First … then

We excuse heinous transgressions in ourselves and condemn small faults in others.

“You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” Mt 7.5 NET.

Correction of others may first require self-correction.

But there is more, through the contextless abuse of scripture. Note: “first … then.” The Lord Jesus does not forbid correcting others. On the contrary!

Let no one avoid correction of others alleging one’s own frailties. This is but another form of hypocrisy, mixed with cowardice.

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

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