Tolerance, virtue or sin?

November 4, 2009 0 comments

We live in a society where tolerance is our highest virtue. We also live in a society where we have heard that we cannot judge anyone. I believe this has caused many Christians to be afraid to confront sin. I am all for grace. Ask anyone who knows me I love people regardless of their issues and I think we have done a terrible job as believers shooting our own wounded. However, if we really love each other we owe to each other to deal with the sin we see in each others lives. If it is true that 70% of Christians struggle with the issue of pornography we owe it to each other to deal with this issue. We cannot in the name of tolerance and out of fear fro being labeled as judgmental fail to confront those we love about this sin. If we do we are failing them.

We don’t want to be like the church in Pergamum who were rebuked, not because of their false teaching or because of their sin but because they tolerated that there were those in their midst with these issues.

Revelation 2:12-17 12 “To the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword. 13 I know where you live– where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city– where Satan lives. 14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: Youhave people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and by committing sexual immorality. 15 Likewise youalso have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16 Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. 17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it. (emphasis added)

Jesus is rebuking them (not the Nicolaitans or those who hold to the teaching of Balaam) because they have these people among them. If they don’t do something Jesus will. The sword of His mouth is the truth. We owe it o those we love to tell them the truth. The truth is if they are trapped in sexual sin they can be freed. There is forgiveness, grace and freedom that is waiting to be theirs. They must repent (that means stop and turn). The truth is sexual sin ruins lives. If we love 70% of the people in the church we owe it to them to ask them the difficult questions and tell them the truth.

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