Let me preach here about sin. When we get someone into church and Holy Spirit will lead them to become saved through Jesus, and as we get to know them better, too many times, the church as a whole starts to pick them apart and then judge them.
Now, for your average family man this not an issue, but, is it an issue for your people who have lived lost for any length of time? I am talking about the ones that are really trying , and I said trying to get delivered. They got saved when they came, but they are not delivered from all their obvious downfalls yet. My question is, how long is yet?
We in human nature have a built in time frame that we think progress should take place. But how do you handle them if progress does not take place fast enough for us? Let me use a common example: A young couple is still living together outside of marriage (let’s say not legally married) a year after they were saved. Everybody starts to whisper, how they are living in sin, you know I’m telling it like it is.
Then we as Pastors start preaching more and more on the subject, and some legalistic person, and every church has one, will walk right up to the young couple and say, “Did you get that message today”? Now the young couple becomes offended, and they stop coming to church. What is the irony here?
Now, can you tell what the difference is between that situation and one of us as a church walking into a dealership to buy car or whatever, and you being a church leader, telling that salesman that we can buy the same car in the town next door for $1000.00 less, when really we can’t and we just lied to him, instead of blessing the poor salesman , we will try to beat the guy down to his bottom dollar.
Don’t you think that if you bless him, G-d will bless you, we need to put that in our prosperity message. Don’t we tell that car salesman if he comes to church , if he/or she will give to the church G-d will bless them? I’m am not saying everyone does this, but you see what we are getting at.
Now back to the subject at hand, this couple going to church are not married by law yet, and we as leaders, especially when a large amount of money is involved and will lie to sales person, when we are shopping to buy something. Both situations are sin.
This falls all over, drug addicts, a prostitute, a drunk, a cheater, even someone living an alternative life style and we as a church condemn them. Or we as a church leader will go home and watch a basketball game with cheerleaders half dressed. It is hypocritical, judgmental and without grace, to judge others and set standards for others that we ourselves in different situations do not live by. It is all sin.
We are not condoning any of these situations, we should all strive to be more Christ like.
But lets don’t act we have arrived and that drug addict hasn’t. As a leader, if we haven’t got there by now, we probably won’t until Jesus returns. Are you getting my drift here folks? The real problem here is some believe they have arrived, I promise they haven’t and won’t until Jesus comes.
THE PHARISEE STRAIGHTENING OUT JESUS
36 And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat.
37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,
38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.
40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?
43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.
The Bondage of Sin Broken
Now let us move on, go to Romans.
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. KJV
This is pretty clear
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
Now, look at this, this is powerful people
13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
What? Where there is no Law , sin is not imputed? Now who is the only one in the church that can put someone under the Law? We, church leaders. How? By preaching the Law, or attaching law or a commandment to Grace. Now are we saying not to teach on walking in truth, of course not. But teach out of the love of Christ, not by imputing the law.
Presence of the Spirit brings security, In Liberty
2 Cor 3:17
17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
The Spirit bears witness
1 John 5:6
6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. KJV
14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
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