Who among us is blameless?
The expression for sure is used in the qualifications of a Bishop. But not all Bishops are perfect and they are not all blameless.
I am reminded of the time Jesus stooped over and wrote something in the sand, something like, “He that is without sin, let him cast the first stone.”
I want to say that all of us, each and every single soul that claims to be a spirit-filled Christian is responsible for the condition our Churches are in today.
None of us are without blame. Ministers who preach harsh principles or ideas that are not absolutely backed up by scripture, lord over and rule their people with an iron fist and help scatter and drive souls into the streets are not blameless.
State or sectional leaders who play who’s who and Church politics and promote respect of persons are also not without blame.
Saints who condemn others for not following their particular ways and means, taut doctrine and standards more than love for one another and shun even their own families or not without responsibility.
Those who swallow everything they are told and never open their mouths to speak out against false teachings or misuse of power in the Church are not without blame for the condition of some of our people.
We who never question authority or ever really speak up at all, are not blameless.
Those who cause division in the Body of Christ and keep causing a split within Churches and fellowships and the split makes a split and they deny love and fellowship to one another and smear one another are certainly not blameless before God or man.
Our people who go from super conservative to super liberal with no order or discipline at all and dress like movie stars with no restrictions and resist all authority belong in this group.
Musicians and singers who are arrogant and put on a show in God’s house and compete in the flesh on God’s platform and fool people into believing they are truly anointed cannot say they are without blame.
Those of us who have seen others fall and did not lift one finger to help them but wagged and pointed our finger instead and presented a holier than thou attitude and restored no one are not without fault.
Those of us who forgot that “pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall” cannot say we are off the hook.
Can anyone look in the mirror and say to yourself that you are totally blameless?
Even those with the highest names and positions, can you honestly say that there are not things that you wished you had done better? Are there things you wished you had not done or said?
Can you say you have made no mistakes?
I say that if you feel you are not to blame for anything, you’ve hurt no one or misused anyone or made decisions that caused pain or sadness in the lives of those around you, and those you had fellowship with and have been absolutely upright, fair and truthful in everything you’ve ever done, you certainly share a lot of blame for the state our Churches and people are in today.
All of us are responsible for the condition of our people.
“If My People, which are called by My Name, will turn from their wicked ways……”
If we each cannot admit and own up to our part, then He will not bless us or heal our land.
“A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach,” 1 Timothy 3:2.
“But let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons, being found blameless,” 1 Timothy 3:10.
“And these things command, that they may be blameless,” 1 Timothy 5:7.
“…that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing,” 1 Timothy 6:14.
First published: December 5, 2010
~ Robert Blackburn