Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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Unintended Consequences of Not Confronting Sin

          I came upon the above statement, and it led me to contemplate whether the statement was true or an erroneous statement designed to deceive.  I believe it is the latter.  In fact, it is a part of the LGBT agenda that is meant to depict the Christian faith and church as a bigoted body that seeks to demonize and victimize persons within the gay culture.  The statement itself is meant to put the average Christian in a box marked with the labels of hater, bigot, and intolerant, automatically putting him in a defensive position.  But I caution each believer not to fall into that pit of deception, for is a technique of manipulation, intimidation, and deception used by Satan, the father of all lies.

           The major problem found within this statement is the faulty assumption that the Christian Church, that is the body of believers in Jesus Christ, are guilty of singling out homosexuality as being a far greater sin than the sin of adultery.  In so doing, they have already ensnared themselves to put themselves at odds with even their own present agenda.  They see themselves as victorious in the latest Supreme Court decision to change the definition of marriage from being between a man and a woman to any two people who profess to love one another.  So now, according to their own agenda, it is not just married heterosexuals that are guilty of adultery, but now the “married” homosexuals can be deemed as committing the sin of adultery.  Under their own newly defined marriage, those who stray are just as guilty of committing adultery as any married heterosexual couple.  Therefore, adultery, according to their own agenda, is an equal opportunity sexual immorality act, and can no longer be looked upon as an only heterosexual sin.  Welcome to the band wagon, you just jumped on it.
          There are many today who profess to be Christians yet they have deceived themselves into thinking that there are many paths to God, that they can deny the Bible as the true word of God, deny the deity of Christ, deny that Jesus is the only name under heaven through whom salvation can be found, and all the while, they still profess to be a Christian.  They even set themselves up as being wiser than God, and therefore they can decide for themselves what is or is not sinful, setting the wisdom and knowledge of God aside as being inferior to whatever man may decide.
          They have taken the truth of God, “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”, and turned it upside down to mean that “Love is god.”   They have ignored Jesus entirely when He said that if you are to enter the Kingdom of God, “you must be born again,” (reborn in spirit, and receive the Holy Spirit).  The works of man become the center of everything in their world, while, for all intensive purposes, denying the need of recognizing Jesus as the Son of God, the need to confess their sins, and recognizing that it was Jesus’ death on the cross that paid for our sins, and that salvation is the gift of God by the grace of God for anyone who confesses with his mouth, and believes in his heart that Jesus Christ is Lord.  Salvation is NOT based on our works; it is through faith in the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross, and upon His resurrection from the dead, paying the sin debt in full for anyone who will believe on Him, and through faith receive the gift of eternal life.  These are not my ideas or words; they are God’s.  Of course, if one does not believe the Bible to be the inerrant word of God, and that Jesus proved that He is who He said He is, “God come down in the form of man” that we might know Him, then we are to be pitied and the Christian faith does not exist.  Either He is the only begotten Son of God, or He is a lunatic, or a liar. 
          As I previously said, even some professing Christians have joined in with those who seem to think they can decide what is or is not sin for themselves based either upon their own opinion, or the opinions asserted by the present culture or society.  They have, in their own minds, decided that “love is god.  They truly believe that sin should not be confronted as sin, for that is being “judgmental” and it is very unloving to say anything that might make anyone feel uncomfortable about their thoughts, words, or deeds.  Even the “sin” word is an offense to their feelings.  Some of the post Christian churches of today have dropped the word sin from their vocabulary, and exchanged it for the word “mistakes.”  There now, doesn’t that make you feel much better about yourself?  You no longer need to humble your self before the Lord, acknowledge your sins, and ask His forgiveness, for you no longer sinned; you have only made mistakes, and everybody does that.  Hey, no one even lies anymore; they only “misspeak.”  No need for forgiveness there.  Even the conscience of the natural man has gotten so seared, even “mistakes” no longer bother the conscience, and we more or less live by doing whatever is pleasing to ourselves. 
          The problem is not that the church focuses on homosexuality and not adultery.  The problem is that we don’t want to be confronted with the sin in our lives at all, whether it’s sexual immorality or any other sin.  No, no, that is not loving!  Here is the biggest lie, and we in the church carry the biggest burden of guilt, for we, of all people should know better.  We “think” we are being caring and loving to one another by not confronting the sin that is right there in our midst.  I pick homosexual immorality, not because it is worse than any other form of sexual immorality, but simply because that is what was singled out in the original statement on the poster.  We think that if we “disagree” with God’s word, it is the “loving” thing to do to agree with, condone, and exalt the behavior as not wrong, but good and right.  There that puts a bandaid on it, covers it up, removes all the stigma, makes everyone feel good about themselves, and everyone can ignore it (and any other sin), and going on living a merry little life where you’re okay, I’m okay, and everything’s just hunky dory; eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow you may die.  Here’s the dilemma; all the lying that we do to one another doesn’t change God or His ways one bit. 
          Here’s where those unintended consequences enter upon the scene of life.  Yes, for now we will still stay focused on the sin of homosexuality, but we could replace it within anything that God says we are to resist the temptation to get involved in any sin, not to give us a list of does and don’ts, but to protect us from the destruction that it surely, without a doubt, brings upon us.  Maybe you have a friend or relative that struggles with that sin in their life.  You don’t want to appear insensitive, hurtful, hateful, or intolerant so you “lovingly” agree with them that it is merely a different lifestyle, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it.  In the reality, whether man believes is God or not, He is ultimately responsible unto God.  But you and I, with our flattery lips, we help lead them right down the path of destruction to their eternal damnation. Why have we done this?  All along, we were thinking about ourselves, not them.  All because we want to “fit in” and look like the rest of the world, we didn’t want to take the risk that we might rejected and hated in the eyes of the world because we tried to tell them that sin was going to ultimately destroy them and separate them eternally from God.  No, it was far easier to say “no sin here Sweetypie;” “there are no consequences for choosing to disobey God.”  We have thrown out the truth that God says we are to love the sinner, but hate the sin.  No, No, it’s much easier for you and I to “appear” as being so loving in the eyes of the world.  It’s too risky to our own self esteem to at least tell them the truth of Jesus’ love for them, and let them have a chance to go to Him, acknowledge sin, repent, ask forgiveness, and through faith by grace receive Salvation through Him. It may “look” loving in the eyes of the world to condone the sin and not confront it.  But ultimately, from a biblical world view, in the eternal true love sense, what matters is at least telling others about Jesus and His plan of salvation.  Then, their response is between themselves and Jesus.  Yes, we need to get it straight.  Love is not god; God is love for He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever would believe on Him might have life everlasting.
          True problem that exists in the church is not the deception represented by the statement in the poster.  Rather, it is the failure of the church today, not only to confront sin, but more often a failure to act as a place of healing and support for one another in the struggle to resist and overcome the sin in our lives.  Unfortunately, many churches are so involved in being places of the “health, wealth, and feel good messages” or activists for social justice “works”, that the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ has almost been shoved out the back door as an unloved stepchild, something that is practically an embarrassment and a symbol of shame rather than the glory and power of the Lord. 
          Oh that we would delight in the Lord and in His message of love that He has for all, not wanting any to perish in their sins, but being saved through grace because of His mercy and forgiveness towards us if we will but choose to believe and receive Him as Savior and Lord.  Let us seek the wisdom of the Lord that we may not be deceived ourselves by the powers and principalities of this world, nor be complicit in contributing to the deception and destruction of others.  Let us truly love others as Christ has loved us, not counting ourselves as being self righteous for all have sinned and fallen short of the mark of God’s perfection, but count the sacrifice of Jesus as having paid the full price for our sin debt.  Trusting in His righteousness as we receive through faith and we are cleansed and made whole by the blood of Jesus, for by faith through His mercy and grace we are saved, and not by any works of our own.  “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.  Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect; but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.” (Php. 3: 10-12)   


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