DON’T BE A REVILER
The apostles had forewarned, “that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; holding to a form of godliness, although they denied its power; and avoid such men as these” (II Tim. 3:15, New American Standard Bible).
Revilers came from the word revile. Revile is defined by the dictionary as, “to condemn, lambaste, to speak about someone in a very critical or insulting way and speak of abusively, to assail with contemptuous language and spread negative information.” Most of the time, if not all the time, revilers base their actions and words on “malicious gossips and negative informations” or disinformations which either they themselves have fabricated or their fellow revilers have fed them. These in turn are blindly accepted and further disseminated by more gossipmongers, as if they know the real story, which further aggravate and complicate the problem until it becomes like wildfire that threatens to consume the whole forest and anything that gets on its way.
What is so sad and paradoxical is the fact that reviling is often found among those who claim to be “true Christians,” many are supposed to be respectable ministers of the Church and now, even among the so-called “defenders of the truth,” although they are aware (not unaware), that what they’re doing is unbecoming of a true Christian and contrary to the truth written in the Holy Scriptures. This is the reason Apostle Paul describes them as, “holding to a form of godliness, although they denied its power.” According to Apostle Paul himself, God’s power which revilers deny is the “gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes …” (Rom. 1:16). Many ministers, some are children of pioneering ministers or of the heroes and martyrs of the Church indeed have become “lovers of self, (and) lovers of money,” thus, have completely forgotten that they were appointed by God to become preachers of true “godliness” and the “true gospel of Christ.” They are the counterparts of people “whose foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools” (verse 21). The reason they became fools is because “they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, (so) God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting” (verse 28). Furthermore, “the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness” (verse 18).We are hoping and praying that no one will follow their unchristian way of life such as reviling those whom they consider their enemies, for it has not only tarnished the once impeccable image of the Church but has brought upon it unimaginable destruction.
To the ministers of the Church who pretend to have seen nothing despite the glaring wickedness committed against the Church, instead, allow themselves to become instruments in persecuting and oppressing the righteous, this is what we can say: We are not losing hope that soon God will have mercy on you, touch your heart, and give you the courage to do what is right which is to prioritize the welfare of Church instead of your own.
To the revilers,
please listen to what our Lord Jesus Christ teaches:
Minister of the Gospel
February 27, 2016