Failure to Forgive and Faulty Forgiveness

/ PRBuzz/ June 30, 2011 – – Christ-based Leader Identifies Major Forgiveness Dilemma(Dr. Steven B. DavidSon is the nation’s torch-bearing Christ-based Counselor,  leading-edge Christian Educator, Executive Director and Senior Ministry  Leader of the nation’s foremost Christ-based organization, The Association of Christ-based Clergy, Counselors, Educators and Educational Systems).

 Lewisville, Texas July 1, 2011.  One of the most misunderstood principles in the Bible is the concept of forgiveness according to Dr. Steven B. DavidSon.  “Yes, it is fraught with peril if persons are not careful, and we work feverishly to get people through the maze of forgiveness traps.” According to DavidSon it is easy to see where the confusion is, and why it is difficult to correct. “First, there is no doubt that forgiveness is one of the seminal virtues of our faith. The Father in heaven has forgiven each born again believer of an eternal death sentence.   In fact, forgiveness is the redeeming virtue flowing out of His love that consummates in the believers rebirth. And in-turn the believer becomes a forgiver.”

However, according to DavidSon, the forgiveness is not without conditions. “Yes, it so popular to talk about unconditional love. Based on how this is instructed, a person can be violated in the most premeditated and egregious ways and the offender should be granted forgiveness.”  Davidson considers this type of forgiveness as a perversion.  “This is a humanistic perversion of God’s love. Consider the term unconditional love. God’s love is unconditional only in the sense that He opened the opportunity to be in a relationship with Him. But to be in a relationship with Him definitely has conditions. First, a person must acknowledge the Son of God and surrender one’s life. Clearly, this is a process that begins within and thereafter manifests itself in changed behavior.”

DavidSon identifies a glaring error often overlooked by leaders and others who teach Jesus’ principle on forgiveness.  “They rely on the parable where a debtor owes his master an enormous debt. The master forgives him of his debt. The debtor in-turn confronts a fellow-debtor who owed him pennies in comparison to what he owed his master. He has his fellow-debtor jailed who begged him for mercy and time to repay him. The master learns about the debtor’s unwillingness to forgive his fellow debtor and restores the debt and penalties upon him.  This parable follows Peter’s question on ‘how often he should forgive his brother?’ Peter offers the number seven to answer his own question. Jesus’ responds seven times seventy (Matthew 18:21-34).”

DavidSon calls this an idiomatic occurrence in Scripture. “Sure, Jesus typically uses a parable to clarify a s life-principle. If you exclude the parable, it appears that persons are forgiven indefinitely. However, Jesus’ parable is about the size of a debt, not the repetitive nature of forgiving someone.”  DavidSon goes into greater length explaining this in his book, The Believer from Milk to Maturity. “The disconnection between the parable and Peter’s question is critical. The passage does not provide any clarity on the conditions for forgiveness. Thank God for Luke’s account where Jesus stated if a brother repents seven times, he is to be forgiven seven times (Luke 17:3-4).  So repentance is required for forgiveness. By the way repentance is not merely being sorry about an offense. ”

DavidSon also differs between relationship forgiveness and restoration, and vocational or positional forgiveness and restoration.  “Some positions or functions in the family and Church require consecration and extraordinary discretion.  A husband or wife is a holy and sanctified function in the family.  Let’s consider the principle of Law.  If a person committed adultery, this person was stoned.  It was an offense against the innocent spouse and faith-community.  It would not be necessary to divorce this person.  We don’t stone people today, and adultery is a forgivable offense, but it cannot be repeated in a marriage.  The offender must repent . Likewise, the Apostle Paul is clear about the character and qualities of ministry leadership.  When leaders fall to some corporal sin, relational forgiveness and restoration is the objective, but positional restoration may be impossible.  People need to forgive a person who repents, but even God does not forgive a person who does not repent.”

Article by: CB Press Associates
Contact:  T.R.DavidSon, 469-948-4776
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