Friday, May 22, 2009

Churches Mocking God? Part 2

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” Galatians 6:7-8 KJV

In part 1, the focus was on how some churches are mocking God by trying to make husbands and wives reap what they did not sow. Abused wives are encouraged to reap the evil and corruption their husbands have sown, and abusive husbands are protected so that they will reap the harvest of blessing their wives are told to sow. God is not fooled by this.

But what about those church leaders and their supporting congregations? How does the law of sowing and reaping affect them?

First, what are they sowing? Oppression, injustice, heartlessness, lack of mercy and compassion, reversing the truth, holding the innocent accountable for another’s guilt.

So if they reap what they have sown, we would expect them to reap oppression, injustice, being held accountable for another’s guilt, harsh treatment.

But first, lets see if we are taking the verses of sowing and reaping out of context. Are there other scriptures that say the same or similar things?

Isaiah 5:20, 24 & 25 says “Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil; that put darkness for light and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!...Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them…”

And Isaiah 58 indicates God won’t even hear the prayer or see the fasting of those who abuse others. He says in 58:6-7, “Is not this the fast I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? When thou seest the naked, that thou cover him, and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?”

There are plenty of scriptures that indicate God expects His people to evaluate and discern rightly, to set the oppressed free. Yet, by refusing to hold the abuser accountable, by blaming the wronged person, and by refusing to allow the wronged person to be freed from her oppression and to support her in that freedom, the church leaders and congregations are actively opposing God’s principles, blessing the evil-doer, and in the process mocking God’s law of sowing and reaping.

Are they reaping what they sowed? I suggest they are beginning to. These churches have high numbers in the anti-abortion, anti-same-sex marriage, and taxed enough already crowd, and the current president and those in his administration have referred to them as extremists and has alerted those in law enforcement to consider them as possible terrorists, while the real terrorists are referred to as poor souls who simply need to be listened to and understood.

Sound familiar? Aren’t some churches referring to abusers as poor souls, while they reproach those who are bullied and terrorized by their husbands?

In response to President Barack Obama’s speech to the Europeans, saying that the U.S. has been "arrogant, derisive and divisive,” (basically referring to the actions of the Bush administration which these churches largely supported) Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson says, “It's troubling that the President is uttering these lies about a nation he has sworn to lead and protect.” And haven’t husbands vowed to love and cherish their wives? And don't pastors vow to lead their congregations? What a parallel job description for those who either swear or vow! And both abusers, pastors, and president have not only failed to uphold their commitments, they put the blame for their own sin on others.

Again, those who adhere to the laws of God when it comes to abortion and marriage, are being blamed for being “arrogant, derisive and divisive.” These terms are very similar to the terms that both abusive husband and his church use against abused women—they are said to try to rule the roost, to not submit to their husbands, to be like Jezebel and rebel against God.

Beware! God is not mocked. Consider Matthew 7:17-20 “Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”

Jesus is using fruit trees as a metaphor for a person’s spiritual condition. The corruption that abusers and their churches that bless them are committing, suggests that they are capable of bringing forth evil fruit. That means they are in danger of being “hewn down and cast into the fire.” I take that to mean Hell fire.

“Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”

Waneta Dawn is the author of "Behind the Hedge, A novel" Please visit

1 comment:

  1. Well done! I just commented on another one of your posts (Hijacking Christianity), but wanted to make a quick comment here too.

    I really appreciate your pointing out that these churches, who make biblical stands on some major issues, also encourage the abusive husbands to continue abusing their wives under some extreme "Complementarianism" teaching (basically: Wives Submit--no matter what!). At the same time these churches reprove the wife when she reports the abuse. The very fact the church does that is the switch that Isaiah is talking about, calling good evil, and evil good, calling light dark, and darkness light.

    I hadn't connected that before, but it's right on.

    I started a blog not long ago about Mars Hill Church and Mark Driscoll, pastor of MH, because of what I perceive to be signs of spiritual/church abuse, and within that, abuse of women.

    I appreciate what you're doing because it seems like you, too, are fighting the good fight for freedom, yes, for male and female people.