Love Also Warns

This morning, I read an excellent essay entitled “Love Wins but Love Also Warns” written by Michael Brown over at Charisma News.

I suggest reading the article in its entirety at the link above. However, here are some important excerpts:

Love wins.

Understood rightly, it is gloriously true.

Love won on the cross, when God sent His Son to die for the sins of the world, repaying our evil deeds with the supreme act of sacrificial love.

[Love] will win in the end, as forever and ever, the Father’s family will enjoy His incredible goodness in a world without sin and suffering.

 

[But] love also warns. In fact, love that does not warn is not love at all.

The parent who doesn’t warn a chain-smoking child about the dangers of nicotine is not a loving parent.

The doctor who doesn’t warn a morbidly obese patient about the dangers of overeating is not a loving doctor.

The preacher who doesn’t warn his straying flock about the dangers of spiritual compromise is not a loving pastor.

Love warns with tears.

Love warns with brokenness.

Love warns with longsuffering.

Love warns.

That’s why Jesus wept in public as He warned Jerusalem about the terrible judgment that was at the door (Luke 19:41-45).

That’s why Jeremiah wept in secret when the nation refused to hear his warnings of impending disaster (Jer. 13:17).

[In] the words of the book of Proverbs, “Open rebuke is better than secret love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. … He who rebukes a man will find more favor afterward than he who flatters with the tongue” (Prov. 27:5-6; 28:23).

We are not called to tickle people’s ears and make them feel good. We are called to speak the truth in love, to have hearts of compassion and backbones of steel, to emulate the true prophets not the false prophets, to do the right thing rather than the convenient thing.

Oh that God would deliver us from a crippling, compromising, man-pleasing mentality!

[It] is true that love is patient and kind and is not irritable or rude (1 Cor. 13:4-7).

It is true that love does no harm to its neighbor (Rom. 13:10).

And it is true that, rightly understood, love wins.

But love wins because love warns, and if we walk in true love for God and our neighbor, we will warn.

 

Individuals who are reluctant to commit to any particular worldview often pick and choose what they like about different worldviews. The bad thing about this is that they aren’t really bothered if such ideas contradict each other. The only thing that counts in their own minds is “what works for you.” However, as will be demonstrated in the video below of an encounter between actress Ellen Page (who self-identifies as lesbian) and presidential candidate, Ted Cruz (a Christian), is that “what works for her” is more important; and in her mind obviously trumps,  anything and everything that works for Christian believers like Ted.

People like Page have the notion and belief that “any one system cannot possibly contain all truth.” This is a relativistic worldview which enables a person like Page to ignore, dismiss, hate, and even disparage biblical truth in order to keep her own way of thinking intact. Such attitudes and beliefs stem from secular humanism, postmodernism, and even the New Age movement.

The LGBT agenda movement HAS to attack and disparage the truth of the Bible because the Bible explicitly condemns their behavior – calling them to repent of their sin and  to be saved by the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross at Calvary.  Once a man or woman commits to Jesus as their Lord and Savior, we want to keep the Commandments of God because we love Him.  To those who refuse to believe in Christ, it is offensive to think that way.

Here is the video of the encounter:

[H/T Pumabydesign for sharing the video.]

What is interesting to me is the fact that at the end of the discussion with Cruz, Page absolutely refuses to ADMIT that they agree on one point regarding 0bama’s silence about ISIS Muslims and radical Islamic Shias in Iran and across the Middle East who are executing and throwing homosexuals off buildings because their  sexual orientation and behavior has been discovered!

My question for readers who are up to the challenge is why was it necessary for her to do that?

Hat tip: Charisma News

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7 Responses to “Love Also Warns”

  1. GMpilot Says:

    Dr. Michael Brown wrote:

    The parent who doesn’t warn a chain-smoking child about the dangers of nicotine is not a loving parent.
    The doctor who doesn’t warn a morbidly obese patient about the dangers of overeating is not a loving doctor.
    The preacher who doesn’t warn his straying flock about the dangers of spiritual compromise is not a loving pastor.

    There are certain other things a loving parent doesn’t do.
    A loving parent doesn’t tell his children they are bad, that they are always doing wrong, that they can never do anything good without the parent’s help. If they did, would you call them loving?
    Children learn by example as much as by what they are told. If a parent tells his child not to smoke but she sees the parent light up three times an hour, what does that child learn?

    The preacher who doesn’t warn his straying flock about the dangers of spiritual compromise has probably betrayed his own principles long before. Indeed, history and the evening news have stories about alleged men-of-god who did exactly that. Again, leading by example applies.

    A loving parent doesn’t kill his own child because a neighbor’s child did something bad, nor would he if his own child did wrong (however much he might want to). If he did, I don’t believe anyone would call him ‘loving’. A number of other descriptions, perhaps, but not that one. But one famous father reportedly did exactly that.

    “Open rebuke is better than secret love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”
    Whatever rebukes I may get come from self-appointed messengers who want to tell me what god said to them. Like a huge game of Telephone, the message always gets garbled. The god is never interested in telling me directly. Maybe the god’s not there.

    We are not called to tickle people’s ears and make them feel good. We are called to speak the truth in love, to have hearts of compassion and backbones of steel, to emulate the true prophets not the false prophets, to do the right thing rather than the convenient thing.
    I have never heard a pastor ‘speak the truth in love’ without an element of scorn in it. It’s almost as though they can’t help themselves. The right thing for churches to do is stay on the sidelines in politics; the convenient thing is to be partisan—and they are, thus degrading both politics and the church.

    I see you describe Ellen Page as one who ‘self-identifies as lesbian’, but you don’t describe Ted Cruz as one who ‘self-identifies as Christian’. I hear them both say that, but haven’t seen any evidence of it. I identify them both as actors, playing to different audiences!
    I don’t claim to know why she refused to agree with Cruz on that Obama point, but it might be because she dislikes Cruz on principle and doesn’t wish to be seen agreeing with him. I think that’s foolish, but it is possible.
    I think it also may be embarrassing for you to admit that Muslims take their religion way more seriously than the followers of Christ do. After all, your god also tells you to kill homosexuals. I’ve been asking you for years on these very pages why you haven’t been doing it, and you’ve constantly shrugged it off with phrases like “Jesus lifted that injunction”. Yet you haven’t produced anything in print or by implication that that’s true. The closest you’ve ever come is to admit “Jesus never mentioned homosexuality.” If, as you boast, “God’s Word stands forever!” then that means all of it, not just the parts you like.

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  2. christinewjc Says:

    Well…looks who’s back! The Talk Wisdom nemesis.

    Hey – despite disagreeing with some of the content of your comment, I must give you a rare “like” for your comment as well as credit where credit is due because you absolutely nailed the answer to the question challenge that I wrote regarding, “why was it necessary for her to do that?” [e.g. claim she doesn’t agree with Cruz on the 0bama question point]

    GM wrote:

    I don’t claim to know why she refused to agree with Cruz on that Obama point, but it might be because she dislikes Cruz on principle and doesn’t wish to be seen agreeing with him. I think that’s foolish, but it is possible.

    P.S.
    According to one of the sites where this video appeared, Ellen Page only recently ‘came out’ as lesbian in 2014. What is wrong with claiming that she “self-identifies” as lesbian?

    self-i·den·ti·fy
    (sĕlf′ī-dĕn′tə-fī′)
    intr.v. self-i·den·ti·fied, self-i·den·ti·fy·ing, self-i·den·ti·fies
    To believe or assert that one belongs to a certain group or class.

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  3. GMpilot Says:

    You knew I’d be back eventually. That’s what a nemesis does.
    You should also take note that once again, none of your fellow Christians rose to the ‘challenge’ of your question. It didn’t require knowledge of anything profound, just familiarity with human nature.

    …Ellen Page only recently ‘came out’ as lesbian in 2014. What is wrong with claiming that she “self-identifies” as lesbian?
    Nothing at all. What’s wrong is that you didn’t apply it equally to Ted Cruz. Or don’t you believe that the Senator from Calgary does not ‘believe or assert that [he] belongs to a certain group or class’ (i.e., Christian)?

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  4. christinewjc Says:

    My fellow Christian friends may be busy with their own lives (and, in some cases, their own blogs) and they may not have read this post yet.

    What was even more obvious about the Page vs. Cruz encounter is the fact that she was requiring tolerance for LGBT causes and beliefs, while ignoring the fact that her own words demonstrated her intolerance for Christian causes and beliefs.

    I have not researched Ted Cruz’ belief system. Is he a born-again, biblically based Christian? Is he Catholic? Which branch of Christianity does he adhere to?

    I do admire his ability to stand for conservative principles and how he demonstrates Christian values and morality. He has the unique ability to show the hypocrisy of those on the secular left who want to disparaged Bible-based Christians while the programmed-regressives in media, politics, academia, and Hollyweird choose to ignore and dismiss the violence, death and destruction of radical Islam.

    Self-identifying as a Christian does not always turn out to be true. Look at 0bama. His rabidly anti-Christian beliefs, thoughts, actions, political ideology, socialist mindset, unwavering support for Islam, hatred for Israel, “evolved” view of marriage, awful death-to-babies in the womb stance, and much, much, more; absolutely conflicts with his claim of being a genuine Christian.

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  5. GMpilot Says:

    CJW: My fellow Christian friends may be busy with their own lives (and, in some cases, their own blogs) and they may not have read this post yet.
    I’ve mentioned that possibility before, at other times when I’ve tackled questions your brethren have not. But this is the first time you’ve ever used that excuse!

    What was even more obvious about the Page vs. Cruz encounter is the fact that she was requiring tolerance for LGBT causes and beliefs, while ignoring the fact that her own words demonstrated her intolerance for Christian causes and beliefs.
    Since when has compassion been an exclusively Christian virtue? I don’t recall the inscription on the Statue of Liberty saying, “Give me your English-speaking, white-skinned, heterosexual Christian masses”.

    I have not researched Ted Cruz’ belief system. Is he a born-again, biblically based Christian? Is he Catholic? Which branch of Christianity does he adhere to?
    I don’t know, and if you feel what kind of Christian he is should matter to you, look him up. He’s a public figure now; that shouldn’t be difficult.
    But he self-proclaims he is.

    I do admire his ability to stand for conservative principles and how he demonstrates Christian values and morality. He has the unique ability to show the hypocrisy of those on the secular left who want to disparaged Bible-based Christians while the programmed-regressives in media, politics, academia, and Hollyweird choose to ignore and dismiss the violence, death and destruction of radical Islam.
    Bible-based Christians do a very good job of disparaging themselves. Proclaiming their book is one thing: following it is quite another, and it’s always the ones who do it loudly and in public who disparage themselves the most. They don’t need any help from the secular left.

    Self-identifying as a Christian does not always turn out to be true. Look at 0bama. His rabidly anti-Christian beliefs, thoughts, actions, political ideology, socialist mindset, unwavering support for Islam, hatred for Israel, “evolved” view of marriage, awful death-to-babies in the womb stance, and much, much, more; absolutely conflicts with his claim of being a genuine Christian.
    I have anti-Christian beliefs, and they aren’t ‘rabid’. You have anti-Islamic beliefs, and they are rabid. You have an absolutist mindset, unwavering support for Christianity, obsession with Israel, inaccurate view of marriage; your compassion for babies in the womb is limited only to American/Western ones, and much, much more; all of which conflict with your claim of being a genuine Christian.
    What you wrote above is mostly opinion, not fact. If you can disprove my opinions about you, yours against him are equally easy to disprove.

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    • christinewjc Says:

      Pressed for time today.

      The difference between 0bama and his ilk vs. Josh Duggar is that 0bama is guilty (through his own words and deeds) of an un-apologetic and obviously vicious and vehement anti-Christian ideology; whereas Duggar is guilty of personal sin which now he acknowledges, and admits, with humility and his need for repentance.

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  6. GMpilot Says:

    Pressed for time today.
    Then I’ll just leave this here, and you can attend to it at your convenience.

    What you say about Obama and ‘his ilk’ is opinion. Show me documentation. You and your ilk have been making these claims for the better part of a decade, yet none of it has had anything substantial. There’s been nothing that can be pointed to and and declared as evidence. If there were, things would be different now.
    What I said about those other Christians is documented, both in their own words and in police reports. As I said, when your enemy is drowning, there’s no need to throw him an anchor. They needed no help at all from the secular left to disparage themselves.

    Also, we weren’t talking about Obama at all: we were talking about Ted Cruz’ encounter with Ellen Page, and how ‘love wins but also warns’. Or so I thought.

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