The law is not for us to relish punishing sinners to prove a point (John 8:6), but to show what sin is and encourage sanctification, purity, holiness and morality (John 8:11c). Scribes, Pharisees and other “Religious” leaders use these rules to judge, but their purpose is to maintain a level of purity in the body of Christ, to sanctify us from the world unto God (John 8:10). Yes, the church body must remain pure, sin cannot be permitted to run rimshot throughout the church (Numbers 16:23-35). However, condemnation must be tempered with compassion and Christ’s desire to forgive.
If we look through the scriptures, and not to excuse any sin, we find that God most severely judges sin that is tantamount to making ourselves our own god. When we make ourselves an island unto ourselves, we only hurt ourselves. Like Dathan and Korah, too many presume to be their own priest, their own prophet, their own spiritual leader. In their arrogance, they thought they could minister in God’s name just as well and with equal authority to the appointed servant, Moses. They inject themselves into an undeserved position of authority, they have not been chosen for but choose it for themselves.
Worse yet are men in ministerial positions taking delight in the wrong things. Instead of delight in teaching God’s word, they delight in using God’s word to judge people. Instead of sharing God’s grace and love, they lean heavily on His hatred of sin, preaching hatred of sin such that one sounds as though they hate the people. Treating people with hatred, anger and disrespect. One can point out sin in a loving fashion.
Just as the Anglican and Catholic churches did not trust God to execute His will in the middle east (the reason for the Crusades), many do not trust God to judge sinners but take it upon themselves to denounce sin in a hateful and dividing manner. Where the joy in Christ should be publicly declared, the sin of man is known of man and God and need not be on display. God knows the more subtle sins of mankind better than mankind himself. God knows the secrets of man’s sin as well, man need not highlight them. Our responsibility is to share Christ and His loving salvation. We do not hide or ignore sin if it is made manifest, but we do not dwell on it either. We are supposed to focus upon reconciliation with God as Jesus did with the woman caught in adultery (John 8:3-11). Standing with the Lord He will ask, “where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee?” (emphasis mine) With God, it is about our reconciliation not about our condemnation.