Facebook posted this article I wrote a year ago on my Facebook feed. I took a minute to stop and read it. It is still a very relevant message. Maybe more today than it was when I wrote it!
We were in deep discussion this morning in Bible Study and one of the ladies brought up a phrase that’s tossed around the church house rather flippantly. I will not go into the topic of discussion at this time. I will save it for another post. The phrase used is this:
“Jesus Loves You Just The Way You Are”
I have heard this phrase used many, many times and really have not given it a lot of thought until this morning. On the surface this saying sounds great, wonderful, and true. But, if you think about it, really think about how it’s being taught in many congregations today; it completely demolishes the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and what the church really is.
Before you stop reading this post, let me make it clear that I do believe in the LOVE of God and the LOVE of Christ. There would be no gospel, no salvation without their unconditional love. Yes, Jesus does love us as we are or there would be no salvation. Paul teaches in Romans 5:8,”But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.”
That is not what is in question here. There are many being invited to come and be a part of the church today with no EXPECTATION of change. Come on in and bring your sin with you. It does not matter how you live. We are all sinners. ” Jesus Loves You just the way you are.”
“This simply is not true”
The Scriptures call unregenerate, unbelieving persons sinners, enemies of God, unrighteous, evil and wicked. When true conversion takes place a believer is no longer labeled a sinner but a saint that is holy and righteous. ( According Christ’s righteousness which is imputed to us)
Our discussion in Bible Study this morning was in the book of Romans chapter 6. Before chapter 6 Paul spent 5 chapters teaching the depravity and corruption of man. He makes it very clear that the wrath of God rests on man because of their suppressing the truth in unrighteousness. Romans 3 tells us there are none righteous, there are none that are good. The truth of the gospel is that man is dead in his trespasses and sins. Christ died to save us and to CHANGE us. Titus 2:14 teaches, ” Christ redeemed us from every lawless deed, to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.” (This is the church.)
2 Corinthians 5:16-17 teaches, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
Romans 6:4 teaches, ” Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.”
Romans 6:1-11 teaches, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”
The Scriptures overwhelmingly teach the need of repentance, turning to God for forgiveness, and placing faith in Jesus Christ.
There is no staying in sin, there is a turning away from the old life.
“To teach that Jesus loves you just the way you are, that it is ok to live any way you please, is a contradiction to the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!”
There is a call to repentance. Repentance is a turning away from sin, and the turning away includes regret and remorse over your sin.
In Mark 1:15 Jesus says, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe the gospel.”
In Acts 2:38 Peter says, “Repent, and each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
In Acts 17:30-31 God is declaring to men,”That all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”
“Jesus is proclaiming,repent and believe the Gospel”
I believe there is an ignorance about what the gospel is in our land. We need to search the Scriptures daily, seeking guidance from the Holy Spirit to teach us the truth.
Click on the word gospel, it will take you to a page that explains the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I have listed below a few questions that each of us need to ask ourselves. After asking these questions we need to go to the Scriptures in prayer asking God to show the answers to us.
*What is the Gospel?
*What was the purpose of the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ?
*Why did Christ shed His own blood for my soul?
*Why Did Jesus die on the Cross?
* Why was He who knew no sin made sin on my behalf?
*What is the purpose of the church?
*Who is the head of the church?
*Who is the church?
Paul boldly proclaims in Romans 1:16 that he is not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation. The gospel is the power! If we water it down, if we candy coat the truth we are not preaching the gospel at all. According to the Spirit in Galatians 1:8-9, if anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the word of God they are to be accursed.
If we love, truly love people the way we say we do, we will teach the truth.
The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest. Matthew 9:37-38
Pray for the equipping of saints with the truth of the gospel, that many be saved!
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