“To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord approveth not.”
One of the most evil things anyone can do is to attempt destroying another person. The verse above says, “To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord approveth not.” God is not for a coup attempt on other believers. The psalmist says in Psalm 105:15, “Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.” God is very clear about the believer having no part in trying to destroy another person.
The word “subvert” carries several definitions that properly describe how a person may “subvert a man in his cause.” To “subvert” means to destabilize, disrupt, wreak havoc, sabotage, undermine, undercut, distort, and damage. Each of these words describes what subverting a person means. As a believer, you must be careful that you are not the one who is guilty of doing any of these things in another person’s life. Let me give you several thoughts about this area of bringing another person down.
First, when you try to destroy another person, you are not doing the works of Christ. Satan is a destroyer, not a builder. Any time you are out to destroy another person, you are doing Satan’s work for him. I would hate to think that I am doing the work of my enemy for him. My friend, you should never allow yourself to be involved in anything that would destroy another brother in Christ.
Second, the work of Christ is to restore and build. God is the master of restoration, and you would be wise to try to restore someone who is doing wrong rather than trying to destroy them. You will always find that God rebuked or chastened, not to destroy, but to restore back to usefulness. The believer’s mission for fighting sin should be to fight it to keep people from doing it and to restore those who are in its grip. Never allow yourself to make fighting sin a personal vendetta against someone; instead, fight sin to restore the sinner from the grips of sin.
Third, the LORD never approves of a coup attempt. The verse above says, “To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord approveth not.” Your justification to destroy another individual is never approved by God. You can try to justify your mission to destroy another person, but you will always be on the wrong side of the LORD.
Fourth, it is the LORD’s job to correct those who are doing wrong. David said in the psalm above, “Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.” God says in Romans 12:19, “…Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” It is never the believer’s responsibility to try to destroy another person. David believed this principle so much that his heart smote him when he cut off the skirt of Saul. It should bother you when you are involved in anything that would subvert another believer in what they are trying to do for the LORD.
Let me ask you, are you letting jealousy, hatred or bitterness cause you to try to destroy another in their cause? My friend, you will find yourself fighting against the LORD if you are involved in any action like this. Let me encourage you to give your cause to the LORD and to continue doing what you are supposed to do. God is very capable of correcting the wrongs of His children without your help. If you will stay busy trying to reach the harvest, you’ll find yourself too busy to destroy other believers.