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It’s heartbreaking to me seeing all the posts and listening to people talk about how they’d die for their faith in Christ, yet…. they choose sin over Jesus every day in the way they talk, treat people, what they watch on tv, read in books, post on Facebook, the jokes they enjoy, and the way they spend their time (“I’m too busy to read my Bible or pray or spread the Gospel… that Candy Crush Saga is so time consuming ya know!”).

As John McArthur wrote – “True repentance and faith in Christ denies the usual depraved longings of the human will.”
Or go straight to our Savior, Jesus Christ Himself, and see what He has to say…

“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth; I did not come to bring peace but a sword.  For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.  He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.  And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.  He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.”  Jesus in Matthew 10:34-39 NASB

Folks… He is pretty clear on what He expects of us.  Don’t allow yourself to be fooled by false teachers and there are plenty of them out there!  Nothing is more important.  Nothing.

I share this because there was a time when I thought (was just positive) that I was in the “good” with Jesus, but I wasn’t taking up a stick for Him, never mind a cross.  I was living in sin, doing what I pleased while saying I loved Him.  I was lying to myself and Satan was loving it.  It’s Satan’s goal to keep us deceived.  Some of Satan’s greatest weapons are preachers and people that sit in churches each week thinking they’re okay and leaving the impression with others that they’re okay.  The Bible clearly states to KNOW FOR YOURSELF. Once you’ve heard the gospel message, you will be held accountable.

Please.  Get this right.

We never know what tomorrow will bring, or if we’ll get another chance.   Don’t break His heart by not taking His gift and living for Him.

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I was just reading a post on a “Christian facebook” page where the person had put up one of the cute little pictures that talked all about not judging someone just because they “sin differently” than you do. (I had to take that “cute little picture” and then tweak it just a bit) It seems like those that want to always tell everyone “DON’T JUDGE!!!” are the ones that want to continue in their sin and not have people make them feel bad about it. They take Scripture and twist it all up to suit their desires, just like the Bible says people like that will do. (2nd Timothy 4: 3, 4) A person that’s truly wanting to follow Christ and turn from their sins for Him seem to want to know when they’re making a mistake and committing a sin, so that they can get with the Lord and pray for help in that area.

Yes, Jesus told the Pharisees and teachers of religious law that if they wanted to stone the adulteress to death for the one who’d never sinned to cast the first stone (John 8: 1-11) , but people today want to use this verse to try to convince people that it’s wrong to point out another “believer’s” obvious sin.

However, Jesus Himself also tells us in Matthew 18:15-17 “If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. If the person still refuses to listen. take your case to the church. Then if he or she won’t accept the church’s decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector.”

Ephesians 4:21-24 tells us – “Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from Him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God -truly righteous and holy”, and in Ephesians 5:6-11 we’re told – “Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey Him. Don’t participate in the things these people do. For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of the light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.”

There are plenty of different Scriptures that can be used to show God’s thoughts on sin and judging of it amongst believers, but you have a Bible to go and look those up if you want to read more. I will add one more though. One that I have felt such conviction from lately. One that is hard folks. Hard. It’s in 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 where we’re told by Paul – “When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that. I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people. It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning. God will judge those on the outside, but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you.”

Wow, a person that claims to be a believer, but that consistently chooses to do things that they know are sin is actually considered an evil person and someone you should not only judge, but you should also totally avoid them. That, my friends, is hard.

So, when it comes to people that profess to be a believer in Jesus Christ and believe to be among the saved, it is actually our obligation, according to God’s Word, to confront them with their sin and “judge” them.  Ouch.  Certainly not one of the easier things we’re asked to do as believers and followers of Christ.  Definitely won’t be winning any popularity contests, at least none here on earth.  Jesus is worth it though. It’s a narrow road, but His love is more than worth whatever the cost is to follow Him and fully be one of His disciples.

**God longs to forgive us, but we do need to do our part and repent of our sin, turn away from it, and turn back to Him again.  Always, always, always remember that Jesus LOVES you so much that He chose to die in order for your sins to be forgiven.  Don’t toss His incredible gift back in His face and continue in any type of sin.  Nothing in this world is worth it.

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