God has no kind of tolerance for sin. Secret or open. All sin is a stench to His nostrils. We believers may want to propagate the idea that our sin is what makes us human, and may want to attempt to get away with a little bit of sin here and there. Yet, sin in us was never part of God’s original design.
“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all men, because all sinned.” – Romans 5:12
Sin separates us from God, and those of us who are renewed in Christ, will almost always be chasten for our sin, that is of course if we come before God and repent of our sin before He has to come with the rod on us. The wording there may sound “scary”, yet no loving parent doesn’t seek out their child in order to teach them a better way. God being the most loving, being love, will of course not allow His children to wonder in the land of sin.
“For the LORD disciplines those He loves, and He punishes each one He accepts as His child.” – Hebrews 12:6
If you are a believer, I want to encourage you to obey God. Obedience nurtures a healthy relationship between us and Him. It also acts as a wonderful testimony to a watching world.
For those out of the church, well, the Word of God already paints your position with Him. Jesus says those who are not with Him are against Him (Matthew 12:30). Unbelievers have a strange motto “only God can judge me”. Of course only God tells an individual whether they will enter the Kingdom or not. No one is arguing this, yet God has shown the way to His Kingdom. It is only through Jesus Christ, the Narrow Way, that one can enter into Heaven. We must repent, denouce sin, and turn to Christ (declare Him as Saviour) for the forgiveness of our sins. He must be Lord of our lives, that is, we must allow Him to lead us, which is, we must obey His Word. His Word is as it is written in the Holy Scriptures. Anything that goes against His Word is not part of His will. Fornication, drunkeness, etc are stritcly forbidden, from the Old Testament to the New, His Word remains the same.
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.” – Matthew 24:35
Regardless of the changes of society, the changes in moral behaviour, God’s Word is our first priority. Sounds tough? Sounds “old timeish” or archaic? Sure the journey of Christian living is contrary to the ways of the world, but God is able to help us through. When sin entered into the world, man lost his dominion over the world and Satan now temporarily “rules” on earth.
“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” – 2 Corinthians 6:2
Yet the end of Satan is sure, and he is out to gather and kill along with him as many as he can. His main tactic is to distract, distract you from Jesus and get you dead before you repent.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
This is why it is important if you hear the Word of God calling you to Christ, that is the grace of God calling you back home. Our real home is to be with Christ. Yet, Christ will not force anyone to follow Him. Saying later or tomorrow to salvation is not a good idea. There is no gaurantee of tomorrow.
“For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.” – 2 Corinthians 6:2
So you may say, “I’m okay. I’m not hurting anyone. Surely God will look at this and be pleased.” But I want to remind you, that if eternity could be obtained through our so-called goodness, then there would be no need for Jesus to go to the cross. Again, Jesus has said that no one goes to Heaven without Him. Trusting Jesus as Lord and Saviour is the only gaurantee of salvation. There is no other name or opportunity, or means by which an individiual can be saved.
“He is the STONE WHICH WAS REJECTED by you, THE BUILDERS, but WHICH BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone. “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12
The point is not to show how good we can be, the point is to get out of the dead zone. As long as someone has not been covered with the forgiveness of Christ, they remain in the dead zone. As sin leads to death, the point is to find life. That life is found in Christ. While of course, our good works is not the way to salvation, our good works is evidence of salvation. You see, because we all have a sin problem, we all need to provide a death sacrifice payment for our sins. So we cannot pay with our “good” deads. Those so-called good deads are declared by God to be filthy rags. It is like someone with leprosy trying to hand someone a “clean” towel. How could a lepros person ever touch something, and that something remain clean? Our sin is lepros, and if we try to hand God a “good deads rag” while lepros, that rag is already dirty due to our state of leprosy. I am not making this up. Here is is:
“All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.” – Isaiah 64:6
Jesus alone can cleanse the leprosy of man, boy, woman and girl.
So yes, God determines where we go. Yet, because He has no tolerance for sin, and He paid the price with His own blood to redeem us from sin, what makes us think we can treat His sacrifice as a little thing and provide our own method of salvation? Don’t keep saying “only God can judge me”, thinking that your way will turn into a way to Heaven. It aint gonna happen.
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” – John 14:6
P.S. If you continue to live in sin while claiming to be in Christ, you might want to check yourself to see if you are really in Christ. We all sin, and we have all fallen short. Yet if we are for Christ, we ought to really surrender ourselves to living a life that is pleasing to Him. God will strengthen us in our weak areas. We need only to stick to His Word, the Bible, and face our battles on our knees in prayer. God will see us through. He is faithful and intends for no good thing that He has started to be destroyed.
“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Phillipians 1:6
Be very blessed, in Jesus’ name.