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Is Unconditional Acceptance and Unconditional Love Biblical?
The terms unconditional love and unconditional acceptance are the flags that are raised high in the modern church system today. According to Scripture, there is only one condition to being loved and accepted . It is by accepting the grace of our Father in heaven through Christ by faith as our Savior.
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 for our sins.
A genuinely saved person requires the power of the Holy Spirit to change them into a new creation. They are no longer a fornicator, murderer, homosexual, adulterer, etc., but a follower of Christ no longer enslaved to sin.
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost. - Revelation 22:17
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. Our behaviours portray the standards by which 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. If we show unconditional love, it means to tolerate, accept, or justify sinful behaviours. This somehow equates to showing the love of Christ. The teachings in the church today have rejected what is written in Scripture for subjective reasoning as they promotes a 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; a new creation.
- The wrath of God.
- Atonement for sin.
- God's final judgement; hell.
- Biblical rule, standard, and practice.
What Scripture defines as sin is simply disobedience and rebellion against God. A lack of spiritual discernment is the result of the condition the modern church is in today, and many are being led astray by politically correct false teachings and ideologies.
You may be called a Pharisee, or self-righteous for calling sin for what it is, but if you are truly saying what the word says, then you are facilitating a biblical standard. Those who truly love the body of Christ will not stand by idly by while serious sin is being committed. Without exposing sin, the effects will ultimately domino, causing mounting collateral damage to the ekklesia.
If confrontations were carried out and there was an unwillingness to repent, a public rebuke and discharge would be in order according to biblical protocol. It is not out of malicious intent, but for the love and welfare of the body of Christ.
Unfortunately, many people make the wrong distinctions on what the true terms of Christ's love and acceptance are.
Scripture judges what sin is, but using Scripture to justify our own sin, or those of others is not what the Way of Christ is about, nor is it the behaviour of a true believer.
The modern church embraces the sinner with open arms and there the sinner remains unchanged. The the power of Christ is negated.
There is a distinction between the true love of Christ and the false unconditional love and acceptance that religious man has made up for themselves.
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, and allowing him to change you through the power of the Holy Spirit.. The unconditional love and acceptance from man does not save. It is only through the true genuine grace of Christ that is distinctly different from the counterfeit man-made version.
We are saved when we simply believe, trust, and accept that Christ is truly the Son of God and our Savior with the power to make us into a new creation. Walking out true faith in him will bring genuine salvation.
By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. - 1 John 2:3
- Contending for Truth Within the Church
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- Is Jesus the Friend of Sinners?
You cannot be called an evangelist unless your purpose is to bring the Gospel to the world; it is not about becoming friends with the world.
- Actually, God Calls Us to Judge Within Biblical Context
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