The Outing of Sunshine Christians
Whose friend are you?
19If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
It is supremely ironic to see a Christian lament the lack of love they think Christians have for non-believers, be they atheists, homosexuals, or Muslims, or what have you, while out of their same mouth they speak ill of fellow believers in a manner that far exceeds anything the target of their animosity has ever done. On one hand, these types of Christians will choose to ignore or have grace for seriously offensive action by the “victims” of “Christians”, but on the other hand they will apply a microscope to magnify every little error or wrong a Christian does and publish that to the world to “prove” that THEY are a better Christian than these “frauds.”
Here are some things God has said to unrepentant sinners:
33Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
17The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
24The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
14Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.
16I made the nations to shake at the sound of his fall, when I cast him down to hell with them that descend into the pit: and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water, shall be comforted in the nether parts of the earth.
5Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people:
23And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
We have all seen this over and over again, someone who says they are a Christian who insists that we must “love” other people and not “judge lest ye be judged”, talk about their favorite “victim” group as if all we need to do is “love them and understand them”, ignoring whatever lies and offensive things they say about our Lord, Jesus Christ, ignoring them even when, for instance, atheists say Christians should not legally be allowed to teach their children about Jesus because it’s a form of child abuse or the homosexual who tries to assert that Jesus was Himself “one of us” (as in a homosexual).
This same person, who gets applause from their target group of victims and takes that as a sign that they are “reaching” them, will seize on any offense by other Christians, whether real or imagined, whether a protocol issue (one lady was extremely angry over a guest on a web-radio show whom she disagreed with and felt the host should not have had that person on, but she was not offended the week an atheist on the show openly admitted that he’d like to see Christian parents arrested for teaching their children about Jesus) or even a sin that a Christian committed and repented over publicly. What happens when the victim groups attack Jesus Christ or His People is that these sunshine Christians, who equate getting praise from their target group to “reaching them”, is that the sunshine Christian will have grace or just overlook this offensive activity, because they have become a FRIEND of the world rather than a preacher of the gospel to the lost!
Often these sunshine Christians profess to be “embarrassed” by other Christians, or, even better, they claim to be “embarrassed for Jesus” and appoint themselves as a judge over God’s servants as to whether or not their service to the Lord is “acceptable.” This is pride and vanity and self-importance, and it is “judging another man’s servant”, God’s! And why do they do this? Sunshine Christian do this to make everyone think THEY are the “true” Christian and everyone else is a “fraud”, which accusation they lob as carelessly at their brethren as their sinner friends lob blasphemies against Christ, blasphemies the sunshine Christian never even addresses!
Perhaps this is why I Corinthians 6 tells us not to “go to law before sinners” and why it also says we are to “prefer one another” and to love one another.
Whoever would say “unconditional love does not mean I can’t draw boundaries” as an excuse for publicly accusing another Christian of being a fraud over a disagreement, or even over a sin repented of, is not “loving” their brother and is in serious danger of the fires of hell. You see, Jesus made it clear, and it is repeated often, that “if we love God, we love one another”, and it is also clear that we love ONE ANOTHER, fellow believers, BEFORE we “love” non-believers. We can’t have a strict, unrealistic standard of near perfection without grace or forgiveness for Christians and then have tolerance for the worse kinds of affronts and blasphemies against God by non-believers.
I saw recently where a Christian had sinned and had repented and another person, claiming to be a Christian who believes we should “love and understand” and not “judge” non-believers, CONTINUED to attack this poor Christian despite the fact that they had publicly repented, and even went so far as to do it on a website that was dedicated to blaspheming God! They did this, tragically, all in the name of THEIR OWN REPUTATION, because they did not want to be “associated” with this kind of behavior.
Here are some ACTUAL postings by sunshine Christians who feel emboldened to take their brethren to task not only before, but IN CONCERT with people who DAILY berate, belittle, attack, and hound Christians and who blaspheme God daily:
I have no problem publicly denouncing “Christians” who preach in the name of Jesus and then make a mockery of Him.
because I had gone on ……to apologize to (the “victim” group this sunshine Christian was defending) for wasting their time. It was a beautiful moment.
I’m relentless when it comes to calling out people like that. I’m still furious about it.
They were so mad when I……went … and blasted them. But I wanted to distance myself immediately.
Thanks for pointing out that there are believers who have sense…
We need to reveal people like (NAME) and (NAME) and make sure all know what they are about…I feel sorry for those who are misled by them.
This next one is especially terrible, but it is only one example of the kind of behavior we see online as sunshine Christians ignore the worldlings who “respect” them while blaspheming Jesus, while making it their mission to CONDEMN and make accusations against Christians who are serving God, as best they can, and doing their best:
Yes, I know what you mean. The thing is, I love to root out the frauds along with you guys. They are infuriating.
This person is talking to a group of people who go out every day and HOUND Christians and speak the most horrible lies and blasphemies against Christ, and they are ALIGNING themselves with this group who pretty much call EVERY Christian who dares to say “Jesus is the ONLY way” a “fraud”. As the devil is the “accuser of the brethren”, trying to make everything Christians do seem much worse than it is, trying to silence believers by cries of “hypocrite!” over the smallest error or mistake, so too this sort of “Christian” is.
You CANNOT accuse the brethren in conjunction with people who are blaspheming God daily, all in the name of your “reputation” or in the name of being “accepted” by sinners and still call yourself a person who loves God. If you do not love one another, and PREFER one another, then you DO NOT LOVE GOD!
The internet is filled with such examples, although even in real life sunshine Christians are known to behave with much grace for the worldlings who deny God and blaspheme His Name and with much harshness and intolerance towards those who are of the Household of Faith.
Too often, we Christians kill or abandon our wounded and leave our spiritual children (new converts) to die on the side of the road: we are all too ready to “defend” the Name of God against what we think a Christian should not be doing while closing our eyes as the enemies of the Cross build up a public campaign to paint Christians as something they are not all so that they can do such things as outlaw even the PRIVATE teaching of our faith to our children.
You CANNOT say “I love God” and hate your brother, and you cannot say you love your brother if your “love” comes in the form of being overly critical, condemning, and publicly humiliating them by saying they are a fraud or by taking the side of those who blaspheme God all because the Christian may have done something that you don’t agree with!
The following two passages are extremely instructive and they pretty much speak for themselves:
6But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.
7Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?
8Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.
9Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
When you disagree with a fellow believer and then go out and think you need to “expose” them or “confront” them in the presence of and with the support of non-believers, you are not following this scriptural mandate, you are not walking in love towards your fellow believer, whom you are to love FIRST before any non-believer, and you are, tragically, not in right standing with the God who COMMANDED US to love one another!
The truth is, we are supposed to love another, and we are called to speak the TRUTH to the Nations, teaching them to observe all the commandments of Jesus Christ, who was, and is, and is to come! God does not mince words about ungodly lifestyles or behavior:
5I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.
6And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
7Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
That’s hard-core, it’s not pleasant, but it is exactly the truth and to say anything else is the hateful thing we can do for anybody!
One day, the people you think you are “reaching” because they say you are the only kind of Christian they can “respect”, will either go to heaven or go to hell.
If they go to heaven it will be because one of those Christians you spent your time complaining about told them “the Kingdom of God is at hand, REPENT, and believe on the Lord Jesus and you shall be saved!” Those people won’t thank you for your willingness to critique other believers instead of preaching the truth in love but in all its stark honesty.
Some of your “friends” who “respect” you and give you such “credibility” will never make the choice of salvation, they will end up in a devil’s hell, and when they think of you it won’t be with respect and love and admiration, it will be with contempt and hatred and bitterness!
We have to decide- are we friends of the world who are ready to accuse our very brethren in front of non-believers all so that WE can feel like we have the “respect” of the worldlings or are we friends of God who love the brethren, even in their mistakes and sins they repent of, knowing that the world cannot love you because you are not OF the world?
In closing, please read the following passages and pray that you are not being deceived into not loving your brother so that you can gain the approval of worldings who do not know your God and who hate your brother!
35By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
10Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
2With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
1 Peter 3:8:
8Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
32And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
10As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.