Where do you Stand?
I think today, more than ever, Christians need to remember that we are saved by faith and faith alone. It is a gift of grace, not to be earned. It is unconditional and our attempts at righteousness is nothing but dirty rags (to put it lightly). Our attempts at not sinning or being good will never be good enough, and, no matter how we try to live a “holy” life, it is impossible. In fact, if we live by the idea that there is still something we must do to keep our salvation, we fall back into the very reason why Paul called the Galatians foolish and bewitched (to put it lightly). It is purely by the faith of Jesus that we were saved. Our actions had nothing to do with it, even with trying to keep it.
– If you can not be good enough to gain salvation, what makes you think you could be bad enough to lose it?
– What sins did Jesus die for and take away at the Cross? Was it all the sins before you got saved or was it all your sins you have and ever will do?
Some believers are calling out saying that because of certain people’s “sin” they are going to go to hell, even though they are of faith. Yet, while saying that, they are forgetting their own sins, and, if we all stand by the 613 laws in the old covenant, and the 1,050 commands in the New Testament, we fall tremendously short, on a moment by moment basis. If people deserve hell because of their one sin despite their faith, then we deserve hell 100 times over.
This is where we are to swallow hard and realize we may not like other people’s choices, but that’s all it is, their choices. Unless it is forcing you to do something you don’t want to do, then who are you to point other peoples’ choices? It is between them and God, just as your choices are between you and God. We are not their judges. We have our own log in our own eyes to attend to. The focus on the sins of others is nothing but an attempt to misdirect and distract people from our own, and put the light onto other people’s sins to make us feel better. Hypocrisy gets us nowhere!
So where does all the ideas of what the Bible says and what would Jesus do, come to play in all this? Well it comes down to what is your interpretation of what the Bible says, as there are verses to support all points of views. So it really comes down to you and how you want to say what the Bible says…
But for me, I will stand with my perspective of:
Act 10:28 And he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation, but God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean.
Rom 2:1 Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.
Rom 3:24 – 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
Rom 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.