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Straight and narrow

Dear friends, greetings in the blessed Name of our Lord Jesus. As Christians we’re often focused on maintaining our personal holiness and righteousness. But it’s equally important for us to condemn sin (NOT the sinner) when we encounter it. In the name of liberty and equality we have Presidents, Supreme Courts and entire governments legalizing behavior (1 Corinthians 6:9, Genesis 19:5, Romans 1:27) that even animals don’t indulge in. There are “churches” that not only condone but actively promote such promiscuity. Many Christians have voted for officials who call themselves Christians but openly endorse (if not participate in) such lasciviousness. We Christians will not only be judged by God Almighty for what we do, but also for what we don’t do.

Please turn with me to Revelation 2:14-16, 20-23. This is the risen Lord Jesus Christ speaking to the Apostle John who was in exile on the island of Patmos. These verses spoken to the churches in Pergamum and Thyatira are a judgment against the tolerance to sexual promiscuity rampant in our societies today. Notice that the risen Lord of the Universe didn’t accuse the saints in those churches of indulging in such behavior but for condoning such behavior. The Apostle Paul faced a similar situation in the Corinthian church (1 Corinthians 5) where he had to rebuke them for their carnality. We can trace the origins of such perversity back in history to the Prophet Abraham and his brother Lot. In Genesis 19:1-29 we see how God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for the perversion mentioned in Genesis 19:5 and which is being blessed by democracies all across the world (would you believe me if I were to tell you that even India is considering legalizing such perversity?). Unfortunately the narrative doesn’t end there and in Genesis 19:30-38 we witness Lot’s daughters committing obscenity and giving birth to offspring who fathered the Moabites and Ammonites, both races which God commanded the Hebrews to destroy (2 Samuel 8:2, 1 Chronicles 19).

The Lord Jesus had indeed done away with most of the archaic laws of the Old Testament (Colossians 2:14). However, a Holy God still demands absolute moral rectitude from us (1 Peter 1:13-16). I’m quite certain that all of us have no problem in maintaining our personal holiness as commanded by the Apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 6:15-20). The only trouble is that sometimes we may condone such acts in others.

The straight and narrow road leading to eternal life through the small gate (Matthew 7:13-14) is as much about our obedience to the risen Lord in our personal holiness as it is about not condoning sin in others. But please don’t rush to become judgmental or critical without sensitivity (Matthew 7:1-5). Instead, let the Holy Spirit provide you the right opportunity to witness to such people and correct them. When such people see your love and friendliness they’ll seek your counsel without you having to browbeat them. However, saints who vote for politicians and officials who openly espouse such immorality and frame such policies are as much in danger of damnation as those that commit such deeds. God is holy saints, and let’s not miss out on our prize in heaven by refusing to be strong enough to oppose such sin (and NOT the sinner). Amen.

Dear friends, I’m quite certain that all of you are sanctified, Holy Ghost baptized saints. Should there be any among you that don’t know the Lord yet, I pray that the Lord of the Universe will set you free from sin and disobedience into His glorious light and freedom. Amen.

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