There is the terrible evil in mankind which Heaven has lamented through the centuries since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. It is the evil of everyone seeing the error of the other. Adam said, It is the woman whom thou gavest to be with me that is responsible for the sin (Genesis 3:11-12).
On her part Eve said, It is the serpent that caused the disobedience (Genesis 3:13). From that time on till now, the tradition has continued unabated. This is why the brothers of Joseph saw his “evil” of dreaming dreams and sharing same with them, but did not see their real evil, youthful tendencies and behaviours and hatred (cons. Genesis 37:1-8).
The Pharisees and Sadducees on their part saw Jesus’ “evil” of healing the sick on a Sabbath day, but could not see their real evil of mercilessness, injustice, envy, etc (Matthew. 23:23; John. 5:5-16). At their time, Miriam and Aaron readily saw Moses’ “evil” of marrying an Ethiopian lady, but could not see their own evil in not appreciating the magnification the Lord gave him (Numbers 12:1-10).
But note this: the inability to see one’s errors, faults and sins is one inability too many and too costly. It is little wonder that families are in crises, relationships are sour or broken; the political realm is in turmoil; the church of God is in crisis and in shreds; name it.
It is common knowledge that many in church today do not bother about examining themselves, spotting and dealing with their own sins, but readily pick the faults of others.
However, on no condition must the church of God be a place where the truth of God’s Word is downplayed or a place of sub-standardness which leads to hell.
The infallible Word has commanded us to make the habit of examining and correcting ourselves first (2Corinthians 13:5). The Lord Jesus charged His listeners thus, “Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt…thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:5).
The apostle lambasted the Roman Christians thus, “Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? Thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? (Romans. 2:21-22).
The flocks are picking the faults of the pastors and vice-versa. The husband is picking the faults of the wife and vice-versa. Without restraint, every body is busy examining and discovering the faults in the other.
But it is not yet late for these categories of sinners in the church to be changed and healed. The night of the rapture or death has not come yet (cp. John. 9:4). But the night can come tomorrow!
Note this: it is dangerous for anybody to kick against the pricks (Acts 9), in other words, it is dangerous for anyone, after hearing or reading this to continue to go against those qualities upon which the Lord originally built His church; those who have been faulted must repent in dust and ashes forthwith, following this; if they must henceforth be free, they must begin the practice of examining their own selves first and doing away with whatever faults they find in themselves (Psalm 139:23-24; 2Corinthians 13:5). The principle is, physician, heal thyself (cp. Luke 4:23).