Lesson #206 The Condemners

When Lucifer was sentenced to condemnation, his used deception to bring man into the same judgment (Is 14:15). The carnal tendency for misery to recruit company resulted in Adam’s awareness of condemnation. After the awareness of the absent covering of God, or nakedness, Adam became afraid; thinking that God’s nature was a condemning one, not one who would love him and cloth him (Gen 3:10, 21). When satan told Adam he was in damnation, or a place where he did not have a right to fellowship with God, his heart condemned himself (1 John 3:21, 22).
Even after Jesus defeated the enemies on the cross, the evidence of man’s condemning attitude has been multiplied on many. The worldly mindset of making a set of rules to judge others gives an ungodly thought pattern of superiority over others, even though people may not live up to their own set of standards. The tendency to compare others and ignore the grace and mercy given us, or deceive another into low self-esteem feelings results in contributing to the mission of the adversary (James 5:12). God is no respecter of persons and if we choose to differentiate people by any other means, it separates us from the very unity and loving our neighbor that God has called us to be (1 Pet 1:16, 17/ James 2:2, 3).

Many have grown comfortable and have justified their own superiority complexes from the generationally cursed-fated actions of parents, leaders and peers. This helps them to develop a lifestyle of noncommittal communication and intimacy with God. Because their hearts condemn them, their confidence in prayer is weakened. They become prayer cowards and double-mindedly deceive themselves (James 1:22), and lower the expectations of others. Asking God for something becomes like rolling dice. They have an expectation of some form of damnation from sin-consciousness, instead of God consciousness. They accept and immorally teach that the idea of sinning everyday is normal and expected, and find other mediocre church affiliates who feel the same way and attempt to adjust bible scriptures for agreement with their philosophy (Col 2:8, 2 Cor 5:17). This life of finger pointing leads to the automation of condemning others as they have condemned themselves. (When you point the finger at someone, you have three pointing back at yourself).

The condemners can come in the extreme form of Cain, or mob crucifying terrorism, who have not embraced love, but a lifestyle or religion that allows the comforts of worldly living and lust. It may come in a light form of gossip, or reading unfavorable stories of leaders and celebrities. It may be seen in speaking against a preacher who made a mistake or doesn’t agree to the set of their rules. It could happen with a spouse that discourages instead of being consistently encouraging, and speaking power and vision into their life (Prov 18:21) to their covenant partner. A condemner will seek his own promotion and superiority and have a false sense of humility (Luke 18:11). The garbage dumped on them by the accuser, will be dumped out on all.
God’s non-condemning nature is reflective in the Word. Jesus said He didn’t come to condemn, but save (John 3:17-20). Even when they brought an adultress who was caught in the midst, He expressed his forgiving nature, even knowing that there was a tempter behind it (John 8:3-11/James 1:14, 15/Eph 6:12), and the accusers could not stand in his presence. King David showed great mercy towards Saul, after attempted murder and even willing to die for a son that betrayed him (1 Sam 26:11, 2 Sam 18:33, 19:5, 6). The angel Michael, reflecting the harmony in heaven did not even accuse the devil, when disputing about the body of Moses (Jude 9).

It is not only remembering the past, that can make ourselves feel potential condemnation, but remembering the past of others; to accuse or condemn them in the judgment of our own minds (Matt 7:1-5). Since we were born for eternal purposes, we can look at the bigger picture and see things the way God does (Phil 2:5). When you can give a condemner enough Light, the Truth will make them free (James 5:19, 20, John 8:36)

“For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” I John 3:20-22