It is okay to accept the sinner and their sin? Even if they’re a professing “Christian” is it okay? It’s perfectly fine to accept the sinner (we should do this, actually). It saddens me how some would prefer others to be happy over protecting morality. When the moral is set on the same level as the immoral a deadly action occurs. These two items cannot be put on the same level — they cannot live together. It’s like a half truth — even if some of it’s true, it’s still a lie.
When we become a Christian we should be changing. It will take your entire life — but we should be changing. Am I perfect? No. I’m still changing. What I’m talking about is how when you’re in deliberate sin — such as homosexuality — and you become a Christian. You should change or be changing that way of life, if you’re in it. If you’re in the lifestyle you MUST get out. The feelings you have for the sin may take days, months, or even years to finally get rid of (and some may remain for a lifetime). Being involved in sin doesn’t mean you’re going to hell. We all fail. Remaining in sin (we know are sin) can though (Galatians 5:20, for example).
Am I saying go and judge everyone? Of course not (we should judge ourselves, though). I’ve wrote posts on judgment before. We shouldn’t be encouraging the sin at all. They must be delivered from the sin, then discipled. They shouldn’t be running back to the sin. The church must be helping and aiding in this. If there’s no prayer and fasting, it’s probably not going to work well either. Words don’t change things — prayer does.
If America (or where you live) made it illegal to be a Christian, would you still be one? Even if the punishment was death, would you still be one? We have it easy. We so often become lazy in the freedom we have. I think we’ve all became lazy in everything. I remember watching a movie (based on a true story) a few weeks back about a woman who was a Christian in Communist China. She was involved in an underground church located in an open area (in a closed area, but it was between buildings). When they sang hymns, they had to mouth the words because of fear of being heard. When the government found them, many of the people were killed (the main woman of the story escaped). It makes me sad when I take for granted being able to go to church freely.
I’ve been listening to a prayer meeting from JHOP (that’s like 2 hours), and it’s something how 4,000 unheard voices are silenced each day and yet we’re so passive about it. We’ve got to pray for them!
I was watching the History Channel today and they had something on about the civil rights period. It made me angry seeing how white men who had murdered blacks had been charged with “violating their civil rights” and not murder. Justice did not prevail. This happened a generation ago now, thought. We’ve got to move past what’s past. Never forget the past, but never hold it to the future. The Conservative ideas Martin Luther King, Jr. held onto must prevail. I love what the new voices in the black community are saying. The veil just has to fall, and quickly! Read more about the video here.