Most of you have had to struggle with the question, “is my abuser a Christian?” Why? Because he (and sometimes she) claims to be. Because the abuser so often parades as the finest saintly holy one in the entire church, and most of the people believe it. Just as the abuser’s father can appear as an angel of light, so can his servants.
Local churches and pastors often and even typically insist that the abuser is indeed a child of God, not of the devil. We all sin, you know. So they allow him to remain in the pew, and sometimes even in the pulpit!
But what does the Bible say? Who is a Christian and who is not a Christian? While Scripture clearly answers these questions over and over, we are just going to look at one such text in this article. Here it is. Read carefully:
Psa 15:1-5 A Psalm of David. O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? (2) He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; (3) who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; (4) in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the LORD; who swears to his own hurt and does not change; (5) who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.
Who shall dwell on your holy hill? Who shall sojourn in your tent? This is just another way of asking “Lord, what does a righteous person look like? What kind of people are citizens of your kingdom? Lord, who is a Christian?”
Here’s the answer:
- He who does what is right
- He who speaks truth in his heart
- He who does not slander or do evil to a neighbor
- He who is not a reviler (reproacher)
And there is more:
- He who despises a vile person. That’s right! Despises
- He who gives honor to people who truly fear the Lord
- He who swears to his own hurt (ie, who keeps his word)
- He who gives rather than takes
Now, I want all of us to ask this question: Is an abuser a Christian? Is an abuser the kind of person the Lord is going to welcome into His presence? The answer is obvious – of course not. In fact, an abuser is the kind of person a genuine Christian despises. Christ’s true people do not embrace such a wicked one and sit next to him in the worship service.
Psa 1:1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
So there you have it. Question is answered. No, abusers are not Christians. They do not know the Lord. And He does not know them. In fact, with a bit more thought you will see that the wicked characteristics and actions described by the Psalmist are the very evils your abuser practices.
For more Scriptures see the top menu bar under the tab Scriptures: Scriptures that Demonstrate that an Abuser is not a Christian.