MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Be Sure Your Sins Will Find You Out

July 8th, 2014 Viewed 74 times, 2 so far today

A Brother Caught in Sin

February 11th, 2010 Viewed 1366 times, 1 so far today
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Christian Liberty

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The whole point of the Romans 14 passage is that believers in Christ are bound together in Him.  We will have our differences of opinions, we will disagree with them on issues.  We will believe that they’re wrong and we’re right.

But we’re to remember the grace by which we were saved, and extend that grace to them.  We are to realize that they are living their life out before their maker, and unless they are in a sin which is spelled out in the Bible, we’re to grant them the ability to live out their Christian liberty.

Recognition of Severity of Sin

December 1st, 2009 Viewed 1080 times, 1 so far today

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The very first sin brought death.  To show the consequences vividly to the very first sinners, God caused a lamb to be killed to provide clothing for Adam and Eve.

Sexual Sin and the Church

December 21st, 2008 Viewed 3147 times, 1 so far today

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She is sleeping with her boyfriend, left the church because they were going to discipline her, should they follow through with the public announcement?

That is the situation a church in Florida found itself in this past week as a woman in the church first confessed to a woman in her Bible Study that she was in an immoral affair, and then (ironically) tried to stop that church from declaring what she did was a sin.

Is Homosexuality That Big of a Sin?

September 4th, 2008 Viewed 1466 times, 4 so far today

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From the way that this issue is painted, Homosexuality is the worst sin to befall mankind.  I made the argument in a discussion of the McDonald’s boycott that there are many sins that God hates, and that we should make sure that we major on what God considers sin.

So, what about this sin?

Let’s Look at Romans

Perry believes that God exaggerates the importance of this sin based on Romans 1:27.  What’s interesting about this passage is that it is a progression.

The Greatest Sin of the American Culture

June 14th, 2008 Viewed 1242 times, 1 so far today

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If I were to ask you what you thought the greatest sin the America culture is guilty of, what would you select?  You may pick one of the big problems Christians see with the culture—abortion, greed, homosexuality, etc.  But I believe that you’d be mistaken.  Don’t get me wrong—I believe these are a problem, but I believe that they are the outgrowth of a deeper sin, rather than truly the problem itself.

Why Would You Throw it All Away?

March 10th, 2008 Viewed 1263 times, 1 so far today

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Today’s big news concerns the Democrat Governor of New York, but he is hardly the first and will not be the last. In case you had not heard, Governor Eliot Spitzer engaged in acts that he prosecuted as the Attorney General of the state of New York– he hired a prostitute on multiple occasions.

There are many things that makes this tragic. It’s just the latest thing in Gov. Spitzer’s life to come undone.

The Problem With the Culture Argument

February 25th, 2008 Viewed 2085 times, 1 so far today

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There are many things in the Bible that we do not adhere to in today’s church.  We do not teach them as commands.  We don’t encourage people to follow them.  We try to ignore that they are even in the Bible.  And we do this because they are counter-cultural and inconvenient.

And this is part of the reasons that Christians aren’t taken seriously.  I can’t tell you how many conversations I have gotten into with unbelievers that follow this basic order:

  • We’ve all sinned and the Bible defines sin.
  • The Old Testament says that you shouldn’t do XYZ.
  • You do XYZ.
  • Aren’t you sinning?

And then after trying to get out of that one, the real fun begins.

But It’s Not My Problem!

July 19th, 2007 Viewed 6488 times
This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series Modesty

It’s inevitable.  Whenever a conversation is started and modesty is brought up– especially if women are told to cover up– some lady will say something like “It’s not my problem if he is lusting after me.  After all, I can’t control his mind!”

However, we must keep in mind that we’re not only responsible for ourselves, we’re responsible for others.  I mean, central to the whole Christian theme is Christ’s command to love one another.  How can we love one another if we are not concerned with how what we do effects other people?  And if Christ can say that looking on a woman to lust is sin, and we don’t want our brothers to sin, then we should do our part to prevent the opportunity to sin– and I think that’s the key.

Three other passages talk to us about the duty we have to our brothers and sisters:

Cain and Able

Genesis 4:9 – And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?

Cain was caught red handed.  He had just killed his brother because God preferred the offering that obeyed His commands rather than just bringing the best of whatever was available.  So, the first murderer tries to shirk his responsibility by saying that it wasn’t “my turn to watch him” and hoping to absolve himself from the responsibility.

The only problem was that God knew what had happened, and he also knew that Cain should have been concerned about his brother.  So, the answer to the question is yes, Cain.  You are.  You were the oldest.  You also knew about his offering, so you were aware of him and responsible for those things that you were aware of.

Stronger and Weaker Brother

Romans 14:15 – But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.

Paul is in the middle of a brilliant discourse on freedom in Christ.  He it talking to the Romans about how, under Christ, we are at liberty not to be under the ceremonial law, how we can eat meat that has been offered to idols, and how we don’t have reverence certain days– but there is a catch.  We must do everything to the glory of God.  So, if we can’t eat that meat and give glory to God, then we should not eat it to the glory of God.  Get it?

What’s important in this passage, though, is the dynamic between those that believe that they can eat meat and those that do not.  It would be the same as some of the more modern dilemmas– should Christians go to movie theaters?  Should they go to the video store?  Should they own a television?  I can find people that believe all of these are scriptural principles and believe that they are glorifying God by their abstinence.  But what should we do if we are less strict?

Paul says that we should not put a stumbling block in front of our brother.  So, in other words, if my brother believes that he shouldn’t go to a movie theater, I shouldn’t take his wife and him out to dinner, and then drive over to the theater with purchased tickets and try to talk him into going inside.  That doesn’t mean that I should forsake everything because someone might have a problem with it, but it does mean that I should be paying attention to the standards and principles that people have and make sure that I do not intentionally present them with opportunities to violate their conscience.

And for those that are weaker, they should not judge the stronger for those things that fall outside of the clear boundaries of Scripture.

Bear One Another’s Burdens

Galatians 6:2 – Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

Simply, how can we bear one another’s burdens if we do not know what they are?  If we’re not involved in someone’s life, how can we fulfill this command?

So, How Does This Apply?

Simply put, ladies, it is your problem because you are to be concerned about what is going through the mind of the Christian brothers that are around you.  However, men, don’t think you’re getting off easy.  You see, we are also responsible for what we see, and how we look at the ladies around us.

We’ve been teaching my children the song “Oh Be Careful” and as you know, the first verse is talking about your eyes.  Men, in a highly sexualized culture, we must be careful about what we look at.  We need to make sure that what we allow ourselves to look at is something we should be looking at.  You see, the more we see, the more desensitized we become to those that are around us.  And the world definitely wants us to see the “ideal” look rather than the “real” look.

By constantly letting ourselves look at women’s bodies we are programming our mind to accept that– and to let our mind memorize or even visualize things we should not.  Our Christian sisters can only do so much to help us guard against temptation.  It is up to us as men to train ourselves to look away, to avoid places of temptation, and to encourage the women that we have influence in their lives to dress in a manner fitting the child of the King.

Godly Husband: You Must Be Born Again

November 20th, 2006 Viewed 3485 times
This entry is part 1 of 17 in the series Godly Husband

olderhusbandandwifeheader.jpgMen, the first step in having a strong and healthy marriage is to first make sure that you have been saved from your sins and that you are following Christ.

There are many things that will come up in your marriage: finances, children, decisions, etc.  You and your wife will have differences of opinion on these things, but if you have the same Lord and Savior, you will be able to rally around and look to Jesus for the answers to the tough ones.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.