Last night I was watching a Ray Comfort evangelism video (click here) which is one of the most disturbing videos I’ve seen in years. I couldn’t it even post it on my Facebook page. The first half is beyond troubling. Maybe I’ll write more on that later but right now I just can’t. It’s too awful.
But the latter part of the video was interesting too in another way. He met a couple that was freely sleeping together. Not unusual for sure. In fact, it’s common in the church not just among young people, but also among adults.
And then today I read this:
Heb 10:26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
This Scripture is talking to believers, not unbelievers. And it’s disturbing not just for that young couple preaching Jesus and yet sleeping together, but for everyone. Sin is nothing small.
The problem is that we live in a day and time where a sinless gospel is preached. As in you can come to Jesus and don’t have to turn from your sins. You can feel bad for them, but you don’t really need to stop them. They are not that big of a deal.
But read the above Scripture! Holiness is….frightening. God is holy and he calls us to repent! It’s the foundation of the gospel. Jesus would not have needed to die on the cross if he didn’t need to save us from sins.
This doesn’t mean that there isn’t grace. We still sin. But this is talking about the continuing in sin with no to little effort to repent and change and leave it. It’s the casualness toward continuing in sin.
We should be troubled. Deeply troubled by the words of Scripture.
The very part of coming to Christ is repentance.
We cannot lose this or we are lost.