The Reprobate Wicked Always Cast Blame, Never Acknowledge Their Guilt

The following verses from Malachi perfectly illustrate the mentality of the wicked who have crept into the visible church. They are never to blame. Someone else is always guilty, not them. In this case, they are blaming God Himself. Read the verses and then we will think further about how this denial of culpability is prevalent in professing Christian churches today:

“I have loved you,” says the LORD. But you say, “How have you loved us?” “Is not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the LORD. “Yet I have loved Jacob but Esau I have hated. I have laid waste his hill country and left his heritage to jackals of the desert.” (Malachi 1:2-3)

“A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear? says the LORD of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. But you say, ‘How have we despised your name?’ By offering polluted food upon my altar. But you say, ‘How have we polluted you?’ By saying that the LORD’s table may be despised. When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? Present that to your governor; will he accept you or show you favor? says the LORD of hosts. And now entreat the favor of God, that he may be gracious to us. With such a gift from your hand, will he show favor to any of you? says the LORD of hosts. (Malachi 1:6-9)

And this second thing you do. You cover the LORD’s altar with tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand. But you say, “Why does he not?” Because the LORD was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. (Malachi 2:13-14)

“Look at the mess we are in. Crops are failing. Rains aren’t coming. Enemies rising against us. Why? Where is God? He is supposed to be blessing us. This is all His fault.”

And they have the audacity to even say this to God’s face. Directly accusing Him.

Weep. Groan. Pity party.

The truth of the matter was that God was being absolutely true to His covenant Word. These people whom He had set His love upon now despised Him. So much so that these “offerings” they boasted about were second and third rate. Defective stock that no one else wanted. “Let’s donate it to the church then.” “Ok, Lord, now you have to bless us.”

If that were not enough, they regularly and even typically broke their marriage covenant. Adulterers. Revilers against the wife of their youth. Oh, not in “church” of course, but in everyday life. In secret. But God saw it all.

In spite of their obvious guilt, they refused to admit it. They blamed God. The problem was with God. God was the one. Point finger. Accuse. That is what revilers do, you know. They vilify others. They even make God the villain ultimately. Poor them.

I have met many such people hiding in the ranks of the visible church. Many. Nothing is ever their fault. Oh, they might own up to some small thing just to make it look like they are repentant, but keep pressing them and you will see that they remain blame-casters. Make no mistake now. We are not talking about people who are the typical sinner, the unsaved who in their sin put off confessing their lost condition and their need of Christ. No. We are speaking here of people like these “covenant” people of God in Malachi’s day who openly boast about being “the chosen.” People who claim to be Christians and who even put themselves off as eminently holy saints. All the while however, they walk in the paths of evil. Abusers, revilers, swindlers, liars. All dressed in deceptive garments of wool.

It is long, long past time for us in the church to cease being deceived by these deceivers. When victims of their evil come forward and seek our aid, we must not be taken in by the often smooth excuses of the wicked. And we must expect something else when we stand against them, calling them out for their lying perversions of the truth. We must expect them to start blaming us. You will find yourself suddenly painted as the guilty one. It’s all your fault now. No matter how much factual evidence you put before him. No matter. It’s not his fault.

Remove that wicked one from among you. Stop trying to “redeem” him. Cease thinking that you can help “fix” him. That is not how the Lord instructs us to deal with such a person and to set out on some course of “counseling and therapy” with such a one is to flagrantly refuse to obey the Lord:

And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you. (1 Corinthians 5:2)

 

Why Does the Lord Describe the Motives and Methods of the Wicked for Us?

We have been learning about this category of person called the reprobate. The kind of false teacher described by Peter (2 Peter 2-3), Jude, Hebrews 6, and many other Scriptures. Peter says of such people:

These are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm. For them the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved. (2 Peter 2:17)

For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. (2 Peter 2:20-21)

These are not just any sinner, as we have been careful to point out in previous posts. Oh no. These are knowing, willful, evil people parading as Christians, motivated by greed, set out to mislead many and take them to hell along with them. Utter darkness has been reserved for them. Their place in hell is eternally secured. And they brought it all on themselves:

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. (2 Peter 2:1)

Anyone who refuses to acknowledge this category of person thereby refuses to believe God’s Word.

Now, I can hear another kind of objector. “Ok, so the Bible does say that there are people who are reprobate. But there is no way WE can know who they are. That is God’s business. We must never judge or even assume that someone is one of them. We must always pray for everyone and work our best to lead them to repentance and faith in Christ.”

My response? If we cannot discern who these false teachers are, then why in the world does Scripture warn us about them, describe them for us, tell us their very motives, and then call on us to put them out of the church?  Pretty good question, eh? Let’s just review what Peter tells us about them:

  • They operate secretly/covertly
  • They actively “teach”
  • Their message is heresy, and it is destructive
  • They deny Christ, particularly making the cross unnecessary
  • Their false gospel is sensual. It appeals to the flesh
  • They are motivated by greed and a lust for self-glory
  • They despise authority
  • They have no shame – they revel even in the daytime
  • They particularly target “unsteady souls” (Oh, hello there new young person. Come to my house and I will disciple you).
  • They are very, very deceptive and able to mimic a sheep quite well

Want me to go on? I could by simply looking at other similar Scriptures like Jude. But just look at this list and ask yourself once more – If Peter did not expect us to be able to identify these evil ones as they creep in among us, if in fact identifying them is something ONLY the Lord can do, then WHY did Peter even bother telling us all this? Understand?

The reason God’s Word shines its light on the darkness of these deceivers is because by applying the truths it tells us about these wolves, we can see them for what and who they are, avoid being deceived by them, and put them out from among us.

And yet, what is the prevalent mentality and teaching in the visible church today in this regard? Don’t judge anyone. Only God knows. God’s mercy is infinite. God loves everyone. And on and on and on the formula goes. It is a teaching from the enemy. It is darkness.

Shine the Light of Christ’s Word on it and show it for what it is.