Moralists are not only found in church, even outside Christianity we have a bunch of them. “I can’t accept the Christian faith because ALL believers are hypocrites/sinners” , they lament.
There are two things that are dead wrong here:
1- Either they don’t know what Christianity is all about or,
2- The so called Christians have exchanged the gospel for morals.
I hear folks saying ‘I cannot find a perfect church around here’, am like shut up 🤐, who told you there’s a perfect church? And even if it was there, what makes you think you would be welcomed at such a perfect place?
*I can’t accept your message of grace because I don’t see change in you*? I am like seriously 😒? Did I tell you that gospel is my transformation or the death of Christ?
The reality of forgiveness for sinners based solely on the merit of another (namely, Jesus) is a scandal. That the only person in existence who had no reason to be put to death was tortured and killed. Worse yet, it was done precisely for those who held the whip, hammer, and nails (namely, me).
Every time when a comment is made about “Christian “ it catches my attention. We point out on others people’s behaviour and conclude that they cannot be Christians or truly saved because their actions are in-Christian.
I do not intend to be overly critical, this is a very popular way of thinking. Unfortunately, it is not Christian thinking because none of our actions are “Christian.” We are unsuccessful at loving loving truly and unconditionally and therefore we are unsuccessful at living as Christians should. That is why Jesus is so important.
Being a Christian does not always prevent us from acting in anger and fear as opposed to God’s love. Christians commit horrible acts everyday, even cold-blooded murder, and they are forgiven by God every time.
That is the scandal of the gospel for me. The scandal is not that God forgives the things we don’t think are a big deal, the scandal lies in the fact that God forgives the sin in us that we find unforgivable and unimagineable. All sin is horrific if we consider it carefully and any of us is capable of terrible things if put under the right (or I should say “wrong”) pressures and circumstances.
Christ died on the cross for us and that means the worst of us and the worst in us.
The blood of Jesus is enough for all. It is enough for those poor souls who are given to prostitution, drugs, alcoholism, violence, and even homosexuals 🤷♂️. It is enough for the worst of the worst like Hitler, Trump, the Pope, Your bishop myself and even YOU………it has to be, or it is not enough for me. And I need it to be enough for me.
“Jesus got into a boat and went back across the lake to his own town. Some people brought to Jesus a man who was paralyzed and lying on a mat. When Jesus saw the faith of these people, he said to the paralyzed man, “Be encouraged, young man. Your sins are forgiven.” Some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This man speaks as if he were God. That is blasphemy!” Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why are you thinking evil thoughts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to tell him, ‘Stand up and walk’? But I will prove to you that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Stand up, take your mat, and go home.””
Matthew 9:1-6 NCV