EXPOSING THE SIN OF PARTIALITY IN THE CHURCH TODAY.
Before i tackle this subject of partiality sin in the church, i would like us to understand what partiality means in laymans language and then we shall see the Spiritual insight because partiality is a sin that has led many Christian pastors and believers to Hell but many greatly have ignored it, Christians tend to overlook some sins and even some sins are not being considered in the church, it is always taken normal yet in the sight of God it is the same as murder or adultery.
Definition of partiality:
Partiality means taking side morethan the other basing on the benefits you are gaining from either side. It also means respect others morethan others by giving them honor and glory than the others basing on what you expect from them.
Partiality also means favouritism, favouritism that is not based on obedience and godliness but favouritism that is looking people by their outer appearance. But also partiality can mean prejudice, un fair bias towards a person, or it can mean under looking on some people because of their physical status or stature and others are given great honor because they look nice or they some others are poor and others are rich. It can also mean partisan.
Biblical reference of partiality is sin before sight of God and in the church of modernism the sin of partiality is common and christians are not realising it but even though some realise it they have nothing to do about, the modern church has been deceived by the devil with deception and Spirit of error, most Christians are offended for not being considered highly like the others and this creates in them as if God created them badly and they feel abandoned because they are never given attention. This is because the modern church has brought the sin of partiality in the church, some Christians are given high esteem than others just because they are wearing fine clothes and others who are not putting on well are never given front seats and deliberately ignored so those Christians are offended and they feel out of place in the church as if Jesus Christ did not die for them and when a person coming for instance looks beautiful or handsome putting on fine linen the person who they know either has no money to offer to the church he or she is told to quit the place of his or her seat in order to honor the other one who came in a fine linen and that is the partiality am talking about its a sin before God. This has prevented many Christians to give up on salvation of our Glorious Lord Jesus Christ because they feel they are not loved in Christ and of which many come to salvation to find comfornt through fellow brethren in Christ Jesus but only to find partiality and they give up salvation that was entrusted to us all by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Another aspect where we find the sin of partiality in the church is between the poor and the rich, and to those who either offer highly than others, so those who give little titthe and offering are not considered but greater weight and honor is given to those who tithe highly or offering highly even when its not offered uprightly, most of these may offer to be seen in the public to obtain honor and praise from the pastor and this kind of offering is not right in the sight of God. So those who offer highly are given either nice and front seats to honor them but then the less offering are given less attention even when seated they can remove them and take them behind. Isn’t that sin of partiality. Such a person who has been removed from the seat don’t you think he will or she will get offended and see that God doesn’t care and develop bad attitude towards Jesus Christ and fall into another sin. Gods people are living like strangers in his house and most are fearing to come to particular churches that might not be welcomed.
And this is what James noted amongst congregation in the church and warned us to be careful.
1My brothers,a show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?
If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. James2:1-13″ ESV”.
Looking at the scriptures intently partiality is a sin before God because we would be oppressing others in the process of respecting others and others being ignored, so then we become law breakers deserving judgment from God because we would have judged his people with evil motives just because we need favor from those who have money or who are rich we give them a greater honor than others and give them a front seat. And the bible reveals that the poor have been called to the kingdom of Christ to inherit the kingdom of God and they are Spiritually rich.
Most pastors today honor some people highly just because he is a minister of the Government or may be he is rich and they honor them than the people or the Christians that Jesus Christ died for on the cross. Most churches are focused on the money than growing the Spiritual richness of the Christians and that is a sin before God, most christians are Spiritually rich but the modern church instead wants the physically rich even though they are not Christians they are given front seats and the children of God have no where to seat just because they are not rich physically or they have no fine clothes to put on and then the sin of partiality takes hold of the church.
Even i have seen that the ushers of the church are taught how to show partiality to the visitors who come to church, those who come in the filthy clothes are not attended to but those who come in fine linens are given front seats and yet all these people are the same infront of God. Do you know that those considered low have been esteemed by God with Spiritual richness. The church has died it is nolonger on the foundation of our glorious Lord Jesus the messiah.
The church must understand that everyone who comes to church is important before God and has a big role to play in the building of the body of Our Lord Jesus Christ, When we come to the church of God or house of God we are all equal and children before God. No old or young. We all considered children and therefore each should be given attention according to the standard of holiness and righteousness of God. But if we show partiality just because we are expecting some money from some people to build the church and others ignored because no money as a benefit from then. Isn’t that partiality and where is the command Love your neighbor as you love yourself that Jesus Christ left. And later you say you love Jesus Christ? Spare me that crap and hypocrisy
Many Christians boast for their long years in salvation but the sin of partiality is in them, so you Christian believer where is your holiness resting?
Most Ushers in the modern church have been given instructions to give seats according to the outer appearance but let me remind you that you will not see heaven if you are actually acting in that manner you are only carrying the instructions of your pastor and forgetting the holiness of the Sovereign Lord. So you are Labouring in vain.
Have you forgotten?
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human beingd might boast in the presence of God. And because of hime you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 1Corrinthians1:26-31.
Considering the scriptures, God chose those who consider to be poor to be rich in Christ and those who you consider to be outly weakned to be strong in the Lord. So why do you show partiality? Consider it that you were nothing before you came to Christ Jesus. The behavior of the worldliness is in the church so you wonder what is the difference between the saved person and unbeliever or the worldy person since both act the same way in behavior and tolerating sin. And many Christians have been affected by this kind of behavior and many have given up the sweet salvation in hope of eternal life because of you. The church itself is now the rock of offense and the stumbling block for the unbelievers not receive salvation and get away from the coming wrath of God. Imagine if the two people are unbelievers coming to the church and one given honor than the others what will it indicate? Partiality isn’t it? Do you think the one under mined will get saved? certainly not unless if its by the grace of God.
This is what Romans say in regards to treatment of people.
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.c Do not be conceited. Romans12:16.
The bible advises us to associate will all people regardless of their status and where they come from. Christians who show partiality are snakes and hypocrites as well as proud by being wise in their own eyes. We must associate with everyone in the church and even those we think are low in position in the society but have accepted Christ. Most people today want to associate with only the learnt, or the elite group and they choose themselves in the church and their pastors have a certain group they can talk to but others are ignored maybe because of their outer look and appearance but all that is partiality and it is a sin considering some people highly than others and have been shown un fair prejudice and treatment according to their appearance. This must stop we have seen many facts of divisions because of that during Pauls time, some saying we are of Paul and others Apollos and that was partiality coming from the congregation and it limits the power of God and since there’s divisions in the church.
In the modern church if the main pastor is not around then the rest have no value and many Christians cannot even come to church why? Because there is a sin of partiality in the midst of the congregation. The work of God will not go on because one top dog is not around? I can testify that most churches are living like that as if God works in one person or one pastor and you wonder did others receive the Holy Spirit or not? So then that is one of the signs you should note that God is never in that so called. The sin of partiality quenches the Holy Spirit and chases the Holy Spirit away from the church why because God he himself doesn’t show partiality except judging each one according to his works and he can use anyone he finds. The author of partiality sin is the devil causing divisions in the church of God.
This is what Peter said when he was sent to the gentiles.
So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.Acts10:34…
you can see according to the statement of Peter to the house of Cornelius telling them that God doesn’t show partiality but rewards according to each ones work. So everyone who has come to fellowship with God through Christ should not be shown partiality because God is not author of partiality but his choosing will be according to your humbleness and obedience and your Faith in God through Christ. Any one who shows partiality is not upright in the heart with God and he is not holy neither righteous even though does all of the commandments because he who said do not kill is the same who do not show partiality to your neighbors. And this common practice in the church must stop otherwise those who engage themselves in it will be taken to hell like the murderers and other sinners. So Ushers of the church take heed and repent for the harm, done, Pastors need to repent towards the same and also the congregation has to repent too because they also show more partiality in many people and even their daily life.
This is what God told the children of Israel:
“‘Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly. Levitcus19:15.
You can see that if you show partiality you are perveting the justice of most high God who gave us this command because he knows if you start showing partisan or partiality then you will not make right judgment but you will be ending up in bribes.
Brethren the word of God condemns us all that in all we do must be careful especially to those God has brought to salvation because we do not know where God has got them to save through Christ Jesus. Don’t you know you have been saved by grace not by your works and therefore do not show partiality over Gods people and overshadow the grace of God. Mercy will triumph over judgment. Show mercy to each one according to the way God has presented them before. Let God each person his own position and where he deserves to be. Who are you to choose people for ministries and allocating them where they belong?
If we are all children of God then each person who comes to the house of God must be humble before God and hear what the Holy Spirit is telling him. Because if i choose to seat infront then i feel conforntable and if i decide to sit in the middle of the congregation then thats okay for me. But why would decide to divide the church according to the honors of the world and according to the richness of the world. Or the way they are dressing? That is a Sin of partiality.
To show partiality is not good, but for a piece of bread a man will do wrong. Proverbs28:21.
So then people would be bribed because of partiality and pervert the justice and favor others who gave them money in order to prosper.
Brethren if you have been showing partiality amidst the congregation and amongst Christians then you need to repent and put your heart right before God.
Remember that the Holy Spirit is the convictor of sin to bring righteousness and holiness, if you repent you will prosper but if you conceal your sins and keep silent with them you will only reap eternal damnation. Consider this fact then amend all your ways and behavior and put your heart right before God and you will live forever.
I remain Asher Namanya the Bondservant of God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Peace to you all the elect of God the Father who have been given the grace of salvation through Christ Jesus Our Lord and the Saviour.