Malice aforethought is a legal term which means “the intention to kill or harm, which distinguishes murder from unlawful killing.”
It is an interesting phrase because it connects to a biblical truth which speaks directly to a very topical matter in the Body of Christ. That truth can be found in 1 John 3:15 where it states: Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
Strong words and ones that tend to be shied away from in this age of mamby-pamby Churchianity.
Put simply, this means that anyone who has malice toward a brother or sister in Christ is a murderer before God. This is not speaking about unbelievers, remember. Now we know John is the Apostle of Love and the disciple closest to Jesus so his words ought to carry some weight. And the Holy Spirit inspired him to write them.
Let me not beat about the bush here because that is not what I do: IF YOU HAVE MALICE IN YOUR HEART TOWARD A BROTHER OR SISTER IN CHRIST, YOU ARE A MURDERER.
Furthermore, you don’t have eternal life abiding in you.
Now, the reason I am saying this is because I have been reading an awful lot of vile, nasty and malicious comments regarding Jesse Duplantis recently. All because he said God told him to believe for an expensive jet. I have read so-called Christians gleefully say that he will go to hell for this.
I am only glad that the Father is not as disposed to chucking people into hell as some of His people are.
My point here is the malice behind these comments.
Of course, these people bleat on about the poor and how they could benefit from the millions Jesse Duplantis Ministries would spend on a jet. “Why doesn’t he believe God for that money to feed some poor folks?” is a common response.
Well, why don’t they? The answer is simple: because they only care about the poor as a stick to beat preachers with. You don’t hear about the plight of poor people from these haters any other time.
And haters is not too strong a word, if we are going by the definition in 1 John 3:15.
Another verse to consider is 1 John 4:20 which says: If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar. This is interesting because most of the opposition to Duplantis and other preachers is by “concerned” Christians and leaders who cite their own piety and devotion to justify their slaughter of their brothers and sisters. These self-appointed watchmen and doctrine police hide behind their so-called love for God as they besmirch the names of people they disagree with.
Now, disagreement is fine. We read of disagreements between apostles in the New Testament. But not from malice. Not from hatred and viciousness. That is a whole other spirit entirely.
Recently I had to unfriend some folks on Facebook. That hurt me because I realised that even people I like and admire could become prone to the hatefest around one man of God believing for an aeroplane.
Sadly, some will respond to this by claiming Jesse Duplantis is no man of God and doesn’t even know the Lord. Apart from the fact that is a lie, it also shows that in their glee at the thought of Jesse Duplantis going to hell, they display their own heart of hate.
“Aye but he isn’t a brother,” is no justification or argument for wanting anybody to go to hell.
With such malice in the hearts of those who claim to know and love the Lord, is it any wonder people stay away in droves from our churches?
People in the world don’t read the Bible; they read us.
And God reads our hearts.
Woe betide any who have the heart of a murderer.
One last thought I would like to share. I believe God put Jesse Duplantis up to all this, not to expose his covetousness as all the haters would claim, but to show what was in the hearts of way too many who profess to love God yet delight in spewing hatred towards a brother in Christ.