12 May 2014

Accuser Of The Brethren

If anyone has ever spent any decent amount of time in church, they would learn of a courtroom example often used by Christians to describe what it would be like before God on Judgment Day. Just so we don't get confused about what Judgment Day is, it's the short time at which you die and go to see your Father for the judgment of your sins.
The Accuser condemning you of your sins.

In this common picture, God is the ultimate judge and jury, Satan is the accuser or Plaintiff in the case, and you are the Defendant (the one being accused). According to Christians, if you believe in Jesus and have accepted him as Lord and Savior of your life, then Jesus shows up as your defense lawyer. Unfortunately, if you don't know Jesus, then he doesn't show up or simply remains quiet.

Of course this is a fictional scenario, but it's understood that Satan has a massive rap sheet on how badly each one of us have sinned in our lifetime. He presents his case before God (the Judge) and shows the evidence of everything he saw us do wrong. Satan claims that we have no right to enter Heaven because of all the sin in our life. God takes a look at the evidence and sees that the proof is clear and precise.

Finally, God turns to the defendant (you or me) and asks us to explain ourselves. If you are a Christian, then Jesus immediately steps onto the scene as your hero. Jesus immediately states, "I've paid the price for his sins. He is no longer guilty." Once God sees that his Son is representing the defendant, he proudly declares you "Not guilty!" You are left to enter Heaven.

However, this beautiful picture is not the case for those who haven't accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. When God turns to an unbeliever (a non-Christian) and asks for his defense, the unbeliever does not have Jesus on his side to defend him like the Christian does. The defendant quickly and nervously pleads his case, but God is not impressed. God sadly makes his verdict. With the sound of the gavel, God states, "Guilty as charged." The unbeliever is quickly dragged to Hell where he belongs.

But there is a problem with this picture. A big problem.

First, the Bible clearly states that Jesus died and paid the price for the sins of the world. Every Christian knows this. Every Christian knows that Jesus forgave everyone on the cross. Every Christian also knows that God sacrificed himself so the whole world could see just how good and loving God is and what he has done for us. Jesus did, in fact, forgive us of our sins. This has been written many times in the Bible.

So now let's paint a more accurate picture of what would really go down on Judgment Day.

God, Satan, and you appear in the courtroom. Satan reveals his rap sheet and declares each one of us guilty (as usual). God turns to us and says, "What do you have to say for yourself?" Before we can say a word, Jesus shows up in our defense and proudly proclaims, "I paid the price for them. They are no longer guilty." God sees this is true and proudly makes his verdict, "Not guilty!"

Do you see the difference?

Who does Jesus show up for when God asks us why we were not obedient and full of sin? Obviously, Jesus shows up for everyone he paid the price for, right? And who is everyone? The believer AND the unbeliever. That's right. Jesus represented everyone and canceled the debt of everyone on the cross. Period. This is a simple fact that has been true for thousands of years.
Those who point out sin in others, do not belong to Jesus.

This is quite contrary to the message that Christians continually preach. Their version of the story says that Jesus only paid the price for believers, therefore only shows up at the defense of Christians. However, the Bible clearly states that Jesus nailed all sin to the cross, for those who believe and don't believe. Just because someone doesn't believe doesn't mean it didn't happen. God's work never fails.

Let me go on. In Revelations 12:10 we learn about Satan (or the Plaintiff in this case). He is often referred to as the "Accuser of the Brethren" because of this verse. The verse says, the Accuser of the Brethren declares his brothers (and sisters) guilty before God "day and night." It is clear that Satan does not like it when Jesus shows up to defend others for their sins. Satan wants people to pay for their sins and be given justice for their wrong-doing. The Accuser is always out to get those who do wrong. This is his purpose.

Do you know anyone who acts like this? Do you know anyone who accuses others of their sin? Do you know anyone who sees everyone as guilty? Do you know people who claim no one is forgiven unless they believe, act and talk right? Do you know people who demand that everyone deserves to go to Hell?

If you answered "Christians," then you are correct. You could have also said Muslims or Jews. There's really no difference.

You see, Christians claim to be loving and forgiving, but if we take a closer look, we see they are indeed the opposite. Christians are the Accuser of the Brethren. They claim they know Jesus and believe what he did, but their beliefs and actions speak very differently. They say they are good people who are only trying to help, however, everything they believe is based on the fear of Judgment Day. They are what the Bible calls "a wolf in sheep's clothing." They are Satan in disguise. They claim they know God and Jesus, but all they do is demand people do the right thing. They are damning people to Hell and accusing them of their sins just like Pharisees did in Jesus' day. Whether they admit this or not, this is indeed the truth.

Avoid the Accuser of the Brethren. You will know them by their fruit. The fruit from the wrong tree.

No comments :