Honesty is the best policy.
I have been asked to write down what the most important spiritual law I know is.
It is to be found in St John’s First Epistle: ‘If a man says, I love God and hates his brother, he is a liar’.
If you say that you love God but do not love your brother, then you are a scribe and a pharisee, a hypocrite, and woe unto you. Why woe unto you?
Woe because the bill always comes due, chickens always come home to roost, what goes around, comes around, there are always consequences to your actions, there is always blowback, like a boomerang, the consequences will come and hit you. As the French say, ‘Do not spit in the air’ (think about it), or as the Russians say, ‘Do not spit in the well, for you may need the water’.
In other words, I am saying that there is such a thing as spiritual responsibility. You only have to think of meddling in the Ukraine and then finding that your main church has become a mosque. God judges that you are not worthy of it, unless you repent. For over 500 years the Greek Church in Turkey has failed to convert the Turkish people to Christ and just made them into national enemies. Why? Surely we are supposed to love our enemies? When a church stand empty, you are not worthy of it and it will be handed over to others. But there are many other cases in other lands. Stand in fear and trembling.
I once knew one well-known, self-styled ‘spiritual father’; one who said that if ever he saw someone again, it would be over his dead body. Within six months he was dead. Be warned. You cannot get away with it. So they fall, one after another.