Do You Believe In The “Gospels” Or Do You Believe In Yourself?

Posted: April 7, 2014 in Articles, Religion
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“If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel that you believe, but yourself.”

Saint Augustine

I saw this quote and found it so applies to many of today’s Christians who claim Christ as their Lord yet reject His hatred of all sin. He hated sin so much yet loved us even more than He hated sin that He took on “robes of flesh” and died a horrible yet gruesome death on a “tree” to provide a way for mankind to shed said sin and be reunited with Him for eternity if we would choose His life over our sinful one.

One of the most overlooked points (IMHO) in scripture is that whenever Jesus would heal someone or forgive them of their sins He would often say “go and sin no more” which proves that though He absolved them of their sin He still did not approve of it.

I’m not from Missouri yet I do believe in the “show me” state’s motto so to show you proof that though Jesus does not condemn us of our sin He also did not, despite what many teach today, approve of it…please check the scripture below from John 5:

John 5: After these things there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porches. 3 In these lay a multitude of them that were sick, blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. 4 for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the waters stepped in was made whole, with whatsoever disease he was holden. 5 And a certain man was there, who had been thirty and eight years in his infirmity. 6 When Jesus saw him lying, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wouldest thou be made whole?

7 The sick man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. 8 Jesus saith unto him, Arise, take up thy bed, and walk. 9 And straightway the man was made whole, and took up his bed and walked. Now it was the sabbath on that day. 10 So the Jews said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath, and it is not lawful for thee to take up thy bed. 11 But he answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.

12 They asked him, Who is the man that said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk? 13 But he that was healed knew not who it was; for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in the place. 14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing befall thee.

Further, we also find another example in the Bible in John 8:3 in the story of the woman who had been caught in the act of adultery:

John 8: 3-11: 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4 they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5 Now din the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” 6 This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7 And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9 But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”

Lastly, and for those that try to claim “New Testament” over “Old Testament” to justify sin in today’s culture we must always remember that though we are saved by grace the model of the “law” was a blueprint of sins that we should avoid and the verse in Matthew 5: 17-18 teach us that Jesus did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it by eventually dying for our sins on the cross yet when paired with the fore-mentioned scriptures we can see the whole picture that God never intends for us to use His grace and mercy as an excuse to sin at will or abuse the gift that His death on the cross meant for all that receive Him as Lord and Savior…I believe that if He had meant for that to be the case that He would have made it a point to tell us so either through His own words or through the words of His prophets.

Matthew 5: 17-20: 17 Think not that I came to destroy the law or the prophets: I came not to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass away from the law, till all things be accomplished.

He loves you today! He has beautiful plans for your life if you’ll accept His path, turn away from the sins that beset you, allow Him to walk you through dealing with and being freed from them, and loving you through the process.

He smiles at the very mention of your name and as Pastor Tim McLagan preached on Wednesday night (at The Rock Family Worship Center) “He (God) is so proud of you” and that will never change no matter what you do or have done yet He also knows how destructive sin is so He has lovingly provided a way out if we are willing to put our complete trust in Him.

Let’s pray:

Father, we thank you for who you are and not just for what You do for us. Today on this beautiful day that You have made we lift up every area of sin that inhabits our lives for You to deal with in the perfect way that only You are able to do. We pray today that You search every area of our heart that the darkness and evil of this world inhabits so that Your perfect and beautifully, perfect light can wash over it and make it a bright and shining example for others to see so that they may be drawn to it to have the dark issues of their hearts dealt with in a similar way.

We praise You, we worship You, we thank You, we love You, and we honor You for loving us so perfectly and for lowering Yourself to take on the robes of flesh that we wear so that You can once and for all deal with death, hell, sin, and the grave.

We give You all of the glory for this and all things and in Jesus’ Name we pray,

Amen!

By the hand of your servant,

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

 

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