Friendly Fire (John 8:48-59)


Life Meets Theology

“Why are church people so mean?”

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The young pastor was devastated as he came out of the meeting. The meeting was not one with a hardened “sinner” who blasphemed the good name of the Lord. It wasn’t a meeting with a Satanist who mocked him.

It was a professing Christian who tore the young pastor to shreds.  And these were the words he asked: “Why are church people so mean?”

Friendly fire hurts the most because it’s so unexpected. As we wrap our heads and hearts about all of John 8, we come to the final section: John 8:48-59.

The Jews answered him, “Aren’t we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?”

“I am not possessed by a demon,” said Jesus, “but I honor my Father and you dishonor me.I am not seeking glory for myself; but there…

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