Lawful and Sinful

28 Jun

We have come to a place where we automatically assume because something is lawful it must also be moral.  Morality has changed a great deal just even in my lifetime. We, for some reason, think that if we wrap sin in pretty paper with a shiny bow and throw a party for it, it somehow changes how humanity and God sees it.  Because one is acting within law they automatically assume they are “a good person”(which is subjective without the moral parameters given to us by God). There has been a drastic culture change and it just isn’t within the secular world but also within the lives of believers. We are challenging people to redefine what God already defined.  Many Pastors and churches are riding the worldly train looking to attract new members by going against the very word of God-perverting the Bible in ways to make sin irrelevant to ones salvation. We have caved under pressure and are afraid of defending the word of God because we covet the love of man more than the Son of Man.

We have to learn to separate the sin from the sinner.  We can love and support people without celebrating their sin. James 5:19-20 says-  My dear brothers and sisters, if someone among you wanders away from the truth and is brought back,  you can be sure that whoever brings the sinner back will save that person from death and bring about the forgiveness of many sins.

Of course I understand not everyone is a believer but we as Christians need to live a life that reflects God’s will toward them. For example in Colossians 4:5-6 it says-“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone”.  When we are asked, we need to be ready with an answer and do it in such a way that conveys truth, gentleness, and respect.

Titus 2:1 says-“You must teach what is in accord to sound doctrine”. It doesn’t end there.  There are many other verses dealing with false doctrine.

When we sugar coat, add, or purposely misinterpret for gain… Titus 1:11 says it well-“They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach–and that for the sake of dishonest gain.

I know the new popular slogan is “I want to be on the right side of history”.  While that might bring worldly pleasure, I would much rather be on “the right side of eternity”.

Love everyone fiercely, be the first to offer encouragement, always speak the truth in love, but don’t forget to be set apart.  Let’s be bold for Jesus!

~Be Blessed and be a Blessing~

Rebecca

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7 Responses to “Lawful and Sinful”

  1. gabecox June 28, 2015 at 9:29 pm #

    So interesting, I have had these same thoughts rolling around in my head. Just because government mandates something does not make it right. I answer to my God in eternity, not government, so I base my morality on His Words and His Truths. Well said. We can still walk in love, but we must not give in to the worldly views of morality.

    • Rebecca June 29, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

      Thank you, my sweet friend! I just love hearing your thoughts. Sometimes it is hard to be set apart but in the scheme of eternity it is worth it 🙂

  2. The Vintage Couple June 28, 2015 at 9:39 pm #

    You hit the nail on the head Rebecca. Awesome post!! 🙂

    • Rebecca June 29, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

      Thank you so much! I know what a touchy subject this is but as followers of Christ we need to continue to shine bright for Biblical truth and love! Your encouragement always just blesses my heart!

  3. Karl D Rhoads June 29, 2015 at 9:54 am #

    The Spirit of Truth is overflowing in and through you, as your post brings to mind a passage from the Gospel of John;. “As Scripture says, ‘Streams of living water will flow from deep within the person who believes in me.'” –John 7:38 GOD’S WORD® Translation

    The Word of Christ definitely “dwells in you richly” (COL 3:16). I thank God for you and your heart for Christ.

    May God never cease to pour out His grace and peace upon you and yours. Amen.

    • Rebecca June 29, 2015 at 1:41 pm #

      Thank you, Karl! It can be a tricky slope navigating truth and love. I am so grateful for my friends, like you, who constantly remind me to be set apart and approach everything with Christ like actions. Your continued encouragement truly blesses me! Thank you and God Bless you, my friend!

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