When Does a Sinner Become Evil?

The Association of Biblical Counselors has come out with a checklist to differentiate between the “ordinary sinner” and one who is truly “evil.”

In His Word God identifies some men as evil…these are His judgment calls. We are not authorized to judge another man’s heart. Though a man’s actions may scream “evil,” we are not permitted to make that heart-call.

I object to the Association of Biblical Counselor’s assignment of the “evil” label, and find it especially offensive when Christians use it on those whom they have decided are worse than “regular sinners.”

I have found encouragement this week at the Christian community’s support for the Duggar family, as they continue to suffer the effects of sin. Jesus came to save sinners. The sins of the repentant Joshua Duggar are covered by the grace of Jesus Christ.

We shouldn’t be looking into the sins of others, and declaring a final judgment on their souls. That work belongs to God alone. Instead, we might make more of an effort at encouraging one another to overcome temptation, and to the practice of good works.

There remains hope, even for the “worst” of sinners. We should all humbly acknowledge that we’re a long way from being perfect, and thank God He is still working on us!

“Do not speak evil against one another…There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, He who is able to save and destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?” (James 4:11-12/ESV)

The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it. Adonai Eloheinu!

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  1. David

    May 28, 2015 3:47 pm at 3:47 pm

    Letting someone know they are sinning is not “Judging them”. To NOT say something is to enable their sin, which falls into the category of “tempting” them to sin. For Example;buying a drink for an alcoholic.

    7 “Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! (Matthew 18:7)

    Many inn the church today use the “thou shalt not Judge command” to enable sin in the church. Paul, was quite clear about someone like this in 1 Cor. 5.

    11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality (which includes Homosexuality) or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? 13 God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”

    All those preachers out there who are pro Homosexual marriage would fall into this camp, or are Homosexuals themselves. But that also goes for all those who are swindling the sheep of their money so that they can live in luxury and buy multi-million dollar private jets etc.

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