March 22, 2015

There is a lot of noise being made by a small group of people.  One part of this group claim to know how people should think and another part tells everyone else what the other part of the group thinks of how the rest of us should think.  What they are telling us is that there has been a cultural shift in attitudes towards what used to fringe behavior, behavior that used to be kept hush-hush and private now is being broadcast as normal and should be accepted as such.  A lot of the talk is calling out for people to be tolerant and acceptable, and if anyone disagrees then that person should be hung in effigy.

The church cannot be caught up in this cultural trend and the shift towards acknowledging sinful behavior as something to ignore as being what it is, sin.  This cannot happen if the church wants to be the shining city on the hill or the lamp on the pedestal.  If we conform to the way our culture thinks then we have effectively snuffed out the lamp of truth, and the walls of the shining city have been breached.  The gates of hell is not able to stand against the bastion of truth the church should be founded on, unless we give them access into the sanctum of that truth and allow for the changes to be made.

We are to be standing with open arms and open doors to the church.  We are to allow all and anyone to enter in.  And we are to be tolerant and loving towards them because they are sinners in need of Jesus, just as we are.  We must allow the Holy Spirit to do His work and pray for the truth to penetrate into the hearts of men and women.  But we cannot allow any room for what our society and culture teaches about sinful behavior to change our attitude towards sin.  We must love the sinner but hate the sin.

God loves all sinners but He hates sin.  He cannot abide with sin.  Sin cannot enter into His presence.  When Jesus took on the sins of the world on the cross His heavenly Father had to turn away and remove His eternal presence from His only Son because He could not be in the presence of sin.  His holiness cannot tolerate the corruption of sin.  If we are to be holy as He is holy then our attitude towards sin should be the same.  We must not condemn people for their sin because Jesus did not come to condemn the world.  We must embrace the person who is willing to repent of their sin.

Sin must be renounced and the sinner must repent.  And this is not just homosexuality and fornication and illicit sexual encounters or whatever else society is telling is normal.  Some people in the church do not understand that cohabitating is a sin.  We must be like Jesus love everyone, show them that He is the key to the chains that hold them and that they must leave those chains behind once He has set them free.

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