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Judgment vs Discernment

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A few months back during a conversation with a family member about the state of the church and how it finds itself compromising itself by embracing sin, I was sent a link to a website about a coalition of self-proclaimed religious leftists explaining much of what we are seeing today. I couldn’t help but roll my eyes at the frequent use of the words inclusiveness and tolerance while these so-called Christian leftists threw their support behind Planned Parenthood and behind the LGBT community.

“Judge not, lest you be judged”, seems to be the golden rule and go to phrase of those that preach the “gospel of Inclusiveness”; a gospel that in Paul’s words “Is not another, but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.”

Rather than preaching repentance and salvation, being politically correct and being inclusive has become the main theme of many of today’s churches. This is especially prevalent in seeker-friendly churches and denominational churches that find themselves watering down the gospel and even embracing sin in the name of inclusiveness and love.

However, in the church’s efforts to include people, the church finds itself overlooking the dangers of sin.

Sin is a cancer to humanity that can cost the eternal soul, but today, many Christians overlook sin and don’t seem to recognize the danger it poses to the individual and to the body of Christ as a whole. The Bible tells us in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.”

Simply put, the consequences of sin are high and sin can result in eternal separation from God.

It is because of this that God sent His Son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins to pay the price for our sins. There was a high price paid for our sins, and therefore sin is not something to take lightly. We have a need for Jesus, for only Jesus’ shed blood can cleanse us of our sins.

For this reason, I find it quite disturbing that many churches have shied away from preaching about sin, preaching about repentance, preaching about Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for our sins, and Jesus being the means of salvation. In John 14:6 Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except through me.” Through Christ, and Christ alone, we are forgiven when we repent of sin.

The issue of sin, man’s redemption through Jesus, and repentance are the most pivotal elements of the Christian faith. To see it go unrecognized and ignored by pastors across our nation is an outrage. Without the gospel message, there is no Christian faith; without repentance there is not forgiveness of sin; without Jesus, whom Paul calls the author and finisher of our faith, we have no eternal life. Without these key elements of the Christian faith we do not have Christianity.

For these reasons, I am disturbed that there are pastors that justify sin by declaring that God is love and that a loving God will accept us as we are. God truly loves us and these people are right in the sense that we are not the final authority over our neighbor; nevertheless, these doctrines misrepresent the Bible and the Christian faith entirely.

These beliefs can very well bring judgment upon the people who believe them and preach them because they are actually leading people away from God. I am not going to deny that God is a God who shows love, for Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” John 3:16-17 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

The Bible itself shows us the story of God’s love for humanity and the price paid for man’s sin so we might be reconciled with God. However, as a parent loves their children; God also must discipline and hand out what we would call “tough love”.

If we truly believe all of the Scriptures, we would also remember what Romans 6:23 says that sin separates us from God. The people that declare that God is love must realize that just as a parent doesn’t condone the wrongdoing of their children, God is not oblivious to sinful lifestyles. First Corinthians 6:9-10 tells us that those living in sin will not enter the kingdom of God.

I grow weary of those that are condoning sin in the name of love. These people in their effort to be loving keep others in the bondage of sin. Is it truly loving to watch as sinners drift away down a road of unrepentant sin that leads straight to the pits of hell?

Are we not supposed to give them the gospel of Christ that can set them free from all manner of wickedness? I know not what others may desire, but I want to see people set free from their sin. I want them to find new life in Christ, repent of their sins, and find a much more fulfilling life in Christ. The God condones sin crowd just doesn’t seem to get the difference between discernment and judgment.

We aren’t the ultimate authority, but we aren’t to turn a blind eye towards sin. Christians aren’t to be faultfinders, overlook their own faults, and assume the role of supreme judge; but that doesn’t mean we can’t define right from wrong. Just as a doctor would inform us about a disease we have, Christians should be allowed to identify sin that binds people up and keeps them from living a truly fulfilling life and more importantly we must point to our Savior Jesus Christ who has given us a way out from our sins. To do otherwise is not only foolish, but it also leads many to their own destruction.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author and are not not necessarily either shared or endorsed by iPatriot.com.

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