When Does A Sinner Become Evil?


By: Susan Bea Good


The Association of Biblical Counselors has come out with a checklist to differentiate between the “ordinary sinner” and one who is “evil.”

In His Word God identifies some men as evil…these are His judgment calls. We are not authorized to judge another man’s heart. Though a man’s actions may scream “evil,” we are not permitted to make that heart-call.

I object to the Association of Biblical Counselor’s assignment of the “evil” label, and find it especially offensive when Christians use it on those whom they have decided are worse than “regular sinners.”

I have found encouragement this week at the Christian community’s support for the Duggar family, as they continue to suffer the effects of sin. Jesus came to save sinners. The sins of the repentant Joshua Duggar are covered by the grace of Jesus Christ.

We shouldn’t be looking into the sins of others, and declaring a final judgment on their souls. That work belongs to God alone. Instead, we might make more of an effort at encouraging one another to overcome temptation, and to the practice of good works.

There remains hope, even for the “worst” sinners. We should all humbly acknowledge that we’re a long way from being perfect, and thank God He is still working on us!

“Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.” (James 4:11/ESV)

The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it. Adonai Eloheinu!

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