The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
Religion has fabricated a notion that if we can appear good then all is well. In many churches people who appear to live a godly life are applauded while others are rejected and condemned. The power of the gospel has no place in such an environment.
The gospel is quite simply that the price was paid for the sin of every individual in the world. Jesus has taken away the sin that is past, present and future – of the entire world; not just the church people or the ones who confessed it. He has bestowed the gift of righteousness on every human being and declared that they are highly valuable in His sight.
This doesn’t mean that all people are automatically born again. No, each person must personally engage with what Jesus has done to be able to enjoy the benefits, but once that transaction of the heart has taken place, we can enjoy our righteousness.
Sinning as a Christian will not alter that righteousness. It was never obtained by good behavior in the first place and cannot be either improved our tainted by our behavior now. God sees us through Jesus and through the sacrifice He made on our behalf.
While sin won’t destroy our gift of righteousenss, it will certainly affect our life’s path. You may end up in jail, or bringing up a child on your own.
God is not like church people; He isn’t freaked out by our mistakes, but sin unchecked causes our lives to be unfruitful for the Kingdom of God.
It’s time to do away with the “church police”- The reality is that the more an individual insists on a rigid set of moral standards, the more he has to hide.
How do we know this? Because the law provokes sin in us. Nevertheless, God has completely done away with external law in the New Covenant. He has taken the 10 commandments and written them on our hearts. he has quite literally given us a new nature and a new set of desires on the inside. Now we are wired to please God for real!
As a pastor I refuse to be a behavior modifier. I trust God, knowing that He has put so much goodness in you that you WANT to do the right thing. The letter kills but the Spirit gives life.
I choose to be a propagator of life!