Is Unconditional Acceptance and Unconditional Love Biblical?
The concept of ‘unconditional love’ is used by most within the church system today, yet it is not found anywhere Scripture. In contrast, the genuine Gospel is about a condition to being loved and accepted by our Father in heaven. This comes by accepting the grace of God through His Son, Christ our Saviour.
Throughout the Old Testament God had love for His people, but acceptance was based on the condition of their obedience to Him.
Today, it is by what Christ did on the cross through the shedding his blood and rising from the dead to set us free from being captive to our sins.
A genuinely saved person who has been changed by the power of the Holy Spirit is a new creation. They are no longer a fornicator, murderer, homosexual, adulterer, etc, but are followers of Christ who walk in Kingdom principles.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. - John 14:6
It is false to believe that Christ will accept every behaviour that we exhibit. We portray the standards we uphold. Either good fruit or thorns and thistles are reaped by the choices we make.
For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. - Romans 5:17
Does Christ love everybody without judgement?
“You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell? - Matthew 23:33
Somehow, the rules have changed with the notion we are to show unconditional love. What it really means means is to tolerate, accept, and justify sinful behaviours as a means of showing the love of Christ to others. The teachings within the church system today have rejected what is written in Scripture for subjective reasoning as they promote their politically correct counterfeit grace.
Unconditional acceptance and love for the sinner undermines true biblical doctrine on many accounts.
- Personal accountability
- The concept of what sin is.
- The necessity of being born again into a new creation.
- The wrath of God.
- Atonement for sin.
- God’s final judgement.
- Biblical standards put into practice.
A lack of spiritual discernment is the result of the condition the church system is in today. Many are being led astray by politically correct false teachings and ideologies.
It is common to be called ‘self-righteous’ for calling sin for what it is. And this is defined as supposedly not showing God’s unconditional love towards others. Those who truly love the body of Christ will not idly stand by while serious sin is being committed among those who call themselves followers of Christ. Without exposing sin, the effects will ultimately domino causing mounting collateral damage to the brethren.
If there is an unwillingness to repent, a public rebuke and discharge may be in order according to biblical protocol. It is not out of malicious intent, but for the love and welfare of the ekklesia.
Unfortunately, many people make the wrong distinctions on what the true terms of Christ’s love and acceptance are.
Those in the church system embrace the sinner with open arms and there the sinner remains unchanged. There is no call to repentance that negates the power of the Holy Spirit to set the the sinner free to do the will of God.
There is quite a distinction between the true love of Christ and the false unconditional love and acceptance that religious men preach from their pulpits today.
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. - Romans 10:17
Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name. - John 20:30-31
Trusting and accepting the love of Christ is believing that he is the Son of God who brought the the power of the Holy Spirit to all those who would choose to follow him and abide in Kingdom principles.
The unconditional love and acceptance from man does not save. We are saved when we believe, trust and accept that Christ is truly the Son of God and our Saviour through repentance, walking in obedience and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit that changes us into a new creation. Walking out the true faith of Christ will bring forth fruit and life to others.
By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. - 1 John 2:3
Do you believe that unconditional love is biblical?
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- Actually, God Calls Us to Judge Within Biblical Context
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