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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Penalties and Consequences

Oswald Chambers said, "One of the penalties of sin is our acceptance of it." It is statements like these that make me pause; a spiritual slap in the face. Chambers goes on to say that the "penalty of sin is that you gradually get used to it, until you finally come to the place where you no longer even realize that it is sin."

Our churches are prime examples of this encroachment. The church overall is becoming more and more like the world to the extent that in many, there is no difference. This ought not to be. Pastors, have you stopped believing that one day you will stand before God to give an account for your leadership?

Why don't we rip out those sections of the Bible we no longer deem relevant? Go ahead, I dare you. It's not that big of a stretch if you already live like you don't believe it. Tear the pages out and be done with it. At least be honest about your insincerity and hypocrisy. God forbid you add deceit and cowardice to your growing list of sins.

Run-of-the-mill Christian, this goes for you as well. When did a rule get passed that you get to decide which parts of the Bible you'll accept? When did you decide that biblical living was optional? It isn't. We do love our pet sins, don't we? We love them so much we now call them other things so we don't have to feel bad. Yet, the timeless truth still stands: God's the one that gets to decide, not you.

Serious-and-for-real Christian, why aren't you confronting those around you? The world depends on your straight talk and true walk. Get noisy about injustice, hypocrisy, spiritual laziness. Remember who you represent. Keep Him in the forefront of your thinking, passions, and heart. Seize the goal that when you stand before Him, you will hold your head high and hear Him say you've done well. You are well-pleasing to Him. You did not slack. You did not shirk. You did not compromise.

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