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7/1/15 - A small group of ten Christians

Published: Wednesday, 01 July 2015 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.  This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.  In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.  Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.  1 John 5:1-5

Imagine a small Bible study group of ten people that meet once per month in one of the attendee’s homes.  The group is composed of five married couples.  They have been studying the commands of Christ.

One Saturday, a guest speaker was invited to lead the group.  It just so happened that on the same night, one of the couples invited another couple to join them.  When it came time to meet, the new couple arrived and it was a same-sex couple.  At first, there was significant tension and eyes moved quickly from one person to another.  Everyone seemed to be waiting on someone else to do something.

At this time, the guest speaker arrived who turned out to be Jesus.  He said that He knew the group was discussing His commands, and said that His teaching goal for that night was to identify those who did not obey His commands.  When He said that the ten original members knew immediately that He was talking about the same-sex couple.  Many thought that Jesus would take command and politely ask the couple to leave.  However, the ten people were in for a surprise.


Jesus looked into the eyes of everyone there and asked if any of them had sinned.  All but the same-sex couple raised their hands.  Now, the ten original attendees knew Jesus had the same-sex couple right where He wanted them.  Jesus then asked if anyone had ever gossiped or envied, they should move their chair about three feet back from the circle.  At first, no one moved, but Jesus maintained His focus on everyone at the same time.  Each person felt that He was looking into their own soul and no one else’s.  Finally, after a few tense quiet minutes, three people stood up and moved their chair three feet back of the circle.  Obviously, this made the three people feel embarrassed and not part of the group. 

Jesus then asked if anyone had lied to move his or her chairs three feet back from the circle.  Two people responded to His request.  All of a sudden, several people realized that they had forgotten about the same-sex couple.  Their focus had become on their own sin.  Jesus then asked if anyone had become angry or had lust in their heart to move their chairs three feet back.  After this there were only three people remaining in the circle: Jesus and the same-sex couple.  Jesus then told the ten who had moved their chairs, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at them.  Has no one condemned you?  Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” John 8:7-11

This is a fictitious story except for what Jesus said.  The following are truths from God’s Word regarding the incident above.  I strongly encourage you to read the supporting verses.  Believers are not to judge others (Matt 7:1-5 and Rom 2:1-3); God says He will judge everyone (Rom 2:16 and Rev 20:12-13).  Believers are to accept any sinner who genuinely desires to grow closer to God (Acts 28:18-29).  Believers are to encourage the weaker Believers to mature in Christ (Heb 10:24). An outward appearance of sin is so much easier to see and pass judgment on (John 8:1-6).  Internal sins cannot be seen, but are manifested by a person’s behavior over time (Rom 3:20).  The church is to discipline with grace anyone who practices sin (over and over), regardless of his or her sin.  One sin is not greater or lesser than another sin (Rom 3:9-12).  It takes only one sin to be separated from God for all have sinned and fall short of His expectations (Rom 3:23).  By the way, Jesus asked if anyone was a lover of their same sex, and the same-sex couple humbly moved their chairs. 

Jesus closed the meeting with this prayer, “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.  This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his or her deeds will be exposed.  But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Romans 3:14-20 and Colossians 3:12-14

And all the people said, “AMEN!”

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