We had to stop and deal with a friend who was struggling with this message, who by a complete surprise could not make the distinction between Christian living and saved by grace. So we are going to elaborate on this a little. You can find many scriptures that will tell us very plainly do’s and dont’s of our walk in truth. First, none are prerequisite’s to get saved, and any you attach to being saved by grace is absolutely an error. Grace was a free gift…….period.
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
Sorry, I don’t see any attachments there. But somehow, in church from the pulpit, attachments seem to get there. If we don’t like a situation, then we find one those don’t eat or drink and put them out scriptures to stand on. Lets deal with one.
1 Cor 5:11
11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. KJV
This scripture is way out context with the couple I used for an example. First, this was about a man sleeping with his fathers wife….if it was his mother, it does not say, regardless, in this story, the women belongs to his father, and this was a common problem and had to be stopped right then.
The couple we used as an example, do not belong to anyone else. G-d just has not moved in their life as fast as we would like to see. And as a church, we get legalistic and run them off before G-d is finished with them. We as a church, have forgotten that our job is to keep G-d in peoples lives, not kick them out because we don’t like the situation.
People, without TRUE FREEDOM, or serve Him out of fear, how can it be TRUE LOVE.
17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
It can’t make it any clearer than that.