Getting lost in a blame game is the Devil’s effectual ploy. It wedges folks against God and each other, and has since the beginning.
The heart of our troubles is the trouble with our heart. We’re all fallen creatures. God loves us all. He loves all sinners, which we all are. However, He says He hates sin, and we should, too. God wants the best for us, and he knows how destructive sin is. Sin can’t destroy God, but it certainly will us.
What is sin? God tells us what it is by a list of things he wants us to avoid. This list of errors is like a mirror, all we have to do is to look deeply into God’s list and it will always reflect back our image — every crease and wrinkle, every spot and blemish, every imperfection, even the secret movies and intentions of our heart.
Sin is sin. Some sin is more egregious than others, but they all are egregious before God. We can see that sin is bad for us by looking around at our world and experiencing the side effects and fallout from our errors — broken families, unwanted babies, selfish greed and lies at every turn and booze and dope at every corner.
When we dishonor God and parents, when we steal and lie, when we are jealous and coveting of each other, when we murder (including abortion and euthanasia), when we fornicate (including adultery and homosexualism), we must reap what we sow. It’s reality.
Deborah Goni and Anne Rogers’ letters concerning judging of error lacked accurate knowledge of the Bible. We’re mandated to use our free will to discern, judge and discriminate between the truth and lie, between righteous and unrighteous. If you knew I was driving toward sure mayhem and death, wouldn’t you warn me? That is what Pastor Nolton is doing, warning his neighbors of danger.
Goni quoted Romans 6:14 in her letter, but she left out the next verse (Romans 6:15) which must be read together for the full understanding.
There’s only one unforgivable sin and that is unbelief. It blasphemes the Holy Spirit, and unbelievers condemn themselves. If you have eyes to see and ears to hear, do so. Remember Lot’s wife.
William Van Amber Fields