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Sunday, April 17, 2005

Sunday Service, 4-17-2005: A recurring theme

Time for some tough love. I need help, so do you, let us pray for each other.

These six things does the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination to him. A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. Proverbs 6: 16-19

There seem to be sins that some in each age and society find abhorrent.

To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the lord than sacrifice. An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked is sin. Proverbs 21: 3,4

Sin has been defined as missing the target. God has expectations that we are unable to fulfill; alone. That is why Christ came, and fulfilled all of God's expectations. God made a relationship with him possible by not leaving us alone. Jesus sacrificed his completed life so that we could be covered by his perfection. He paid the price for us.

We are in no position to point at others and scream about their sin when we are so saturated with sin ourselves. We all need God's cleansing and forgiveness; and this within the Church.

We have no place to condemn any particular sin of those who have not found Christ's forgiveness. Everything done outside of Christ's covering is sin.

This is tough. The plowing of the wicked is sin.

Picture a man who goes to work each day, works hard for his family, and comes home tired at the end of the day. In Biblical times this might be pictured as a farmer. If the farmer is an unrepentant sinner, the same as we once were, then that hard work is sin. Nothing done outside of Jesus is perfect enough to receive God's endorsement.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotton son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3: 16, 17

We can point fingers all we wish, but the sinner's choice of sins is of no consequence. Everything he does misses the target. It is our responsibility to present him with the remedy to sin. Everything done
that is not done in Christ, is sin.

Before we condemn sin in the world, we need to condemn sin in the church:
"he that soweth discord among brethren." Before we condemn sin in the church, we need to condemn sin in ourselves, and seek God's cleansing and help.

Read Matthew 7: 1-5 starting with:

Judge not that ye be not judged. ....

Jesus is Lord!

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