Without Discernment - The Sinner Becomes The Victim
WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR OWN ACTIONS!
Discernment is a word not used often enough and rarely practiced in today's "Christian" realm. In fact, the very word seems to be taboo. The reason for that is obvious. If one must discern, one must conclude, and ultimately, one must take action.Non-christian society has worked hard to remove the ability to classify wrong as wrong. Black is no longer black and white is no longer white. Instead, we deal in shades of gray and nothing can quite be identified as certain. Satan, the author of confusion, has been very successful in his attempt to muddle minds.
For the discerning christian associating with a non-discerning christian, watch for a pattern. The first and second in this pattern can be misleading, as it certainly appears you are in one accord and can proceed together in unity: a recognition that a sin has occurred; second, the results of that sin are noted (drunkenness, divorce, sexual immorality); third, and this is the point of abandoning scriptural teaching, the making of excuses for the sin. At this point, the beginning of spiritual discernment is negated by the unwillingness to follow through. Replacing discernment with reasoning becomes the out. The reasoning usually determines that the sinner, though the deed was wrong, was really a victim. Circumstances are the culprit and the sinner is not to be blamed, and therefore, the christian is relieved of his duty.
If God cannot look upon sin with approval, neither should we. Matthew 27:46.
We must truly believe that sin has deadly consequences. Romans 6:23.
We ARE expected to do something. James 4:17.
With a heart full of christian love patterned after Christ, we must strive to be wise and discern (good from evil). Why? So that we can approve what is right (and naturally disapprove what is sin). What's the final outcome? Before Christ, we will prove ourselves pure and blameless (as opposed to spotted and guilty).
"And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ," Phil 1: 9,10
Christian friends, we are responsible for our own actions. We are not victims. Pray for true discernment.
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