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There are those among us, in the body of Christ, who, while wearing a cross around their necks, condone willful, deliberate sin. To define sin, we need to look to God, not the understanding in our own carnal minds or the ranting of society.
This is one reason the Church looks like she does, to God and to society in general. She is not the spotless Bride Jesus will return for; there are many blemishes, not only in the fabric of our bridal gown, but in the heart of the Bride. She’s not wearing the royal Robe of Righteousness in Christ; she’s adorned in a dress of her own making.
Another reason the Church looks so ugly is because we, ourselves, walk around in unrepented sin, in part, because sin is seldom blasted from our pulpits, and perhaps we don’t recognize it in ourselves. We can be quick to point it out in others, though, so I rather think it’s because our own conscience is seared and hardened, to the point where we refuse to acknowledge conviction from our loving and merciful God, Who is willing and ready to forgive us and save us and draw us to Himself.
Here is a call to repentance. Let him who has ears, listen, and with your mouth confess Jesus Christ is Lord, and with all your heart turn away from evil, asking forgiveness for your sin; submit to and follow after our Savior, Jesus, the Son of God. Submit to His Word and teach it to your children, before it’s too late. It will take humility and sincerity on our part, and a deliberate choosing. The time is now, the day is today. I join you in repenting.
As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one” - Romans 3:10
For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God. – Romans 3:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 6:23
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8
That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God hath raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made onto salvation. – Romans 10:9-10
For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” – Romans 10:13
Now jump into His Word: …faith comes by heart, and hearing by the word of God. – Romans 10:17 (NKJV)