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Human weaknesses and failings which are sinful in themselves, and may lead to further sin. It is common, often as a means of averting blame, to put undue focus on the faults of others. However, where necessary, faults should be exposed and responsibility properly attributed. Jesus Christ lived a faultless life and God’s people are challenged to live lives that are above reproach. The church will one day be presented without fault before God.
Faults in thought, word and deed Ps 78:57 disloyalty and unfaithfulness to God; Pr 14:21 not showing concern for others; Isa 53:6 selfishness in going one’s own way; Hos 7:16 unwillingness to turn to God; Jas 3:2 failure to control the tongue; Jas 4:17 failure to do what is right
Passing blame to others Ge 3:12 Adam blames Eve for his disobedience. See also Ex 32:22-24 Aaron blames the Israelites for the golden calf; 1Sa 13:11-12 Saul blames his troops’impatience and Samuel’s late arrival for his disobedience; 1Sa 15:20-21 Saul blames his soldiers for the failure to carry out God’s instructions; Mt 25:24-25 The man who buried his talent blames his action on his master’s hardness.
Finding fault with Jesus Christ Lk 6:7 pp Mt 12:10 pp Mk 3:4 See also Mt 9:3 pp Mk 2:7 pp Lk 5:21 Jesus Christ is accused of blasphemy because he claims to forgive sin; Mt 9:11 pp Mk 2:16 pp Lk 5:30 Jesus Christ is criticised for his association with “sinners”; Mt 15:2 pp Mk 7:5 Jesus Christ is criticised for failure to conform to ceremonial cleansing traditions; Mt 26:59-61 pp Mk 14:55-59 false charges brought against Jesus Christ at his trial; Jn 9:16 Jesus Christ is accused of breaking the Sabbath.
God’s people are to be above reproach 1Pe 2:12 See also Ro 12:17-18; 2Co 8:20-21 Paul ensures that his handling of money is above criticism; Php 2:14-15 Leaders, in particular, must be above reproach: 1Ti 3:2; Tit 1:6
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