Sometimes well meaning Christians who wish to avoid the “fundamental right wing nut job” label will present an “Accommodating Jesus”. They love to use the “Jesus said not to judge…” argument. But then they only include the things He said that support their argument of a Jesus who accommodates living in sin. But if we’re going to say what Jesus actually said, we need to not selectively omit the things that do not fit our arguments.
Jesus also said that “…the road that leads to death and destruction is wide, easy, and many follow it.” (Matthew 7:13) He said of Himself that “the world hates Me because I expose their sinful actions.” (John 7:7) Then He boldly declared, “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repent.” (Luke 5:31-32)
John 3:16-21 makes Jesus’ position on the whole judgement thing VERY clear….
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned,but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.”
So here it is… God has already judged us… but has also provided a way out of the due punishment for our sin through His Son. Now it’s only between you and God, so stop using other people judging you as an excuse to not be reconciled to God through Jesus.
To be clear, I’m not saying these things to be unloving, no… true love speaks the truth IN LOVE… but still speaks the truth.
Of course we need to love people even in their sin…. and yes Jesus did that. BUT we are not to support them to CONTINUE in the sin itself by accommodating the actions that they practice. Even Jesus declared to those He set free, “Now go and sin no more.”
I know these well meaning folks are trying to come off as loving, but lying to someone about what God really thinks about their sin… is not loving. In fact the sin just festers under the surface… all the while you’re telling them, “No it’s okay.”
If anyone proclaiming to be a Christian tells you it’s okay to keep sinning, they are either absolutely deceived, or not really a Christian.
The Good News of the Gospel is that Jesus came to set us free from sin and death, not to endorse us continuing to live in it.
I know some may not like some of the things that I say on Facebook, but know this, it is not out of self righteousness, or a “holier than thou” mentality. No… It’s because I genuinely love people and refuse to withhold the truth from those I love and care about. I really don’t want friends who will lie to me only to give me a false sense of security, nor will I be friend like that.
So I daily risk being “unfriended”… because your lives are worth more than the satisfaction of how high my “Friends” count is on a social media outlet.
Lead Pastor | New Victory Church