Casting Stones

As I continue to receive enlightenment on scripture, I continue to be amazed at how many cliches people carelessly throw around.

I was thinking about John 8:7 “So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”

 

This verse has been abused and has done more damage than good. This verse is used to prevent anyone from discussing or confronting sin. I can think of many situations where this verse was used to prevent someone from telling another church member their child was misbehaving or that they may need to keep an “eye” on their spouse. People would rather  “mind their on business” and let disaster strike than sacrifice feelings and address important matters.

Sadly, this self-preservation tactic takes place in church, work, and even in social circles.

The improper handling of this scripture hurts the body of Christ when it is used to defend false teachers.

Romans 16:17 says Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

When a believer marks a false teacher, scripturally  illiterate individuals are quick to say “Well we’ve all sinned and the bible says let he who is without sin cast the first stone?” Why is it that people are quick to defend individuals who make a mockery of scripture and twist it to satisfy their personal desires?

Many church-goers have not even read Jude 1:3 which says beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was necessary for me to write unto you, and exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

Cliche-clubbers do not contend for the faith, but defend a man. They reject the gospel and do as their own wicked heart desires.

In my study of John 8:7, one thing I learned was the pharisees were not able to stone the women because they had sinned.

Leviticus 20:10 And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbor’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.

The pharisees had transgressed the law by bringing only the woman and not the man. All were guilty and in sin. NO ONE could cast the first stone.

I am grateful we’re not under the law! If you have used this verse to correct someone for speaking the truth, I challenge you to dig in the word and seek the truth. It’s time to stand and contend for the gospel.
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I am a follower of the risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The purpose of this blog is to share my experience from when I was in the Word of Faith movement. Word of Faith road that seems right until the truth is revealed. I may never know why all this happened. But I can do my best to share my story to help someone else. Each and every believer is called to test all spirits and when there is danger, sound the alarm. Ephesians 5:6-17 reads "Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. " View all posts by experiencesinwordoffaith

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