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What’s Wrong With Forgiveness?
Why Jesus never said to forgive your enemy
and why the whole world thinks He did!
According to Jesus Christ, the Evil One (Satan) is the master of all liars and deceivers. His expertise in trickery and cunningness has never been more evident than in his ability to convince most Christians to believe false and debilitating concepts of “forgiveness.” For centuries, his success in frustrating humanity with years of needless stressing over “forgiveness” has met little resistance of truth. He has driven millions off course by causing them to avoid the core issues of love, justice, and meekness. It is the meek, not the “always forgiving,” Jesus said, who one will inherit the earth.
Most of the world believes the following traditional statements are true:
Jesus said to forgive your enemy.
Jesus forgave His enemies on the Cross.
Forgiveness is as much for the giver as for the one to whom forgiveness is given.
If you hold unforgiveness in your heart, you will become angry and bitter. Forgiveness means to release yourself of anger and bitterness.
If we do not forgive all who sin against us, God will not forgive us.
The way to be completely free of anger and bitterness is to forgive.
God has forgiven us, therefore we should forgive everyone who sins against us.
We must always forgive every offender seventy times seven.
Forgiveness does not mean that an offender is no longer guilty or accountable or that we must be reconciled
Forgiveness means we should be at peace and move on
This book will clearly reveal that these statements are the opposite of what the Bible actually teaches!
For many Christians, forgiveness is a struggle which they must “work through” for many years. But, in reality, it is not forgiveness (Greek word – aphiemi) that is the struggle. The real struggle is trusting God and loving our enemy! A true Christian is already as just as forgiving as God is: ready to forgive when someone calls upon them in true remorse. For thou, O God, art good and ready to forgive, and plenteous in mercy to all who call upon Thee. (Psalm 86:5) But God does not forgive those who do not call upon Him.
By deceiving us into believing that anger and bitterness are caused by retaining anger and bitterness (our definition of “unforgiveness”), we have been distracted from the real reason that we struggle with anger and bitterness. That is; not having faith to believe that “God allowed the evil to happen to me.” Releasing bitterness has nothing to do with my relationship to my enemy or offender. It is through my trusting relationship with God that I can rest, be meek (Matthew 11:28-29), and have faith that He can use the evil (offense) to make me a stronger person. God, then, can free me from anger and enable me to love my enemy.
In other words, the release of anger and bitterness never comes from being at peace with my offender, but by being at peace with the fact that God allowed my offender to hurt me.
By goading us to be better and more forgiving than God (who never forgives an unrepentant enemy), the Evil One has kept us from kneeling humbly and accepting the grace of God, which can bless us through the evil and wickedness of others even while we lovingly hold them accountable. (Hebrews 12:15)
By infusing us with false and foolish definitions of forgiveness, by keeping us ignorant of the Jewish cultural practices of teshuva (repentance), by keeping us ignorant of the two non-interchangeable Greek words for “forgive”, by keeping us from evaluating the two contrasting interchanges of “forgiveness” at the cross (the Roman soldiers and the thief), by confusing us with opposite concepts of accountability and forgiveness in Matthew 18 and “seventy-times-seven,” by baffling us with “forgiving trespassers” that God will never forgive in the “Lord’s Prayer,” and through many other Biblical deceptions, Satan has kept us satisfied, though extremely confused and frustrated, in our complacency of living in Biblical error concerning forgiveness. This book strives to reveal the “truth that will make you free.”
Despite thousands of books on the subject, millions of people still go to their graves frustrated about forgiveness. In order to “forgive,” many spend their lives simply pushing down bitterness. Even those who have found peace in their own hearts are often cognizant of the still aching memory of a wound or broken bond that was never healed.
For most Christians, the unanswered and even unasked question is: How can we imitate God who loves billions of people without forgiving them? How do we explain, and exemplify in our own lives, the always unconditional love of God yet His always conditional forgiveness?
This book reveals the peace and the power that come from differentiating between love and forgiveness. When we understand how God loves unconditionally but only forgives conditionally, then we will understand how to truly love others.
When God forgives, those forgiven of sin are rendered unaccountable for their sin. However, love does what is best for others. It is not best to “forgive and hold unaccountable” the rapist, pedophile, murderer, liar, deceiver, swindler, adulterer, abuser, cheater, etc., who is unrepentant of their sin.
The unbiblical concept of “forgiving” unrepentant, egregious offenders has caused our society to dive headlong into dangerous misconceptions of God. We have been led to accept evil in the name of tolerance, to teach generations to be undiscerning of wickedness, and to falsely believe that a loving God must be void of judgment, justice, and wrath.
Most importantly, we use a definition of forgiveness Jesus never used. Thus, we are telling people to sin by forgiving in ways that the Bible clearly instructs us not to forgive.
It is my hope that the concepts in this book will be explored, debated, and argued for the sake of helping millions of people find freedom and joy amidst their sorrow and pain.
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