July 08, 2012
In response to the letters of June 14 and June 18, to be “just a Christian” is the most humbling and wonderful relationship there is. It means that one did not question or try to argue the Bible, but that they received the message that all of mankind is separated from the Holy God by both sin nature and sin practice, and are worthy of nothing but eternal separation from God (Romans 5:16-21).
That’s the bad — but true — news, that is not received by the world, who would rather reject the concept of the Creator God and invent a god of their making, one who is not holy and just, and accepts all forms of deviant behavior.
The genuine Christian is one who understands in their heart that it is not a denomination or organization, such as Freemasonry, that strives to “make good men better,” but a relationship made possible through trust only in the death, burial and resurrection of God the Son, that can make a formerly spiritually dead person alive to the one true God.
The most wonderful, motivating event in one’s life is to know that they have been freed from all condemnation forever, as stated in Romans 8:1, and now are free to serve others in humility and thankfulness for what Christ has done in their life.
Sin, or rebellion against God’s will, must be judged, and was at the cross, in our behalf. Whether Old Testament or New, Christians are to proclaim against sin, but love the sinner, as Christ did.
Christians are commanded to judge (show discernment) against sin (John 7:24), even if it is another Christian (1 Corinthians 5:3). Christians know they are sinful beings, saved only by receiving what God has accomplished through God the Son, Jesus Christ in their behalf. And this offer of salvation, reconciliation and new life is made to every person on the Earth (John 3:16).
The sad part is that people will not listen to the simple-but-profound message of salvation from the Bible, and instead choose to invent their own way of making themselves acceptable to God. Good luck with that.
True Christians are ordinary sinful people who have been made new and are called by their heavenly Father to live up to their new position in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). But one must read the Bible and be willing to receive and submit to it. It is the only inerrant, absolute truth that exists.
Ask God to lead you to a Bible-believing person and become their friend.