Respect of Persons
Did the Church disobey God's command of "respect of persons" by showing favor to its own in tribulation?
RESPECT OF PERSONS: CHURCH JUDGING UNRIGHTEOUSLY IN TRIBULATION?
De 1:17 Ye shall not respect <05234> persons <06440> in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face <06440> of man; for the judgment is God’s: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it.
Ps 82:3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
Isa 1:23 Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.
Job 34:18 Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art wicked? and to princes, Ye are ungodly?
Job 34:19 How much less to him that accepteth not the persons <06440> of princes, nor regardeth <05234> the rich more than <06440> the poor? for they all are the work of his hands.
Pr 18:5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
Pr 24:23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect <05234> of persons <06440> in judgment.
Pr 28:21 To have respect <05234> of persons <06440> is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.
Eze 13:19 And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear your lies?
Ge 25:34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.
Pr 6:26 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.
Ec 8:14 There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; that there be just men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked; again, there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous: I said that this also is vanity.
Le 19:15 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect <05375> the person <06440> of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.
Ro 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
Ro 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
Ex 23:8 And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the WORDS of the righteous.
Re 11:10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
2Pe 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned WORDS make merchandise <1710> of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
Jas 4:13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell <1710>, and get gain:
Lu 19:45 And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought;
Lu 19:46 Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.
Re 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Joe 3:3 And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.
GOD IS NOT A RESPECTER OF PERSONS: HE EXECUTES RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT?
2Ch 19:7 Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.
Col 3:25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.
Ps 67:4 O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.
Ps 96:10 Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.
Pr 31:9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
Ps 92:15 To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
Ro 2:11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
Lu 18:6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
Lu 18:7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
The Bible appears to be equating respecter of persons to the activities of the false prophets in tribulation. God calls for righteous judgment and for the body to care for the needy and fatherless. But in tribulation, the unsaved cared for themselves by merchandising the elect and accepting gifts. At the revelation of Christ, God judged the church without respect of persons (righteously) by casting it into the lake of fire.