The number of times statements have been made for the tolerance of sin by some Christians cannot be counted. One of the reasons used for sin justification is “Christ hung out and ate with sinners,” as if by this line of reasoning we can tolerate transgressions against God’s law without righteously making evident of the wrong that’s being (or has been) committed.
Admittedly, Christ did eat with sinners (Luke 5:29,30). However, He was not dining with them for the purpose of showing tolerance to their sins and excusing them. When questioned about it He stated a few verses later, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick… I have come to call the sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:31,32).
Christ ate with them for the purpose of showing compassion and love in order for them to repent and believe Him to be the Messiah. He never tolerated transgressions. Likewise, when we as Christians hang with unbelievers it is to be with a purpose of sharing the Gospel or being a light in order for them to see the love and compassion of Christ in us as we go about our daily lives so they will glorify God (Matthew 5:14-16). We should not excuse ourselves and others when a sin has been committed; we are to judge with righteous judgement (John 7:24), using the God-breathed word for reproof and rebuke and doing so out of love, not for the sake to be quarrelsome (2 Timothy 3:16).
One theist correctly stated, “A Christianity that loses its ability to rebuke falsehood and sin is no longer Christianity at all.”
One of the most misused passages in God’s word is John 10:10, where the Lord Jesus Christ speaks to the people saying, “The thief only comes to steal and kill and destroy; I came so that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” What’s being taught is that Christ will bless us with wealth and prosperity in this life, and that all of our struggles would vanish when we allow Him to rule in our lives and become Christians. So when people come to Christ with all of their turmoil, they believe all of their troubles will immediately be over to live in prosperity. But such is far from the truth, and, unfortunately, when one comes into Christ with this mindset and see that it doesn’t happen, they forsake Him and leave His church to go back into the world.
For a lot of women, the outer appearance means everything. So much time, effort and money goes into clothing and makeup that we don’t stop to think about what’s on the inside in our hearts. Sometimes we place our focus on only our apparel to please others or feel as if the outer appearance will determine our beauty. However, in the eyes of God, He cares nothing about our appearances, but what’s within us. 1 Samuel 16:7 says, “God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Whatever is going on inside of us ultimately determines who we TRULY are–good or bad.
The apostle Peter wrote to the women of God struggling with this issue of trying to be beautiful; which is why he wrote in 1 Peter 3:3,4: “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment such as braided hair or gold jewelry or fine clothes, but from the inner person of your heart, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in God’s sight.” Continue reading