Feb 22, 2017 by Will Maule

3 Times You Should STAY QUIET When You See A Christian Doing Something Wrong

We can be guilty of not holding our tongue at times. But we must. It is a wise practice to learn when to remain silent, even if you see a fellow Christian doing something wrong. We must ask God for wisdom on when is right to call out, rebuke and correct, and when we should simply let the Lord deal with it. Patrick Mabilog at Christian Today highlights 3 instances when it is best to leave it. 

1. When You Are Not In A Position To
"Correction is best done in the context of a relationship. One practice we have always done in our local church is when we discern that someone needs correcting, we ask someone who has a relationship with the person to give correction. It's best not to be the source of correction when there is no relationship or trust between you and the person who needs correction. There will always be someone who might be in a better position to correct others, and it doesn't always have to be you."

2. When They Do Things Differently
"Often, leaders might point out something that another leader does differently as a mistake just because he does things in a manner that doesn't conform with their ways. One instance might be when an older leader corrects a younger leader for not wearing slacks during church service when today's culture doesn't require that anymore. 2 Corinthians 12:21 says, "The eye cannot say to the hand, 'I have no need of you,' nor again the head to the feet, 'I have no need of you.'" As members of a diverse body of Christ, we must learn to value, not call out, the differences we have with others."

3. When Something Has Already Been Done To Correct 
"On many occasions, correction doesn't have to come from multiple people. Matthew 18:15 says, "If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother." What this scripture is trying to teach us is that when efforts to correction have already been made, there is no need for others to interfere especially when restoration is already underway. I've personally seen times like this where we would have a leader correct someone who had already been corrected by another leader. Situations like this can tend to make bigger messes out of things. If one word is enough then one word is all that is needed."

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