Can a Christian have a cavalier attitude toward sin and lawlessness? Does the sacrifice Jesus made prohibit His followers from dwelling in sin? There are very serious rebukes for the Church that wallows long in sin and tolerates immorality (Revelation 1-3).
This study is the beginning point of a series regarding sin and lawlessness. We should listen to the Word of the Lord concerning sin.
I also want to put to test the validity of what people are teaching about “the tolerant Christ” so often preached today; is this “tolerant Christ” the one that we had preached first to us by the Apostles?
In the modern assembly tolerance has been cultivated towards sin under the mask of “love” and “peace”. I realize the intent is to reach more lost souls, but we want to consider if tolerating the very thing that Jesus came to free us from truly “saves more lost souls”. I believe the result of this has been utterly devastating on the Body of Christ in more ways than have been recounted. I think we’ve lost faith that “sin leads to death”.
Using the passage “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), many have preached that we should, therefore, go on sinning and that God must be very tolerant towards our sin; the attitude present in some teachings of this even make it sound like God doesn’t even care (at all) if we sin anymore.
We’re going to look at what God said towards sin and the power of His gospel that allows us to persevere in overcoming sin. I encourage you to accept these things from the Lord.
to swim in raging waters?
In order to simplify, let’s ask ourselves this question, “would I try to teach my drowning friend how to swim in the raging waters, or would I toss him a life-line and pull him out of the water to safety?”
According to the gospel in Christ, we have been totally removed from darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of Light (Col 1:13); so why do we hear churches trying to teach people to swim in the vast ocean of sin.
We’re responsible for the souls we teach and lead; so let’s consider this with all seriousness as we realize that mishandling this can mislead souls by teaching them to swim in sin rather than pointing to the life-line that has been thrown to them by Christ. If they take that life-line, He will pull them out of the raging waters of sin and place them securely into the ark of His covenant. In these last hours, the Lord is not willing that His Church be condemned, rather, that she cut away those who are disobedient to Him so that they may be made shown as unfaithful.
“27 and He will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you are from; DEPART FROM ME, ALL YOU EVILDOERS.’”
In plain terms, those who walked the “wide path” of sin will forever depart from Jesus because they did evil in His sight.
The designs of man are insufficient to lead us to Christ; you can not “design your own path” to righteousness.
Simply stated, your end will be in death unless something miraculous happens.