I know of a fellow who sleeps around on his wife, goes to drunken orgies, believes that homosexuality is OK (as long as there is “love”), and doesn’t believe Jesus is the only way to heaven.
HOWEVER, this fellow also speaks about Jesus being his savior, he does “charitable” acts and works at feeding the homeless and ending poverty in the world.
Question: What do you think of this guy?…is he a sinner or a saint?
The Bible teaches that our good does NOT outweigh our bad.
What if the guy says that all of his shortcomings are covered in the grace of Jesus?
First of all, all saints (believers) are also sinners. (For all have sinned and fallen short of the
Glory of God – Romans 3:23….For if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us – 1 John 1:8)
However, 1 John 1:8 uses language to talk about sin as a continual, habitual, rebellious act. We all sin…today I was prideful, and I repented (for the five-millionth time) and asked God to fill me with His Spirit. Paul says that the flesh and Spirit are at war with one another…I can
totally relate. So we all sin, but do we all “have sin”…constant, habitual, turn-our-back-on-our-savior sin ?
Fortunately, we have the WHOLE book of 1 John to understand this topic. When bible teachers pull one or two scriptures out to prove a point, they tend to neglect the entirety of the rest of the word. Often, we can refute their teaching by reading the verse in context. For example, backing up to 1 John 1:6, we find , ” If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in
darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” Again, John is talking about “walking” in darkness…a continual, habitual act.
The epistle of 1st John was eye-opening in my Christian walk. It was the book that was hardest to read when I was living as a “carnal Christian” (if that is even a term). I was very similar to the man I speak of above…as most of us were. We WANT to believe that we are going to
heaven…even when we are living in “continual, habitual sin”. It was by reading God’s word that my eyes were open to the fact that I can’t say I’m a Christian and do the things that I do. The worst witness for Christ is a hypocrite…someone who says one thing and does something entirely different. Most of the unbelievers I have spoken to say they don’t want anything to do
with “church” because it is full of hypocrites. This is so very true. We are hypocrites when we live in continual, unrepented sin.
Only God knows this man’s heart and whether he is “saved” or not. But needless to say, I wouldn’t spend time exalting this man because of the good that he does…simply because he is a popular celebrity. I certainly wouldn’t quote him in sermons and point people to his good works. This would only confuse most people and teach them that it is OK to listen to this guy’s
music because he is a Christian.
I believe we (especially Bible teachers) should steer clear of people like this whose lives clearly portray a lifestyle that is contrary to the word of God. We don’t need to exalt MAN, anyway…especially not men who would cast doubt on the truth of the Word.
Until next time…God bless you as you study His Word!