by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – SINFUL Sensitivity
Editor’s note: And the last bit, all the blaming and shaming that you could want over these three emails asking for advice. Did you expect anything less from Michael? He is decrying ever worrying about how you approach people if you make an attempt not to hurt their feelings. Newsflash Mr. Pearl – Jesus wasn’t a dick when he corrected others, except for the time he overturned the tables in the temple, but that wasn’t personally attacking any individual.
You have read three letters from women who are reluctant to act for the good of their children because they did not want to offend anyone. This is a very common mentality—so common it is the norm. This sensitivity to not offend is a symptom of this hedonistic generation. The last virtue of a wicked society is tolerance. A sinner will throw away all the Bible, but still quote, “Judge not that ye be not judged.” The liberal becomes righteously indignant if anyone promotes any virtue other than non-judgmental tolerance. The Christian liberal calls judgment legalism, while the infidel calls it bigotry.
The Bible never commands us not to offend people; quite the contrary. Personal feelings are of no consequence. Truth, justice, and righteousness are what we should seek. If people have their feelings hurt because they don’t want to face their sin or neglect of child training, which should never deter us.
When the Scripture tells us not to give offense, it has absolutely nothing to do with feelings. Look up the word in a concordance and examine every time it is used. A Christian is not to cause another believer to be led to sin against his own conscience in regard to the questionable thing he allows. Or, in some cases, an offense is to break the law of God and thereby cause others to lose respect for the truth. Never are we told to regard the feelings of others above truth or justice.
Jesus “offended” people regularly. God proudly called Jesus a “rock of offense” (Romans 9:33).
“And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.” Matthew 13:57
“Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? 13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. 14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” Matthew 15:12-14
It amazes me that mothers are willing to protect the guilty at the risk of the innocent and helpless. Mother, get some teeth and claws. Ride to the rescue with horn blowing and saber waving.
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