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Mat_6:24  No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

 

This verse is fairly straight forward. It means you can not have two masters. You can not serve God and satan at the same time.

You can not serve God, Love God, profess to be a follower of God and live like the world.

You must declare yourself for one or the other.

You can not accept sin, live in it, dwell with it and be content with it, and then serve God.

 

We are to be in this world but not of this world.

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

A living sacrifice. This doesn't mean to flagellate, or cut, or abuse your body in some useless ritual.

It means to be a living vibrant picture of the sacrifice of Christ. To forgo the  so-called pleasures the world has to offer and to be the reminder to this world of the Sacrifice of Christ.

Who gave up His heavenly Home, His Throne in Grace to come here to this earth to live, suffer, die, and Rise again.

Christ came and defeated sin and death so that we might have life and have it more abundantly.

We are to present our bodies to God as a living sacrifiece to His Will, His Work. His purposes.

Just like Abraham offered Isaac on the altar so we must figuratively offer our bodies to Him.

For without Him we would have no life, neither here or in eternity.

We are here to further His Will, to stand for His Word, to spread His Gospel. We are not here to be a comfortable, lazy people who may or may not get out and serve.

Paul didn't rest on his laurels. He gave himself over to the full service of God, whether in prison or free he was always about the Will of God.

 

We must determine in our hearts that we will serve God, to the detriment of our own comfortability.

We must take a stand against the corruption and sins of this world. We are not here to condemn the world, but to tell them, show them of Christ and His love for them.

We are not to be accepting of sin in our midst, we are to be separate.

2Co 6:16  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

2Co 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

2Co 6:18  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

 

How can they need what we have if we are like them?

How can the righteous have any part with unrighteousness?

We must love the sinner, but thoroughly hate and detest the sin.

We can not allow it, turn a blind eye.to it We can not accept it as the societal norm. We can not tolerate the practice of sin and profess ourselves to be His.

 

Now notice I said the practice of sin. We will all sin at one time or another, in some way or another. If you are looking for perfection you can give that up right now. There is no perfection found outside of Christ Himself. We are woefully inadequate to achieve even a semblance of His sinlessness.

 

However, we do have a loving God who will forgive the sin and restore us to His fellowship if we but confess.

 

the Bible is very clear on sin, it is very clear on principles, it is very clear on standards. We also have the Holy Spirit who will teach us and guide us if we allow and study and pray. We have the example of the life of Christ Himself on how to live.

He had sin around Him always, in the people coming to see Him to find what was different about Him. To see the Son of God and be near Him.

Did He condone their sin? NO.

He specifically said to go and sin no more.

He didn't say your ok. I'm ok.

He didn't smile and bless them without causing a change.

He was among the sinners, the apostates, the "religious" leaders but He was different!

He taught them what they needed, He gave them what they needed, God!

 

We must be different than they are.

We must not like what they do, accept what they do, condone what they do, we must not turn a blind eye to their sin which equates to acceptance.

We must love them in spite of their sin, with out accepting it, becoming immune to it, becoming desensitized to it and it's presence.

 

The apostle Paul laid out how to deal with sin in the church.

They removed them from the church until they repented and stopped the sin,

A man was living with his father's wife in an immoral relationship. Paul states they tried to correct it, the man refused so they removed him from the fellowship of the church rather than have the church condone his sin.

I believe this man was a professed Christ follower or Paul would not have removed him from the church.

You have to be a member to be removed.

They did not remove him from the faith, they just did not allow the sin to remain when it was intentional, and a potential harm to the body of Christ.

 

We must do the same with sin in our midst.

We should love those that are not of Christ, we are the personification of Christ's love.

We should not love, accept, or tolerate their sin!

if they are set on their behavior and they want to practice that sin, that is on them; we can not allow it in the house of God.

We can not allow the teaching of it as ok in God's house. We can not allow those who practice it to lead, or teach in the church as they are not of the church.

If a brother or sister go astray in sin, Love them and pray for them but do not allow them to contaminate the church, the very Body of Christ with their sin.

Do not condone and accept what they are doing, but try to reset them to God's fellowship.

if they refuse then continue to pray for them, but have nothing to do with them.

Do not cut them off from communication but do not give an inch in letting them justify or rationalize and call it normal.

We can not let one whose heart does not belong to God lead God's people in any way shape or form.

God will not tolerate sin from His own. If they are practicing sin, living in sin without remorse or a pricking of the Holy Spirit then they are not of God.

Even Lot was troubled by the sins going on around him in sodom. He was labeled a righteous man by God even though he was dwelling in the midst of sin.

 

2Pe 2:7  And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:

2Pe 2:8  (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)

 

Is your soul vexed from their sin?

Is your heart broke from the sin?

We can not serve the god of this world and the Holy God Jehovah at the same time.

We cannot.

We must stand up against it. Stop the acceptance, and condoning of it.

Transformed from this world's thought and sin, turned from their wicked ways.

Transformed to a Holy Light serving as a beacon in this world of darkness to a loving, Holy, Righteouss God who can give them, us, what they/we need.

But how do they know they joy of  Holy God unless we set the example?

How do they know they have a need unless we show them the true God through us?

Love, and Mercy, Grace and Peace of a Loving God who wants them to come away from their darkness into His light.

Come out from among them, separate yourself from them through His Mercy, His Strength.

Love who they are but not what they do.

Love the person but not the actions.

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