Recently, Greg Laurie wrote an excellent article, entitled, “How to be miserable as a Christian,” where he exhorted, “Determine not to compromise in any area of your life”! It is an excellent article, and I encourage you to give it a read!
Although, when Laurie stated,
“When Christians live this way (a carnal life and never concerned over their sin [or don’t view their behavior as sin]), they will find themselves stuck in a miserable no-man’s land of compromise. It is a self-imposed wilderness wandering, where they have too much of Christ to be happy in the world and too much of the world to be happy in Christ. And it is not the way to live.”
He seemed to presume that they actually cared about their behavior. I say that because many supposed “believers” have deceived themselves into believing that a “Grandfatherly” Yahweh, merely winks at their sin, and that there will be no judgment. Search your heart. If you have no concern over anything that MAY be sin, then don’t worry, you are already judged!
As Jesus stated, “If anyone hears My teachings and fails to observe them, but in fact, disregards them, it is not I who judges him. For I have not come to judge and to condemn and to pass sentence and to inflict penalty on the world, but to SAVE the world . . . My Father loved the world so much that He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life . . . Those who believe in me won’t be condemned. However, those who DON’T believe are ALREADY condemned because they don’t believe in God’s only Son”
My guideline is that everyone who is born of God is trying to get away FROM their sin. Those without the Holy Spirit are trying to get away WITH their sin. Which are you? You must decide. According Jesus, the Holy Spirit was sent, among other things, to “convict the world of sin, to show the world what has God’s approval, and to convince the world that God judges it. He will convict the world of sin, because people don’t believe in me.”
John wrote, “If we refuse to admit that we are sinners, then we live in a world of illusion and the truth becomes a stranger to us. But if we freely admit that we have sinned, we find him reliable and just — he forgives our sins and makes us thoroughly clean from all that is evil. For if we say ‘we have not sinned,’ we are making him a liar and cut ourselves off from what he has to say to us” (I John 1:8-10)
If you have set your heart to grieve over your sin and to repent and seek forgiveness, “I’m happy now, not because I made you uncomfortable, but because the distress I caused you has led you to change the way you think and act. You were distressed in a godly way, so we haven’t done you any harm. In fact, to be distressed in a godly way causes people to change the way they think and act and leads them to be saved. No one can regret that. But the distress that the world causes brings only death.
“When you became distressed in a godly way, look at how much devotion it caused you to have. You were ready to clear yourselves of the charges against you. You were disgusted with the wrong that had been done. You were afraid. You wanted to see us. You wanted to show your concern for us. You were ready to punish the wrong that had been done. In every way you have demonstrated that you are people who are innocent in this matter” (II Corinthians 7:8-11)
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