Part of my calling (being called as a witness for Truth) is to be an instrument by which people see their OWN sins for what they are. That is one of the, if not the, most difficult part of the calling.
Women, for example, have such a wicked propensity for putting their wares on display, as though it is good and righteous of them to be turning men’s eyes away from Christ and onto their bodies. Even InfoWars takes part in this with their latest commercials (When I am in the market for supplements I AM NOT in the market for being assaulted with a side view of a woman’s chest, or a back view of her backside; I’m looking for a supplement, not sex).
It is a difficult part of my calling because, inevitably, the one you are trying to save, through getting them to see truly and righteously, will turn and accuse you of sin because you have told them the Truth.
And this, invariably comes from people who claim Christ.
Part of the problem is that, in my experience, VERY FEW pastors have the courage to face this down, and therefore avoid it like the Plague.
In Leviticus 19:18, we are commanded to love our neighbors as ourselves, and in the Septuagint (LXX), the word they used to translate that idea of loving your neighbor into Greek was αγαπησεις, which means self-sacrificial love.
When we go in to that pit speaking that Truth, we are exhibiting that self-sacrificial love; when we refuse to, we are NOT exhibiting it.
It is somewhat well known, among scholars, that the single commandment of those given Moses on the Mount that really and truly broke Saul of Tarsus into becoming the Apostle Paul, was the tenth:
You must not covet (in other words, you must not desire). Therefore even thinking about wicked things is itself a violation of the Law of God.
It is also a violation of the Law of God to not sacrifice of yourself to ensure the salvation of others. Jesus addresses this in the beginning of Luke 17. In that passage He refers to brief ones. Many people take this to mean that He is only talking about children (brief ones in our fallen and wicked eyes). This, though, is the God of all creation that is talking. Who, therefore, are brief ones in His Divine and Holy eyes? Is it not each and every one of us? Yes, it is!
Jesus condemns with the threat of hellfire and eternal damnation the practice (whether intentional or just the result of blind, heartless, thoughtless, selfish STUPIDITY) of being an avenue of temptation for others.
I, therefore, will conclude with the reference of Matthew 6:13: “deliver us from evil”.
In fact, The Hymn for Today uses that verse.