Being a born-again Christian is a life I recommend, a life I love. Knowing where my eternal home is gives me joy and security. As a Christian, I want to do better in all things; prayer, study, being a good example, setting the bar higher and higher to exalt my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
“Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.”
Understanding Grace through Faith, I know that NOT ONE WORK will keep me saved or make me saved. I know there is no such thing as a moral evolution of salvation, like most unsaved people do….I used to think that way when I was Catholic. Anyway, some Christians think that we are now exempt from doing a work or works either because now the ‘pressure’ is off to do anything (laziness) OR works is considered to be legalism, or law (pharisaical) OR live like the world because you’re under Grace. So, now no one is doing anything for the Kingdom and it’s an ‘anything goes’ kind of attitude.
“For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?”
I see all too often people shouting the victory on Sunday morning but goes back home to a live a life of fornication, adultery, alcohol, gambling, homosexuality, or pornography….the list is endless.
Sometimes it is the Church’s fault for not teaching about sin and its consequences, but not always. I believe that the responsibility falls on the believer to do the right thing every day; God sees us no matter where we go.
What Bible are they reading?
That’s exactly it…they are not reading the Bible. The Bible does not mince words about what is acceptable and what is not. Holiness is paramount to living for God, there is no other way. But somehow living in Grace has believers confused or maybe bemused. I have to wonder if these errant Christians are actually backslidden not just lazy:
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.”