By: Chris Thomas
In our previous discussion of “BC in a PC World”, we discussed the importance of being contextual. It is imperative that our beliefs are in keeping with the context of God’s Word. There is certainly a grave danger in taking Scripture out of context which will then allow an individual to flex certain phrases and words to fit a particular pleasure or need in their life even though it is not the original intent. That is how lies are portrayed as truth. That is how cults are formed. There is something to be said for people who apply verses, words, and phrases for their own pleasure. It is a dangerous and slippery slope. The wise man warns of this dangerous path:
There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. (Proverbs 14:12)
Not once, but twice:
There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. (Proverbs 16:25)
It is of extreme importance for a man’s soul and the search for truth that we understand Scriptures, not the way we would want to understand them, but the way God wants us to understand them. This now brings us to the next point.
2) It must be consistent. In a debate concerning gay and lesbian marriage, we began discussing the teachings of Jesus Christ. Keep in mind that this individual is an avowed atheist and liberal. “Jesus never condemned gay and lesbian marriage.” The president of the United States in declaring his support for gay and lesbian marriage, the president uses his faith to validate his response. Popular country singer Carrie Underwood also used her “Christian faith” as a validation to accept homosexuality. There is something wrong with all this. It is not consistent with the full word of God. First in response to my friend who used the teachings of Christ, I quickly directed his attention to Matthew:
And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” (Matthew 19:4-6)
He further implied that Jesus was simply making a point and he was using an illustration that they would understand completely because. I then responded, “You know that we as Christians believe that Jesus Christ was God in the flesh. It is simply God in his enduring and abounding love who manifested Himself in human form for the simple reason to die on the cross for the sins of humanity. With that being said, would he violate His own holiness? Would He violate His own Words?” It has been several weeks now and I have not heard a response. Jesus did not change what is classified as sin in the Old Testament law. Sin is still sin, we must still have a righteous indignation concerning it. Yes there is truth that we must love the sinner, but it does not mean we are to accept their sins. I know. That is not politically correct, but it is Biblical.
Abstain from every form of evil. (I Thessalonians 5:22)
Hate evil, you who love the Lord, who preserves the souls of His godly ones; He delivers them from the hand of the wicked. (Psalms 97:10)
“The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverted mouth, I hate. (Proverbs 8:13)
Why such a hatred and anger towards sin? Simply because God hates it and it violates His very nature of holiness. Jesus did not come to make sin acceptable, He came to make a way for you to be free from the condemnation of sin. To accept sin is to lead a person straight to the wrath and the judgment of God and to believe a lie. But there is something much more serious than the allowing the sin to be accepted, not only will God’s righteous judgment be brought upon them, it will also be brought upon us who accepts the sin and in silence ignore the truth of God’s condemnation of sin.
When I say to the wicked, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. (Ezekiel 3:18)
(To Be Continued…)
*All Scripture quotations are from NASB