Is It Wrong to Call a Christian Out

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But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face.

Galatians 2:11


Peter experienced a vision from God revealing His plan to share the Gospel with the Gentiles as well as the Jews (Acts 10). However, at a later time, Peter pulled back from eating with the Gentiles when the circumcised believers came around. As a result, Paul called Peter out because his actions were wrong. This was necessary because the church was in its infancy stage and, as a leader, Peter needed to be corrected in order for the Gospel to spread.

Yet does this mean that we are to call each other out in a public place for our failings? It’s a difficult decision because many believers have been significantly hurt and offended by other Christians. However, there are times when believers have walked in error and need to be corrected, especially if their actions are negatively impacting the body of Christ. We must embrace wisdom when correcting our brothers and sisters in Christ by choosing G-R-A-C-E:

G – Give them the benefit of talking privately and personally first. (Matthew 18:15)

R – Remember that each of us fall short of the faith. (Romans 3:10)

A – Accept that whether they repent or not, it’s between them and God. (Romans 14:10)

C – Courageously and lovingly restore in a spirit of gentleness. (Galatians 6:1)

E – Engage in the difficult conversation for their souls and destiny in Christ. (1 Peter 4:17)

Not everyone is able to gently and lovingly correct a brother or sister in Christ. It’s important to pray and check our motives before taking on this endeavor. We are called to encourage and exhort one another in the faith. None of us are perfect; however, we have the responsibility to care enough to help each other walk the Christian journey.

Prayer

Dear Lord, I don’t always know what to say in correcting my brother or sister. I pray for wisdom in my words and for purity in my heart before approaching them. In Jesus’ name, amen.

In His Service,

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