Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write ... I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience ... Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee ... (Rev 2:1-4)
I made the remark the other day that you can't stick your toe in the water and it not get wet. Nevertheless, like the church at Ephesus, that is what the modern day church is doing. Several times in recent days, I've read statements by church-going Christians that are anti-Scripture and pro-sin.
But justifying the sin is not the way to win the soul of the sinner.
Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. (Rev 2:5)
God, in this passage, did not refuse to forgive. Instead, He required repentance. But as long as we cling to the sin, make the sin okay and acceptable, we haven't repented at all. Our job as the church is NEVER to make excuse for the sin.
"Suzanne, you keep saying 'sin', and that seems harsh."
I didn't call things sin. God did.
Therefore, put to death whatever is worldly in you: your sexual sin, perversion, passion, lust, and greed (which is the same thing as worshiping wealth). It is because of these sins that God's anger comes on those who refuse to obey him. You used to live that kind of sinful life. (Col 3:5-7 GW)
The very fact we want to shy away from the word "sin" is further proof of the softening of our minds. The greatest victory the devil can have in the church is for its people to accept and promote sin. If we, the representatives of Christ, allow sin into our midst, we, like the church at Ephesus, will have a price to pay.
But that is not God's best for us ... not individually, not in our homes, not in our churches. He would have us victorious and successful. However, to get there, we must walk the straight and narrow road because remember what it says? The wide way leads to destruction. (Mt 7:13-14)
Suzanne D. Williams
Suzanne Williams Photography
Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.