I thought it would be good to review stuff Jesus never said.
After all, all kinds of perversions are practiced by many who claim to follow the Messiah.
Particularly, the area of human sexuality and family life are trouble spots for many so-called believers in the God-made-man.
Given the present state of our culture, we need to take a step back to assess. Make no mistake, we live in a cesspool of filth and garbage. This fact becomes most visible when examining pop wisdom in the areas of human sexuality.
Particularly, think of the deplorable messages conveyed to the youth of our culture by the mainstream media, the music industry, and the film industry.
The Christian faith has been banished from the public square. And as a result, our society continues to collapse. Want proof? Look at these four gems:
1. One of the stuff Jesus never said was this: “Amen, amen, I say to you, if it feels good, then just do it.”
Such an outrageous statement, I know. No way would Christ ever state such a thing.
Yet, isn’t this how Christians treat their faith? Do not many of them act as if their pursuit of sexual pleasure eclipses God’s moral law?
How many Christians use porn? What percentage of Christian churches fail to do their spiritual work of mercy to admonish the sinner in this realm?
Worse yet, many Christian churches and pastors tolerate abortions by their congregants. What a scandal! ((PRIOR POST))
Instead, here’s what Jesus really said in His Sermon on the Mount:
“If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell” (Matthew 5:29-30).
In short, Christ calls on His followers to avoid sin so as to save their souls. How few Christians are willing to deny themselves anything, yet profess to be ardent followers of the Messiah?
2. Another of the stuff Jesus never said was this: “You deserve happiness here on earth. Thus, anyone may divorce his wife to find another.”
Divorce has become so commonplace in our culture one has a hard time remembering God hates it (Micah 2:16).
Our society tells children marriages are not necessarily meant to last. In so doing, children learn that love is not permanent. So much for a stable society, eh?
What Christ truly said was this:
“For your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for unchastity, and marries another, commits adultery” (Matthew 19:8-9, cf. Matthew 5:32).
How many Christians contemplate their own judgment? We all will die someday. And we will all stand before our Judge.
If only every Christian thought ahead to this. I wonder then, how many marriages would never have been entered into. Or, how many would have never been ended. God only knows.
3. Adding to the stuff Jesus never said was this: “Hear ye, all ye faithful. Looking unto one another in kindness includes viewing one another in lust.”
Whoops, Christ did not say this one either. Yet, is this not what our culture proclaims to be true? Are we not expected to objectify one another? Does our culture not encourage us to use one another and then to discard?
What Jesus actually said can be read in Matthew 5:28, “But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
See how Christ succeeded in raising the moral high bar? Immorality can be found in one’s actions, no doubt. But now Jesus comes along and says someone can be guilty of grave sin in his thoughts and desires.
Are you willing to bet a majority of Christians hold themselves accountable to this truth? I didn’t think so. Who is out there imploring our youth of this truth? Anyone?
4. One more example of stuff Jesus never said to give you: “If you wish to be my disciple, pass this on to the entrusted to your care: the path to heaven is wide and God cares not if you obey Him.”
You would think we have no obligation to our youth, given the hedonistic lives so many so-called believers lead these days.
God is shut out of the public square and rarely gets a mention at the dinner table. Our society is falling apart because we chose to ignore God. As a result, we are in need of repentance.
We are in need of teaching the youth wisdom gained from the errors of our ways. Instead, too often we give them scandalous examples. Woe to us!
Here’s what Jesus really said, “…[B]ut whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matthew 18:6, cf. Mark 9:42, Luke 17:2).
Woe to us, indeed!
What are your thoughts on these examples of stuff Jesus never said?
Do you have your own examples?
Please comment below.