leading pastor of a mega church, or you could be just a worker whose only job is to open the door every Sunday morning to greet the people as they come in, sooner or later, everyone will face the serpent tongued accuser with their form of religious decree. The problem is, it’s not so much what they say as it is why they say to begin with. To be clear, religious criticism serves a purpose and that purpose has absolutely nothing to do with you per se’ as it has more to do with what God has called you to do. Some might say they simply don’t understand why “so and so” said such and such, and while their words were indeed sharp, the reasoning behind their words are even sharper – their actually demonic in origin. Again, think the bigger picture here.

Revelation 12:10 says this about religious criticism, “And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.” Did you see that? ‘For the ACCUSER OF OUR BROTHERS…” Who is our accuser? Where does the origin come from which produces criticism? Satan. It always stems back to Lucifer himself. You see, it was Lucifer who first began the act of religious criticism to begin with. The great prophet Isaiah gives us a glimpse into this beings first act of rebellion against God, when Lucifer said with pride, “You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon.” (Isaiah 14:13)

Lucifer at some point began the path so many who have a religious spirit within themselves and it all starts with pride. “I could do that better” or “She only is asked to sing because she’s attractive” or “They only let him preach because his family is well off”, whatever it the charge, it all stems from one source – Satan. That’s why religious criticism always rears its ugly head when someone begins a ministry, or when someone begins to walk in the direction God has laid out before them, sooner or later, without hesitation, someone at sometime will level criticism towards the believer. But it’s how we react to such criticism that sets us apart from those who throw such fiery darts meant to destroy us (and make no mistake, such criticism is always meant to destroy!).

When we see religious criticism, one need look no further than Jesus himself, because if anyone suffered great criticism it was Christ. In Mark 3: 1-6 we see Jesus going into the synagogue, where he encounters a man with a withered hand. He tells he man to stretch for his hand, to the indignation of the Pharisees, Jesus healed the man and sent him on his way – healed. What was the response by the religious leaders? It certainly wasn’t warm and fuzzy salutations, but fiery darts of accusations – criticisms of the highest degree. It seemed that everywhere Jesus went doing good, the religious of the day had nothing but criticism towards Jesus. So why should we expect any different?

The fact is, regardless how we live our lives for the Lord, there will always be someone, somewhere who will have a critical spirit how we live, what we do and where we go. We see that today when it comes to many who spy out our liberty in Christ, they are not just content that we live free from the law, but they take it further and create laws which are not even mentioned and try to subvert believers under a system which has already been passed – religious criticism. So how do we deal with such criticism when it comes our way?

Paul said it like this, “Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” Colossians 3:13 The solution to those who come against you is this – love. Love is the key. Now while it’s true, you won’t be able to silence every critic that comes along, nor should you, because you can’t, the simple fact is this, no matter what you do, no matter where you go in life, if you do it for the Lord, Satan is going to use someone, somewhere to level a charge against you, it’s his modus operandi, and he always uses religious minded people to do his dirty work – always.

So what do you do? You pray for them, but you never yield to them – ever! Yielding to a spirit of religious criticism is yielding to the enemy, and Satan wants you to fail, that’s why even the smallest negative word which comes against you feels so hurtful, it’s designed to, why? Because words carry meaning, not to mention weight and even the smallest negative word is to do one thing, chip away at the greater wall God has placed within you to defend from the attacks of the enemy. So we gird ourselves in the word, being always led by the spirit, allowing the Holy Spirit access into our lives and then walking in that truth. When we yield ourselves to the Lord in every area of our lives, that’s when not only the spirit of the Lord will strengthen us, it’s also when the enemy begins to test our weak points, and that’s when he uses that very form of criticism, to undermine our walk. So prayer, a healthy study in the word and our faith constant in the cross will not only strengthen us in our walk, but it will protect us when the trials of life come our way, and many times in the form of religious criticism.

 

Christopher 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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