Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Whoever sins is a servant of sin.

If we do not know the truth we are living the truth. We are living in a world that increasingly refuses to believe that there is sin. The secular world does not accept that people are all sinners and attributes undesirable behavior to disease, mental defect and bad genetics. There is no spiritual dimension in the world that rejects God. Everyone is naturally “good” those who do “bad” things are defective.

And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning. I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him. They understood not that he spake to them of the Father. Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. As he spake these words, many believed on him. Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
(John 8:23-36)

If we walk with Jesus we are empowered to move outside of the confines of the world’s strict framework of tolerance. We have the freedom to discriminate between behavior that is injurious to us and behavior that brings us freedom.