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The Opinions of Man versus the word of God
Is sin simply a case of bad luck or misfortune?
Is sin a disease?
When it manifests, do we need an attending physician to manage our pain and suffering?
Is sin a crime?
If someone sins, is there a standard that we should be using to recognize the severity or criminality of the act.
In our society today, there is a judicial aspect that may be be required to to submit evidence to find the truth of the matter.
How we deal with sin can diverge down two separate paths.
One path requires the bias and relative truths of man and and the other the standard of Scripture as the prescription for sin.
Often, man-made opinions will take the reigns that resorts to religious dogma where its foundations are constructed on the sands of the institutional church system where ecclesiastical men write their various prescriptions. Unfortunately, this is where many find their 'truth' in man-made opinions, emotions and feelings and disregard what it means to allow the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. - Proverbs 16:25
The lie is that we are born sinners and we cannot help what we do. Sin has become something that God put within us at the moment of conception. 'We are born this way' many say; however, this cannot be true if we are made in His image. The concept of sin is often based on the status quo and is filtered through what the church fathers deems to be right and wrong. Humans supposedly are able to make decisions pertaining to what sin is as if they are God.
The truth is that the religious wide road is rebellion against God. We are called to do what pleases God and be obedient to His ways, not what man thinks is right. God is the one who decides the standard and it is on each one of us to find these truth for ourselves in His word. Man is not the one who is to take us by the hand pertaining to what is and what is not sin, but we are to be led by by the Holy Spirit into the truth.
Christ is our Head and he has been given authority in all matters pertaining his followers because his Father gave us the standard we are to live by through him.
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. - John 16:13
In matters of sinful behaviour as followers of Christ, do others have the right to prescribe their versions of religious doctrine upon you?
Many put the cart before the horse and filter their religious opinions through the doctrines and creeds of man independent of the testament and standard of Scripture. Their methods are not filtered through the teaching of Christ and the apostles as a means to achieve the evidence of the truth.
When defining what sin is, truth cannot be found when there is precedence given to the relative opinions and speculations of man. Authority in matters pertaining to the followers of Christ are found in Scripture and we must be careful of the relative approaches that are meant to improvise, compromise and deviate from God's standard.
When man tries to put himself at the same level as God, it is contempt towards Him.
Which has infallible authority, is it opinions of man (winds of doctrine) or the word of God?
We must decide what takes precedence.
Many are given prescriptions of compromise with stimulating opinions that do not point to Christ. Since it is popular notion to treat sin a misfortune and a calamity rather than a crime, we are pointed towards a religious institution where you learn how to become a 'whitewashed tomb.' You will become a master at hiding the symptoms, but will never become clean. Dead corpses can be made to look good, just as a wax museum can make something that has no life look like it is living.
“Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘you must be born again.’ - John 3:7
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. - 2 Corinthians 5:17
Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. - 1 Corinthians 6:11
Who is the best representative who can honestly deal with our decision to sin as well as those of others?
Is it the prestigious religious men that tell you what you should be doing with their mandated rites, rituals and programs because you can't help what you do, or is it what God has called us to do through His Son?
We must come out of dishonest dealings and the deceptive practices and snares of crooked ideologies that leads into religious bondage. Truth is found by using the standard of God's word for righteousness and righteous judgement. The evidence of what is evil, deceitful, and ungodly is not looking for pragmatic, dogmatic opinions from the endless amount of ministries and their programming, but seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.
The present state of the religious world is grievous because they delegate religious men rather than Christ to be the Head. What many call the “doings of the Lord” are actually the deceitful handiwork of men who have made themselves lord where their foundation and roots plunge deep into feverish idolatry. Reckless and headstrong bandits are allowed to parade around while the ignorant believe that this is abiding in and being obedient to the way of Christ.
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. - Hebrews 5:12
It is time to make a stand and sound the trumpet and contend against the reinterpretations of Scripture, loose liberality, idolatry and the continued disingenuous stance on sin.
The wide road has many false Christ's on it, but the narrow one has only one true Saviour. It is important to be able to discriminate the spurious as they will always point to someone or something other than Christ. Man thinks they progressed so far with their own revelations, but God gives them no recognition in their self-righteousness.
The distinction can be made that anything that is not consummated by the Holy Spirit is in opposition to Christ.
The gaieties of the proud religious peacocks are simply lovers of themselves who feed off the accolades of man and bilk their followers of the monetary living lavishly off their backs.
Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. - 1 John 2:15
Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. - James 1:27
The followers of Christ are not concerned with their own glory, but the glory of the Father through His Son. It is not about gloating in their own personal witness, but His witness in them. It is not about what they speak, but what God speaks through them and the fruit they produce by what Christ has done.
We ultimately do justice to God's love when we magnify Christ as our Lord and Saviour and walk in obedient faith in the principles of the Kingdom of God. The Son of God is the prescription for our sinful choices and will bring about a life of victory. It will never point to religious man and their 'four walls' with the many different opinions, templates, rituals, rites and dogma based on the formal statements and creeds of their fathers.
When the storm of personal opinions come, the only way to navigate through it is by standing on the foundation of God's word.
The truth found in Scripture is not something that we can mold into something we desire it to be. As followers of Christ, we don't live by relative ‘truths’ of personal preferences and agendas, but by God’s standard. Many appeal to emotional bias, but feelings are not facts. Many convey the ‘my way or the highway’ attitude instead of pointing to God's way on the narrow way.
There are many who have opinions concerning sin; however, their view or judgement may not be necessarily based on fact or knowledge. May we as followers of Christ filter our opinions through the word of God rather than relying on fallible man and their winds of doctrine.
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