I place responsibility for the degrading of morality in the USA precisely
upon we who are Christians. Why? Because we are supposed to
I had an interesting discussion about the
recent change in the USA which upends a moral principle. Behavior
which is contrary to the natural order and the Law of God has now
been made legal. The line of "reasoning" the other person had is a
familiar one. We are all sinners, so we have no right to "judge"
My rebuttal was simple. We have
murderers in the church. They are expected to change and murder no
more. We have adulterers in the church. They are expected to change
and no longer commit adultery. We have thieves in the church; they
are expected to change and no longer steal. Not by the might and
power of the human spirit, but by the indwelling Holy Spirit Who
Jesus died in order to give us [His Spirit].
The power of the
Gospel is not simply forgiveness ... it is CHANGE. Change from our
feral nature to the image of Christ. The Message of the Gospel is not benefits, it is TRANSFORMATION through Jesus Christ.
2 Co 3:18 And we all,
with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being
transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to
another. For this comes from the Lord who is the
Rom 6:4 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.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall
certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that
our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might
be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to
Rom 8:5 For those who live according to the flesh set
their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to
the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6 For to set the
mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and
peace. 7 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it
does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. 8 Those who are in
the flesh cannot please God. 9 You, however, are not in the flesh but
in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who
does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if
Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is
life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus
from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead
will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells
in you. 12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live
according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you
will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body,
you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of
God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into
fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom
we cry, "Abba! Father!" 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our
spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs
of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in
order that we may also be glorified with him. 18 For I consider that
the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the
glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with
eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the
creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him
who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free
from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of
the children of God.
Rom 12:1 I appeal to you therefore,
brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living
sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the
renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will
of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
claim to be born again, but have not been changed in your thinking
and behavior, it does not matter what doctrines you "believe". It's all
CRAP if you have resisted change by the Holy Spirit.
OUR DEFENSE against the immoral attacks upon God's Law .... those
seeking to "approve" their unnatural behavior have no desire to
change, so their "commentaries" from Scripture have no power ...
they want to make the Scriptures say what they want them to say.
AA teaches alcoholics to change their behavior. Violent
people who come to Christ either change their behavior ... or they are
not living by faith! Thieves who come to Jesus change their attitude
about other peoples' property and steal no more. The POWER of the
Gospel is the change of the human nature and behavior. It is not
simply about being forgiven and believing some different ideas. No,
Jesus' death and resurrection is the statement that God has made a
way out of the slavery to sin.
Christians have become less
like Jesus instead of more like Jesus .. their morality has reflected
more and more of the standards of the immoral. Christians have
promoted a very false "tolerance" with the quack quote: "Judge not
that you be not judged." While we do not judge a person's salvation,
we do judge their behavior, as Jesus taught us to:
Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore
that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Mat 7:17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the
diseased tree bears bad fruit.
Mat 7:18 A healthy tree
cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit.
Mat 7:19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut
down and thrown into the fire.
Jesus is not specifically
talking about trees. He is using them as an example that bad
behavior does not flow from a transformed life. And, He teaches His
followers to identify good and bad behavior! Jesus did not walk
around condemning people, but when He was asked about sin, He
Quack preachers ... quit focusing upon
forgiveness and start preaching the power of the life-changing Gospel
... or SHUT UP!
Quack Christians .. you are going to be held accountable
for the Word of God that is available to you ... how many Bibles do
you own? One is enough.
We've lost the war. It is best we
start over and get down to the basics of the Gospel.
was created, then Eve. They sinned. God continually sought to
redeem human beings from their captivity to sin. So, then, IN THE
FULLNESS OF TIME, He sent His ONLY Begotten Son to die in our
place and then raise up victorious over death that we might live in
NEWNESS of life. Not the "newness" of permissive sin. But, in the
newness of life which reflects Christ and is victorious over our old,
God did NOT tell us to change the world politically or through positive
affirmations. He told us to proclaim Jesus and let our changed lives
be a witness to Him.