Can you be a Christian and act like a heathen?
Christianity without conviction – rejection of legalism to the degree of abusing grace.
- This is a major issue in the church today but really has always been an issue.
6 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
15 What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.
- While we’re not under the law, that doesn’t mean we’re absolved from living in righteousness. We’re still called to live holy.
- God has always expected humanity to adhere to righteousness. This is evident when He cursed Cain for murdering Abel; or when He cursed Adam and Eve for disobedience. Or brought the flood during Noah’s day.
- The issue today, is that people have obfuscated what we’ve come to know as the “Law”.
- That the advent of Christ and fulfillment of the law means no more law, which means no more 10 commandments. This belief lies within the failure to understand that the moral law has existed as long as God has existed; which is ALWAYS.
- But there’s another viewpoint on this and it’s that God is soo loving that He simply doesn’t have time for pettiness.
- The idea that Christ’s death on the cross somehow now minimizes the impacts of sin or softens God’s view is nothing short of demonic.
- Many want the pleasure of sin with the benefit of salvation.
- Only God can judge so who are you to say? It’s as if God’s Word which makes it plain is somehow null and void?
- God understands since we’re all sinners. – Sure God does understand but that doesn’t mean God accepts sin.
- God loves the sinner but hates the sin – The correct, Biblical way to think about this, is we are either children of the devil or children of God. And only the children of the devil live as the un-Godly.
- If you don’t love Jesus who is God, therefore you don’t love God; you will not keep His commandments; and if you don’t love God you are a child of the devil.
- Jesus was very clear as to what it took to enter into the kingdom and it was more than a profession of faith.
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness
14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.