“Be not Easily Offended”
Why do people get offended knowing the nature of the enemies of Christ? Being a Christian that is living a life worthy of the name is no place for the faint of heart.
We are told right in the Bible a sobering supernatural truth. We WILL be persecuted. We are told that if the world hated our Lord, it’s going to hate us too. Jesus assures us that tribulations will come and go, but to keep faith in him and stagger not (paraphrasing). One question… Who is Jesus talking about in this chunk of scripture?
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Offense in the Church
Is Jesus talking about a generalized population (everybody)? No. He is talking to believers about future believers. Is this happening today? Well it’s happened to me! I witness it happening to others all the time. You’d expect it coming from non-Christian sources but no.
Typically it comes from within, and most often because someone doesn’t adhere to a non-biblical doctrine. Other times it comes when someone hasn’t rightly discerned the Word and takes it completely out of context then vilifies anyone not seeing things the same way. These are either easily offended, or wind up offending others.
So why do people get offended? Pride is rampant in the Body today. And when you get into religion, you quite often butt heads with religious spirits feasting off of unwitting participants. And it’s not like we are without problems coming at us from outside the camp. There are organizations out there created by Luciferians designed specifically to get into any of the social outlets and infiltrate and cause division in the body of Christ. These are sent out with a screen name where it is something biblical as the first or second part of the name. This is not to say that all people with this alias structure have to be Luciferians, but is a tactic often used to appear less suspect. The mission for them is to divide and conquer, or at the very least mislead.
There are many resources to back this. Info is out there and easy to find if you’d like to look it up. Russ Dizdar is a good name to look up on the issue. I may do a future post solely on this topic, but now I guess the point I’m trying to make is, there are many of legit reasons out there to be offended by just about anyone.
Offense from Outside the Body
Well, with all the garbage that people say concerning the Lord of our Lives, the Author and Finisher of our Faith, are we to become offended at the things they say about Jesus? I mean, doesn’t it behoove us to be offended? God is fully aware of how people that curse him have no idea what they’re doing. Jesus points this out as they were all killing him,”Father forgive them, they know not what they do“. Here’s another supernatural truth: The spiritually dead haven’t got a clue what they’re really doing concerning spiritual things.
The gospel according to John says something interesting about this:
16 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. 2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. 3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.
If they’re doing it to you, they’ve already done it to Jesus. How can’t we get offended in the face of what’s offensive? My suggestion is to break into the supernatural truth concerning these things. Look at things through a spiritual perspective. Are you very productive spiritually when you’ve taken offense at something? Probably not.
If someone is behaving possessed, chances are they are. Pretty simple. Deal with it using the Word of God. Do you have your armor on? Use it. Don’t hide or run, or get so offended that you become spiritually useless! Take up the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God and use it. If you are unfamiliar with this please read the entirety of Ephesians chapter 6 & check out the Spiritual Warfare section of this site to acquaint yourselves with the weapons of our warfare. Study it well.
Who is going to hell faster, the person that doesn’t have Christ in their lives and has a happy go lucky, non offensive live and let live attitude, or the satanist who mocks and curses God in your face? The answer is there’s no difference in the grand scheme of things and one will wind up in hell just as quickly as the other. They know neither the Father nor Jesus and are either unaware of or have rejected God’s gift of salvation. Is there anything anybody can say or do that God has never heard before? There’s nothing new under the sun.
The fact is, Jesus died for them too & both have the chance of Salvation, and you don’t know what God is doing behind the scenes in their lives and behind whatever front they display. We are not appointed to give up on the unsaved but to be fishers of men. Besides, 99 percent of the people cursing God and Christ Jesus aren’t trying to offend someone they don’t think exists, they’re trying to offend YOU who they know exist. Like I said earlier, they’ve got no idea what they’re doing spiritually!
In the past, I’ve heard this verse used to defend ignoring, or literally giving someone to Satan when confronted by a person trying to harass them:
1 Corinthians 1
4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
Well, who’s Paul talking about? A believer! If he was not, he would not have said anything about the spirit being saved in the day of the Lord Jesus Christ, because he would not yet have been saved. It was someone committing fornication in the church, and it appears that somehow the church was good with it. Paul was reprimanding the Corinthian Church! Not someone unsaved outside the church! Context! Put the Word of God into context!
A Biblical look into Temp+erance
The answer to an offense is temperance. We are called to be temperate. It is truly a fruit of the spirit that is diametrically opposed to taking offense. But temperance does not happen by being offended, but is spiritually discerned. Let’s look at Temperance.
And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.
1 Corinthians 9:25
And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
2 Peter 1:5-7
5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
All of these are worthy of a good prayerful study, and once well received and in your heart, may cause your blood pressure to stay at a cool pace in the face of confrontation.
If you don’t know your Bible very well, it’s difficult to really combat any adversary concerning these types of things. So get into the Word! Study it prayerfully and renew your mind with the washing of the Word! This isn’t brain washing, because the Word of God effects matters of the heart, and the Holy Spirit comes in and causes spiritual truths to have a physical impact. You can not solve a spiritual issue by physical means. Get into the Word and get the Word into you and learn to use it properly in the face of all things!
I hope at least this helps a bit concerning being easily offended. We can’t always look at the world through stained glass windows, and sometimes are required to deal with what makes us take offense. So if God sits in heaven and laughs at his adversaries, why do people get offended?