I found another Facebook post, this one is titled: “Just to clear a few things up”.
So, some things are right and some things are wrong about this post, here I will discuss both. The first noticeable difference are the things that it lists as sin, so we will investigate those.
- Sex before marriage = sin (Genesis 2:20-24, 1 Corinthians 7:2), sexual immorality/pornea
- Lying = sin (Exodus 20:16, Proverbs 6:16-19, Colossians 3:9), bearing false witness/lying
- Stealing = sin (Exodus 20:15, Ephesians 4:28), “let the thief steal no more”
- Kids out of wedlock = 1/2 truth. Number 1 is the full truth, and this is just adding to it.
- Judging = not sin. Although many people misquote Matthew 7:1-2 “Judge not, lest you be judged”, when read in context, Jesus was speaking about judging people fairly (using correct discernment) in contrast to what the Pharisees did which was judge unfairly, sometimes by appearance, wealth, or social status. The commentator David Guzik states that: “Jesus did not prohibit the judgment of others. He only requires that our judgment be completely fair, and that we only judge others by a standard we would also like to be judged by.” – this standard is God’s standard, not our own personal convictions. A few verses later in Matthew 7:15-20, Jesus speaks about correct discernment and using an analogy that lumps people into two groups – good trees and bad trees, and you can tell them apart by the fruit that they bear. We are to be holy (set apart, in a good way) as God is Holy (Lev 20:26, 1 Peter 1:16). Just as God is loving and Good, He is also discerning and hates sin (Psalm 7:11, Psalm 5:4). Christians are called to show unconditional love, but are not called to approve of every action, but to fairly discern sin from righteous living (Romans 12:2).
- Envy = sin (Exodus 20:17, Titus 3:3-7), Not being content with what God has provided to you. Everyone deserves God’s judgment and wrath on sin, we are not entitled to anything but that, so anything that God gives you (even basic needs) is grace and then grace upon grace with the gift of His Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins to save us!
- Fighting = depends on the definition. Fighting as in arguing/violent aggression = sin (Romans 12:17, Ephesians 4:31-32, Colossians 3:7-9). Fighting as in sports/boxing/martial arts = not sin.
- Lust = sin (Matthew 5:28, Colossians 3:5).
- Selling drugs = 1/2 truth. There is not a mention of drugs in the Bible, but Jesus tells us to obey the government put above us and likewise the apostle Paul said the same (*Note here that we must obey unless they cause us to sin or go against conscience) (Mark 12:17, Romans 13). So if the government above you says it is illegal, then it would be a sin to do so. In addition to that, we should also obey the Holy Spirit God has given us as well as our consciences – if we know that a drug is destructive and hurtful to people, should we use it or sell it? No, we should not, it would not be loving to our bodies or to others.
- Murder = sin. (Exodus 20:13, Matthew 5:21-22). Murder is the willful taking of a human life outside of defense of self or others (Murder = unjust killing).
- Cheating = sin (see the same verses about lying). Cheating is deceitfulness, which is lying.
- Adultery = sin (see the same verses for Lust).
- Homosexuality = sin (see the same verses for Sex before marriage / sexual immorality / pornea).
Now what the post got right was that “all sin is sin”. All sin is equal in God’s eyes (it is wrong and rebellion against Him), but not all sin produces the same consequences. Murder is different than lying in that the outcome of one is the unjust death of a human and the other is giving a false statement – both are equally sinful (willfully committing evil acts), but both have different effects.
The next statement is unfortunately misleading and a very common phrase of today, that “God loves all people”. God created this universe and earth calling it “good”, but humankind was the greatest part of His creation, calling it “very good”(Genesis 1:1-31). God is a Good Father, and we are all like rebellious children, but that does not make everyone a child of God. When people truly believe in the Gospel of Christ and are saved, we are adopted into God’s family (Mark 10:18, Romans 8:15-16, Galatians 4:7). Sin separated us from God, we are not automatically His kids even though we are created in His image (Genesis 1:27, Romans 3:23). Jesus says that before anyone believes in His name for salvation, we are not children of God, but children of the devil and his ways (John 8:38-44). The apostle Paul explains it more by saying that we are “children of wrath” without Jesus’ saving power and grace (Ephesians 2:1-3).
- Does God unconditionally love His creation as a whole – aka humanity? — Yes.
- Does God unconditionally love His children (true believers / followers of Jesus Christ)? — Yes.
- Does God show grace upon grace to sinners (Christians and non-Christians), being patient so that they may repent and turn to Him? — Yes (2 Peter 3:9, Isaiah 30:18, Ezekiel 33:11).
- Does God show mercy, grace, and compassion to sinners? — Yes (Deuteronomy 4:31, Psalm 103:13-14, Psalm 145:7-9, Joel 2:12-13, John 3:16-17, Romans 5:8).
- Does God unconditionally love all people just because they exist, regardless if they live for Him or if they continually live in rebellion to Him? — Yes.
- Does God allow all people to live their lives however they see fit, just because they believe they can or because they believe that “God is love” and that somehow means there are no repercussions for their actions? — No. Without Jesus, people are children of wrath destined for Hell (a prison for the devil and his demons, not humanity, see Matthew 25:41). This is why Christians need correct discernment (judging) and need to preach the Gospel to all people because they are lost without God! You cannot lovingly tell someone “God/Jesus loves you; Go and do whatever makes you happy!”. It is misleading, deceitful, unloving, and downright hateful to tell someone they are perfectly safe when in fact they are in harm’s way, especially if it is not a temporary burden but eternal hell-fire!
The final nail in the coffin for this post is: Yes, I know where homosexuals will end up – it’s where all sinners apart from the salvation of Jesus Christ end up -> Hell, which is the only eternal place that exists apart from God and His Kingdom (Heaven). Hell is not a place created for humanity, but for the devil and his demons.
IT IS MY WISH THAT NO MAN, WOMAN, OR CHILD EVER GO THERE! I LOVE AND CARE FOR YOU NO MATTER WHAT YOUR LIFESTYLE IS, but I also acknowledge that you cannot go to Heaven where God is unless you repent, believe, and live for Him! I love you and have compassion for you, but that doesn’t mean that I condone or approve of everyone’s actions!
Stubbornly, people go to Hell by the thousands every day because they refuse to turn to God and repent so that they may live! (Isaiah 65:2-3). In Matthew 7:13-14 and in John 14:6, Jesus said:
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few… I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Yes, I am assured of my own salvation, but I do not boast in it as if I earned it (I certainly did not with the life that I have lived apart from God!), instead I worry and pray for all of you that your end will not be in Hell, but in eternal paradise with God our King! Turn to God, believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and live for Him daily (that is, continual repentance & putting aside yourself for Christ’s sake) while there is still time!
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”
(Matthew 24:36-39, also 1 Thessalonians 5:2, and Revelation 16:15)
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