My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins. – James 5:19-20 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James5:19-20&version=NIV
Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. And do this, knowing the time,that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in licentiousness and lewdness,not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ,and make no provision for the flesh,to fulfill its lusts. Romans 13:10-10
Love is not walking in and condoning sin! Love is walking in the shoes of Jesus and telling all sinners that they are at risk of losing their soul! Jesus first message was to repent!
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth,and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions,do the work of an evangelist,fulfill your ministry. 2 Timothy 4:3-5″
Do we get to decide what is sin? The”New York Times” has an article that Christians should be made to change the definition of sin to exclude homosexuality. Why? Because they disagree with the definition and don’t want to be labeled as sinners.
They seem to be under the impression that we mortals are the ones who have defined sin! If that were true, perhaps changing the definition would be easy. It might be easy to change the definition of sin for any number of things. Perhaps murder would not be a sin. Or adultery!
There are religions who seem to find it acceptable to change what they believe based on whatever the acceptable morals of the day are. But they are just religions, not a way of life, nor a faith in a promise.
Today is Easter!! The reminder of the promise! The evidence that or God keeps His promises and that if we believe in Him and are faithful and steadfast, holding on to the”full armor of God”, our future is much more important than or present.
“We are sure that we know Christ if we obey his commandments. The person who says, “I know him,” but doesn’t obey his commandments is a liar. The truth isn’t in that person. But whoever obeys what Christ says is the kind of person in whom God’s love is perfected. That’s how we know we are in Christ. Those who say that they live in him must live the same way he lived. Dear friends, it’s not as though I’m writing to give you a new commandment. Rather, I’m giving you an old commandment that you’ve had from the beginning. It’s the old commandment you’ve already heard. On the other hand, I’m writing to give you a new commandment. It’s a truth that exists in Christ and in you: The darkness is fading, and the true light is already shining. Those who say that they are in the light but hate other believers are still in the dark. Those who love other believers live in the light. Nothing will destroy the faith of those who live in the light. Those who hate other believers are in the dark and live in the dark. They don’t know where they’re going, because they can’t see in the dark. – 1 John 2:3-11 http://bit.ly/SFl890”
We don’t define sin! We accept the definition given us by our Lord Jesus Christ! He reaffirmed the Word given us in the laws of Moses. We are also instructed in the very word we are given that there is a price to be paid for changing the Word we are given. The price for leaders who lead their flocks falsely is high.
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in Him. For all that is in the world– the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life– is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” 1John 2:15-17
We don’t decide to define sin! We accept the definition given to us by our God! To those who want to believe that Christ would accept them as they are and not expect them to change are sadly misinformed about why He sacrificed His life to give me and you an opportunity to a future promise. His message was not so simple as love, regardless of how some may believe. His message was clear when He chastised the woman who had been stoned. All too often we simply remember the part about not casting stones but ignore His admonition to the womam to “sin no more.” John 8:11
So while writers who in their ignorance, preach to us of tolerance, and insist that we should change the definition of sin, we, in our faith, must standfast and recognize that if we succumb to the pressure and give in to the temptation to those who desire to be nullified of their sin, ours will be the greatest loss.
Then Jesus came and spoke to them, ” All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always,even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:18-20