I found this piece of satire at Ken’s www.apprising.org site and found it hilarious. It points out a serious issue very effectively. We cannot claim Jesus while continuing to revel in our sin.
Paul addressed this issue in Romans and 1st Corinthians. Christians do not continue to drink iniquity as if it were water (regardless of whether it is bottled or tap). So, the idea of thieves continuing to steal after “becoming Christians” is absurd.
You may be wondering why the truth man would bring up such an elementary principle. The answer is that people need to hear this! Search the Emergents and liberal denominations and you will find homosexuals and heterosexual fornicators being welcomed into their assemblies and even pulpits! And what makes this worse is the continuing practice of sin goes right along for the ride!
And what about other sins? Look at the Barna and FOTF research that indicates that virtually the same behavior goes on in the lives of those who call themselves Christian as those who do not. So should we continue to sin that grace may abound?
Where does the madness stop? Can real Christians continue to sin as if nothing has changed in their lives spiritually? I say no because I believe the Bible says no. The Bible teaches that those who are saved are transformed. They become new creatures. They are conformed to the image of Christ over time. They repent and grow out of their desire to sin.
No one is saying that Christians suddenly and perfectly stop sinning. However, it is ridiculous to say that Christians continue to live as if nothing significant happened to them when they were saved. It is not valid hermeneutics to suddenly redefine a sin into a non-sin.
So think carefully before you go around telling people to “just be you” and that “God wired you a certain way because that is how He wants you to be” because such talk can be recklessly misleading. Check what the Bible teaches about sin. You will come away with a different perspective than the one in the cartoon above…