From time to time I chime in on Facebook with a post beginning with: While Minding my own business thoughts. Tonight I am bringing it here.
The majority of organized churches proudly preach that JESUS hung out with sinners. This is misleading.
This Western Gospel was crafted to make Jesus appealing to the masses; to make Him sinner-friendly, and non-judgmental. To make Him Comforting. Soothing. Affirming. Etc.
And He is comforting, soothing, affirming, encouraging, loving, and a multitude of other wonderful nouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs TO HIS SAINTS.
Dig into Scripture and see this for yourself.
Indeed JESUS went to the home of Zacchaeus, the tax collector, and to the house of a Pharisee. With each sinner (Pharisee, tax collector, or prostitute) He encountered one of two things followed. Either the sinner repented of his or her sins and followed Jesus as LORD and Messiah, or they rejected Him, walked away, or even joined in with the Religious Leaders in their plot to kill Him. (Luke 19:1-10. Luke 7:36-50.)
It is inaccurate and deadly to paint JESUS as a wimpy, sin-condoning, party god.
JESUS did not, nor does He now make sinners comfortable in their sins.
We cannot PRACTICE sin and walk with JESUS. (Isaiah 59:2)
Read your Bible.
Let me repeat.
Sinners who encountered JESUS back then and still do today, do one of two things: they either repent of their sins and follow Him or they reject Him and walk away from Him.
As His Followers, we should have that same reputation.
If we can hang out with unrepentant sinners and they are content and happy to do so for months and years – we can know we are not living or loving like JESUS. I realize that is a hard statement. It nails me too. I have a long way to go! But I am going forward even as I recommend to you with prayer, moment-by-moment obedience, more prayer, Scripture, more prayer and fasting, and as best I know how following Holy Spirit as He leads me into all my relationships – family included, my most precious.
That’s it for now — until I Chime In again may the peace of GOD rule in you and me.