Lots of PASTORS of these days have
misunderstood and taught numerous passages of Scripture out of context, thus
earning most Christians do things that are opposite to sound teachings of Christ
Jesus and the foundational apostles, who have been used to build Christian
doctrines. A single of such points is the retributive prayers that are presented these
times from one’s perceived enemies.
Erring pastors typically quote
these passages of Scripture: “Since without a doubt God considers it just to repay with
affliction those who afflict you… (2 Thessalonians 1:6), “Alexander the
Coppersmith did me terrific damage the Lord will repay him according to his deeds”
(2Timothy 4:14) and “But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to
reign more than them, provide them here and slaughter them prior to me” (Luke 19:27).
Clearly, none of the
scriptural quotations over urges Christians to curse or pray for the
destruction or loss of life of their perceived enemies. They only give us
exhortation about God’s righteous judgment when Jesus returns. On that working day, God
will repay all enemies of Christ and His Church together with persecutors and those
who would not want Jesus to reign around them with affliction in accordance to their
will work they will be thrown into the lake of hearth to suffer eternal damnation.
Nonetheless, as we reside in
this planet, Jesus Christ instructed true Christians to like their enemies.
Jesus taught, “You have listened to that it was stated, ‘You shall appreciate your neighbour
and hate your enemy. But I say to you, ‘Love your enemies and pray for these
who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For
he helps make his solar rise on the evil and on the very good, and sends rain on the just
and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:43-45).
In truth, Jesus was
truthful, trustworthy and honest with His own teachings. He lived His personal phrases
and avoided a daily life of hypocrisy and contradiction. And so Peter bore witness
that when Christ suffered He under no circumstances threatened, that is, when He was insulted,
arrested, spat upon, humiliated, experimented with, sentenced and crucified, He under no circumstances
wished that His enemies died devoid of giving them the option to repent and
Even although hanging on the
cross in terrific anguish as blood oozed Him, the Lord Jesus Christ confirmed wonderful
compassion and mercy to people who crucified Him, and prayed a prayer of
forgiveness for them. “And Jesus claimed, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not
what they do” (Luke 23:34).
Plainly, you can see that
Christ does not shell out evil for evil, and His genuine ministers would also not
inspire believers to pray towards their perceived enemies as it is staying done
these days. Only phony apostles, prophets, evangelists, bishops do these issues
to dent the picture of Christianity to make it unattractive for individuals to consider
in Jesus Christ for their salvation they pray for their enemies to die in
It seems these
counterfeit pastors learn from the Aged Testament ministers who ignorantly
adopted some of the erroneous teachings of Moses. Remember the series of
erroneous teachings Jesus Christ corrected as recorded in Matthew 5:38, 39,
43-45. Therefore pastors who follow Jesus and learn from Him by no means pray that their
enemies die in sin. Rather, they pray that they will repent and be saved. We
need to all recall that we ended up when enemies of God, but God had mercy and saved
Small question, Stephen,
a person of the seven deacons, even in his instant of dying, went on his knees and
pleaded for the souls of those people who killed him. He prayed a comparable prayer the
Lord Jesus Christ prayed for His killers and mockers. What do these notify us?
Uncomplicated! It tells all of us that Stephen was a disciple of Jesus, and he
diligently learnt from Him.
Similarly, the apostle
Paul would not pray to God to kill his enemies. He also had learnt from Jesus
Christ and so wrote to instruct Christians in Rome declaring, “Bless those who
persecute you bless and do not curse them…Repay no just one evil for evil… Beloved,
hardly ever avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written,
‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, states the Lord.”
“To the contrary, if your
enemy is hungry, feed him, if he is thirsty, give him something to drink for
by so performing you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be prevail over by
evil, but get over evil with good” (Romans 12:14-15, 19-21).
The mistake numerous pastors
in our day have manufactured is their inability to interpret passages of scripture in
the light-weight of the concept of grace and reality which Jesus Christ and His early
apostles introduced. These pastors estimate scriptures and teach them out of
context to guide immature believers astray.
Now, if Stephen had cursed
or prayed for the loss of life of those people who stoned him to death, Paul would not have
been known as into ministry to create 17 books of the New Testomony. The Lord
Jesus Christ termed Paul right after he experienced supervised the ugly murder of
Stephen, and was nevertheless scheming to get far more believers arrested and severely
punished for their religion in Jesus.
And if Paul experienced cursed or prayed for the demise of individuals who arrested, mocked, flogged and stoned him, he would not have experienced the bravery to instruct Christians in Rome and in other places to under no circumstances fork out evil for evil. Paul suffered drastically as an apostle, but he never cursed his attackers he simply still left every little thing for the judgment of God.
By James Quansah