I cast no stones
I build no walls
And I tell the truth
Truth comes to call
I try to walk
That narrow way
Sometimes I go over the lines
And I won’t make it back till the next day
That is the first verse of Cody Jinks’ song, “Cast No Stones”. In this song he is confronted by a Christian about his sinful ways. He explains, basically, that he is sinful but believes and so the Christian should lay off him instead of “casting his stones.” He goes on,
But I cast no stones
What gives you the right?
To tell me my business
Good God man, you’re out of your mind
So put up your Bible
Or let me get mine
I’m not dragging the whole world to hell
And wasting my time
The chorus (above) is simply unbiblical. We do have the right to and should rebuke, reproof, and exhort. Yet many Christians today believe that sin is private, that judging others for their sins is sinful since you’re being too “judgemental” and are assumed to not be loving. This idea has led our church right into sin, very handily indeed. If we cannot criticize it and condemn sin in others then many people deny they ever do commit grave sins such as lying, fornication, lusting after other women, etc. Many wouldn’t know a thing if people didn’t tell them because they refuse to take the time and pick up their own holy book. They use this ability to avoid criticism of sin as a license to sin. They label themselves “a sinner” and believe they can do nothing to fix that, not even a little bit, so they lie in a dormant state until they die.
But the doctrine of rebuking others is very prevalent in the Bible and Jesus was the master of it (He’s God afterall). Jesus made a routine of it, constantly rebuking the Pharisees. Paul rebuked the churches he wrote to. Elijah not only rebuked the false prophets of Baal, he massacred them.
2 Timothy 4 is clear on this matter:
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
The reason these limp wristed Christians (most of whom are probably unsaved) believe this is in part because of Matthew 7 where Jesus tells us “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” They stop here, pack up, and go home; but Jesus goes on to elaborate and give the meaning of that command. It is a command to not be a hypocrite. Before you judge, judge yourself is essentially what he is saying. The implication here is that you intend to eventually judge others. Before you judge your brother’s sin, judge your own. He is definately not commanding us to never judge and anyone who believes that hasn’t read Matthew 7 all the way through, let alone the whole Bible.
If Jesus is telling us to not judge then there is a contradiction and God’s word does not contradict. The issue is in this false thinking of “Cast No Stones”. The song may sound good, but Cody Jinks is just plain wrong here and the proper response to criticism of his sin is to say “I know, I agree, I’m working to fix it.” The less sin we have, the better, which brings up another strange line of logic. The idea at hand has a twisted view of what neighborly love should be. If we love somebody we naturally wish to see them do well. As Christians, we wish to help them battle sin and in that way they can thrive and grow in their faith with God. Well, we can’t do that if we refuse to criticize them.
If I have a child that is running toward a fire, I’m not going to lightly encourage them to not run into it without physically stopping them. No, I WILL do my utmost to stop them, to turn them on the right path. The same holds true for everyone around us and this is how we should behave because believe me, a lot of them certainly are running straight into hellfire. Many churches have resorted to not speaking about sin much at all and what they do speak on are usually universally agreed upon i.e. murder, theft, etc. Their sermons usually consist of little more than “God is love” or some other soppy mess. Meanwhile, they allow their congregations to sin freely with no correction. Again, many of these churches aren’t truly Christian.
But the saved can’t lose their salvation yet this still relates to them. There is the sin unto death that is to be considered, which is unrepentant, willingful sin. When you refuse to even accept the criticism of your sin, you’re on the fast track to the sin unto death where God physically kills you as punishment (but salvation is not lost). See 1 John 5:16 and Acts 5:1-10. For this reason we should not stand by as others sin, allowing them to get away with it because they are “sinners.” We should strive to do better, be better, and never falter.