Friday, March 18, 2011

Cheapening grace



Premarital sex





Alcohol/drug addiction


Extra-marital affairs


Porn addiction



Having a bad attitude




Disrespect for your parents


Which one of these sins did Jesus die for? (Answer: all of the above!)

At what point did we, as Christians, have the audacity to decide which sins were forgivable & which ones weren't? Was there a conference call from Christ where He shared which ones He shed His bled for? Did I miss an email or memo? Did it go into my spam folder? Somewhere along the way, we decided that some sins were alright & we could overlook them but others were just too big for us to let go of. Even those that have been repented of & left in the past by the sinner....we just can't leave them in the past. Somewhere along the way, we decided who could come to our churches & who couldn't, based on the number of tally marks WE placed in the sin column of their scorecard. I hate to see Christians turning people away from the Church because they have "one of those problems"....or to see a sinner treated as if they are filthy & dirty because of their sin.

Newsflash: without the blood of Jesus...without His righteousness, we are all filthy.

Don't cheapen grace by determining which sins are "ok" & "forgivable". Don't remove the power of His blood.

When Christ hung on the cross, He died for all of our sins. Every single one. Not just a few select sins. All of them. All of the ones you've already committed & every one you will commit in the future. (remember, when He died for you, all of your sins were in the future!)

Unless He's had a change of plans along the way that I missed, it's not up to me to decide which ones will be allowed into my church building.

(Note: I am not trying to say that a person who is living in habitual sin should not be mentored & nudged to repentance or dealt with by Biblical church discipline.)

1 comment:

Lauree said...

Preach it Liz! Amen sister! Love it.