A Family member has accused me of “preaching too much.” Is it possible to preach too much or to be too concerned for another’s Salvation? What is funny is I see this person 3 – 4 times a year at most and usually in large family gatherings. I have not said anything similar to “preaching” during these particular times. At most, I have sent a few emails that shared Scripture relative to the events going on at that time in her life. How can someone who says she is a “Christian” think a few scriptures are preaching too much? My concern is and always has been that having grown up in SBC churches, she feels she is a “Christian” because she says she believes in Jesus and has been baptized but yet has no interest in church, Bible reading, preaching, fellowshipping with other believers, etc. I recommended she read I John to see if she lines up with Scripture.
1 John 2:3-6 3 We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. 4 The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love b is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. NIV
However, of course, the “Christians” that have been caught in blatant ongoing sin will often be thrown up as an excuse. Why would she want to associate with them? They would just make her worse. Since she knows I am not perfect (which I freely admit) who am I to offer any advice, according to her. She says her interpretation of Scripture is different from mine. I contend that my interpretation and her interpretation do not matter – only God’s interpretation matters; scripture should interpret scripture.
I am praying for everyone who is trying to share the full truth of the Gospel with those who think they are “Christians” but deny the truth and power of Salvation through Jesus Christ alone.
1 John 2:9-11
9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. 10 Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him c to make him stumble. 11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him. NIV
1 John 2:15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. NIV
1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. NIV
1 John 3:10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother. NIV
1 John 4:4-6
4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 5 They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood. NIV