I have been on the church website reading the official statement, and many of the comments. The sheep at that church are so precious. They are loving their pastor. They don’t seem to know what to say, and they are just sharing their hearts and sharing supportive comments. Bless their hearts for their faithfulness and compassion. They have been sinned against too. But I think for some reason, many of them do not feel okay to mourn over this and instead feel the need to minimize it and dismiss it with reckless grace.
Living in gross sin one day, then putting on a godly face and entering the pulpit on Sunday. Where is the fear of God? Where is the deep deep dread to get in the pulpit (to live our lives) and teach the word, knowing that you have sin that you didn’t deal with? How do you expect the Holy Spirit to bless that teaching (life)?
Another thing that bothers me is that instead of the church calling it adultery in their official announcement, they call it a “moral failure.” I think in the spirit of love they are trying to spin it in a less damaging light. But that diminishes it. The Bible doesn’t call it a moral failure. It is one of the Ten Commandments! Let us call it what it is- SIN!
This is an excerpt from a larger article but it really makes a powerful point. Not only do we too often extend grace when consequences are needed—but we EXPECT it! GRACE JUNKIES! If you do the crime—do the time! If you choose to sin—face the consequences! We live in a world where we don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings—F students get passed so they don’t feel bad—the last guy in a race still gets a trophy so he doesn’t feel bad.–we raise the minimum wage to give people a better standard of living so they don’t feel bad….and on and on.
What about Jesus? Is anyone concerned that He feels bad? That we are breaking His heart? Where do we get off renaming sins that He died for so we can feel better about ourselves? How do we justify not confronting sin that cost Jesus EVERYTHING!
Reckless grace or a biblical Faith? — Steve Schmidt is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and serves full-time at America’s Keswick
Think About This: Flatter not thyself in thy faith in God if thou hast not charity for thy neighbor.Francis Quarles
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18