Are you tired of all the hyper-judgmental Christians and wish people would just return to the simple love and acceptance of the early Christian church? Do you ever wonder what version of the Bible these people are reading? As one example, I recently read a short article (only about 600 words) by a best-selling Christian author that included an extremely long list of inflammatory language and name calling. Some examples from the article include calling people:
- Perverters of grace
- Unreasoning animals
- Loud-mouthed boasters
- Followers of ungodly passions
If that was not bad enough, the judgment heaped upon these people was downright shocking:
- Designated for condemnation
- The gloom of utter darkness has been reserved for them
- Their coming judgment was compared to Sodom and Gomorrah where the Lord rained down sulfur and fire from heaven
- They are predicted to perish as in Korah’s rebellion where the earth swallowed up Korah and his family
It would be so much easier to be a Christian if there were not people like this author in the churches. And, if Christians would come out with a strong reprimand for judgmental people like this author, I think the pews would not be so empty on Sunday.
If you have reached this point of the article and have not realized that this is all sarcasm, you had better go read your Bible. Unless it is missing the book of Jude, your Bible contains all that strong language in that little 600-word letter written by Jude, the half-brother of Jesus. If your version of Christianity does not allow for the language of Jude in denouncing false doctrine, then perhaps you should look in the mirror and realize it is just “your version” and not Biblical Christianity. In fact, it is probably “your version” of Christianity that Jude is warning others about. And, it is perhaps your condemnation that he is predicting.