Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Sins of History, and Misplaced Grace

Misunderstanding the Grace of God
 God is not dedicated to or destined to destroy countries because of the sins of men.

Nations are still operating and have their hold in the world because of the grace of God.

Yet there is a time limit to God's grace.

He cannot wait forever.

Either man will submit to God's goodness, or he will choose eternal death and separation.

Abraham had more sense than most church people today

He prayed for an entire city beset with sin and shame, Sodom and Gomorrah, pleading with God to spare the city of fifty, forty, thirty etc. were righteous. If Abraham has reduced his request to one righteous person, then God could have spared the city, for the sake of Lot.

Now, today, there are men and women deciding to redefine marriage, as though me and women can do whatever they want with their bodies and not suffer consequences.

The above picture, posted on a local Democratic club, also equates homosexual conduct with lynching. Very strange.

Now, the argument from this post suggests that the American people should not fear the judgment of God because the country was not judged for the repeated lynchings against African-Americans.

The fact is that there will be no specific judgment from God against this country or any other.

Why? Because Jesus Christ absorbed all the righteous indignation of God the Father, so that we would be forgiven of all sins and fully justified:

"38Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: 39And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. 40Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets;" (Acts 13: 38-39)

and also

"For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ." (Romans 5: 17)

and thus

"For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." (2 Corithians 5: 21)

and that is why:

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (2 Corinthians 5: 17)

I am a new creation, a new species in Christ Jesus, a son of God (1 John 3: 1-3)

With this revelation in mind, we have the response to arguments about homosexuality as identity or an acceptable stance in life:

"9Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

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"18Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 19What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." (1 Corinthians 6: 9-11; 18-20)

The grace of God is not God's message to a fallen world to stay that way. The grace of God is more than God not punishing us for our sins. It is God's gift to restore us to justified creations, and to promote us into kings and priests before Him in His Son (1 Peter 2: 9)

John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, could not have written it better:

"Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world." (1 John 4: 17)

No one can ignore that there have been many sins committed during the history of the United States. Yet just because the country did not get wiped out because of one set of sins does not justify the perversion of marriage.

The grace of God is not license to sin, but freedom no longer to sin but receive Jesus' glory, standing, and life.

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