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President’s Blog #5 – Christians, Sin, and the Secular World


I.  Obedience to Secular Powers and Authorities:

What Peter (disciple of Jesus) says to the Christian:  

Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to the governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good.  For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.  Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood (of believers). Fear God. Honor the emperor. 1 Peter 2:13-17 (ESV)

What Paul (witness to Jesus and evangelist to the Gentiles) says to the Christian:               

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities.  For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.  Therefore, whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment…For the same reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing.  Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. Romans 13:1-7 (ESV)

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.  This is good and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people be saved and to come to the knowledge of truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 (ESV)

Christians, Sin, and the Secular World

II. Regarding Sin in the Secular World

What Paul (witness to Jesus and evangelist to the Gentiles) says to the Christian:               

I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people – not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since you would need to go out of the world.  1 Corinthians 5:9,10 (ESV)

III. Regarding Sin Among the Brotherhood (Christians):

What Paul (witness to Jesus and evangelist to the Gentiles) says to the Christian:

But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother (believer) if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard or swindler – not even to eat with such a one.  For what have I to do with judging outsiders?  Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?  God judges those outside. Purge the evil person from among you.                                  1 Corinthians 5:11-13 (ESV) 

IV.  Regarding Matters of Marriage, Morality, and the Nature of Sin:

What Jesus says to us about marriage:  

But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.  Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.  So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate. Mark 10:6-9 (ESV)

What Jesus says to us about sin that defiles:  

What comes out of a person is what defiles him.  For from within, out of the heart of a man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.  All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.                       Mark 7:20-23 (ESV)  

What Jude (brother of Jesus) says to us about morality:  

Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire (homosexuality), serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.  Yet in like manner these people (today’s false teachers) also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones. Jude 7,8 (ESV)


Christians, Sin, and the Secular World

What Peter (disciple of Jesus) says to us about morality:   

For speaking loud boasts of folly, they (false teachers) entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error.  They (false teachers) promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.                 2 Peter 2:18,19 (ESV)

What Paul (witness to Jesus and evangelist to the Gentiles) says to us:               

The law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and the profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, in accordance with the gospel (the good news about Jesus) of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.  1 Timothy 1:9-11 (ESV)

Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.  Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price.  So glorify God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 (ESV)

What John (disciple of Jesus) says to us:  

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he (Jesus) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:8,9 (ESV)

But for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for the murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is “the second death.”  Revelations 21:8 (ESV) 

V.  Regarding Salvation in Our Sin Condition:

What Jesus says to us:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16 (ESV)

V.  Regarding Salvation in Our Sin Condition (continued):

What Paul (witness to Jesus and evangelist to the Gentiles) says to us:               

For there is no distinction:  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.  Romans 3:23,24 (ESV)

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  Romans 10:9 (ESV)

And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness.  God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.  2 Timothy 2:24-26 (ESV)

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