Testimony shaming has NO ROOM in the body of Christ!
Saints, we gotta get it together! We ought to do better! Why shame someone to the point where they feel like they have no room sharing their lessons, their experiences, their wins, theirs losses, etc., because they’ve made mistakes in the past?? Don’t you get it?
When we share our mistakes, we save a brother/sister from making the same mistakes.
When we share our losses, our lessons, we give them a tad bit more wisdom that will help them on their Christian journey.
When we share our wins, we strengthen someone’s faith; we encourage someone to keep going because with Jesus VICTORY IS CERTAIN.
All of this is ALSO ministering to souls. So why do we feel like an ex-con, an ex-stripper, an “ex-supra sinner “ should hush up because their past isn’t “cute” and/or because they’ve stumbled a few times since they’ve been born again Christian. This HAS TO STOP! Testimony shaming is outrageous, and it just shows how self righteous we are and how we think we are better than others. That’s Pride; God doesn’t ride with the prideful! Saints we need to get it together!!
This is what my bible tells me!
- Psalm 66:16 : “Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul” (ESV)
- Luke 8:30 : ““Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.” (ESV)
- Revelations 12:11 : “And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony” (ESV)
Brother, sister, if you feel like you need to share something and you KNOW God put it on your heart, allow him to use your past shame to show why a mighty LOVING God he is. Do not let anyone tell you that you can’t preach, edify, lead worship etc., because you come from darkness, and have had a few mishaps along your Christian journey. If you have a repented heart and now walk we the God that has forgiven you, that is all that matters. LET HIM USE YOU!
As for me, I WILL FOREVER CONTINUE TO SHOUT WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR, WITH, AND THROUGH ME. Whatever mistakes I have made do not define me! I have the DNA of the THE Most High and that is all that matters. That’s enough reason to share my wins, my losses, my shame that he has changed into GLORY!
I hope God gives you that bold spirit that defies the naysayers!