Opposing good is evil


                “Teacher,” said John, “we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”

                “Don’t stop him,” Jesus said.  “No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us (Mark 9:38-39.)


                We see here that good done in the name of Christ can never be evil.  Yet, if we stand in the way of a good action, then we ourselves become evil.  The disciples tell Jesus that they attempted to stop a man from doing miracles in his name, simply because he was not associated with them (his disciples.)  Jesus is revealing that associations outside of his name do not make true believers; it is only the good that we do in his name that matters.  What that man shared was the belief in the very name of Jesus Christ.  He was a brother, because he acknowledged the power of our Lord, even though he was not a disciple.  The beginning of a Christian life, begins, and remains in the hands of Jesus Christ.  We, who call Jesus Christ master, are bound only by our servitude to him, and to one another because we serve him.

                Many Pharisees at the time of Christ attempted to stop Jesus from doing good, based upon rules of the law.  The law was not evil, yet men took it and twisted it, telling Jesus it was unlawful to heal a man on the Sabbath.   If the Sabbath gets in the way of the healing of a man, then it gets in the way of the working of God.  This is why; Christians are not under the law, but under the commandment of Love.  Anything that is truly selfless is not considered work, but service.  Through service we do all things in love.  Jesus has told us that the greatest commandment is to, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the First and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it.  ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  All of the Law and the Commandments hang on these two commandments” (Mathew 22: 37-40.)  If we follow these two commandments we follow all ten.  When love God and others it is impossible to do harm to anyone, and we become obedient to the law, but not mastered by it so as to allow it to be a stringent boundary that would leave us unable to love someone through acts of kindness and goodness; even if, say, we did it on the Sabbath, if good was done to another, then it is the work of God, and not our own work (The Sabbath was a day out of every week that the Israelites were to keep Holy; they were not supposed to do work on the Sabbath.  The Jews, during the days of Christ, considered it work to heal people.  So they accused Jesus Christ of healing on the Sabbath, and thereby claimed he was breaking the Sabbath commandment.  Sounds pretty ridiculous, doesn’t it?

                Today, when we do good things for others in the name of Jesus Christ, we are revealing our love and faith in him, and I believe that anyone who tries to stop someone from doing good in his name, whether they are misguided or not, gets in the way of God.  To stop someone from being loved, is to is to go against our Lord and savior.  Doing good in the name of Christ, without stipulation, is the true working of God.  Catholics can do good, but not because they are Catholics doing good.  Protestants can do good for Christ, but not because they are protestant doing good.  Even Jehovah’s witnesses can do good, but they are not in the right if they do works under the name of being Jehovah’s witnesses.  Rather, the only affiliation that makes an action pleasing to God the Father is the action that is done in the name of his son.  I believe, that it’s hard to keep the gospel simple, and it’s hard to simply keep Christ in the center of the gospel.  No denomination will ever bring salvation; Jesus Christ is the name that carries power; that name alone is what binds together the faithful.

                “Lord Father we ask and pray today that You would give us discernment Lord, and we ask that You would allow Your faithful servants to see that it is Your Son that makes all things possible.  Lord, help us to not stop others from doing good in the name of Jesus Christ, but to do good ourselves in His name.  Lord help us to not call ourselves to faith in the name of a church or denomination, but in the name of Your Son, in whomever He dwells (the Holy Spirit), makes up the body of Christ.  Father, we pray that You will continue to bestow upon us the Holy Spirit, and that through us, Your miracles would continue to be done upon this earth.  We thank You Father, we love You, and we praise You in Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.”

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