1 Corinthians 6:9-11 lists a lot of sins, but then Paul distinguishes a believer from the unbeliever when he says ” And such were some of you”. Those sins had defined the people before they knew Christ those sins no longer defined them. 1 John 3 tells us that if we know Christ we will not continue practicing sin. A Christian can fall into all kinds of sin (Romans 3:23) but if we continue in these sins by making them a lifestyle we never knew Jesus from the start (7: 21-23).
How About 99.9%?
When the Ritz-Carlton Hotels won the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the owner of that outstanding organization, Mr. William Johnson, stated that now they would need to work even harder to earn the respect that came with the award. “Quality,” he said, “is a race with no finish line.”
He is correct. Competitive excellence requires 100% all of the time. Ever tracked the consequences of “almost but not quite”? According to some fine research by Natalie Gabal, if 99.9% were considered good enough, then this year alone . . . 2,000,000 documents would be lost by the IRS; 12 babies would be given to the wrong parents each day; 291 pacemaker operations would be performed incorrectly; 20,000 incorrect drug prescriptions would be written (to cite just a few examples).
Instead of applying this negatively to the practical side of life, I’d much rather compare it positively to the theological. Remember that forgotten word “justification”? Justification is the sovereign act of God whereby He declares righteous the believing sinner while that person is still in a sinning state. He doesn’t suddenly make us righteous (we still sin). He declares us righteous. How righteous does God declare us? One hundred percent righteous. Stop and think: Upon believing in Jesus Christ’s substitutionary death and bodily resurrection, the once-lost sinner is instantly, unconditionally, and permanently “declared 100% righteous.” Anything less and we are not righteous . . . we’re almost righteous.
If we were declared 99.9% righteous, some verses would have to be rewritten. Like Isaiah 1:18, which might then read: “‘Come now, and let us reason together,’ says the LORD, ‘though your sins are as scarlet, they will be light pink.’”
Nonsense! The promise of sins forgiven is all or nothing.
Unlike the earthly race for excellence, the race against sin had a finish line. Otherwise, when Jesus breathed His last breath, He would’ve said, “It is almost finished.” And we would have to keep working at it, adding to something Christ didn’t finish at the cross.
Let’s never, ever forget that God is into “white as snow,” not light pink.
If Christ had paid 99.9% of the debt of sin, not one of us would have a chance at heaven (see Romans 4:4-5).
— by Chuck Swindoll
Romans 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
This verse does not mean a simple acknowledgment that He is God and the Lord of the universe, since even demons acknowledge that to be true.
This is the deep personal conviction, without reservation, that Jesus is that person’s own master or sovereign. This phrase includes repenting from sin, trusting in Jesus for salvation and submitting to Him as Lord.
This is the volitional element of faith.
Believeth: To trust, rely on, or have faith in. When used of salvation, this word usually occurs in the present tense “is believing” which stresses that faith is not simply a one-time event, but an ongoing condition. True saving faith is supernatural, a gracious gift of God that He produces in the heart and is the only means by which a person can appropriate true righteousness.
Saving faith consists of 3 elements.
- Mental: the mind understands the gospel and the truth about Christ
- Emotional: one embraces the truthfulness of those facts with sorrow over sin and joy over God’s mercy and grace
- Volitional: the sinner submits his will to Christ and trust in Him alone as the only hope of salvation.
Genuine faith always produces authentic obedience.
“God hath raised Him from the dead”: Christ’s resurrection was the supreme validation of His ministry. Belief in it is necessary for salvation because it proved that Christ is who He claimed to be and that the Father had accepted His sacrifice in the place of sinners. Without the resurrection, there is no salvation.
This leaves absolutely no doubt at all what we must do to be saved.
Romans 10:10 “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
“Confession is made unto salvation”: One is not saved by his mouth’s conversation, (meaning many, who by their head knowledge say they are saved, but really are not), but rather, the mouth testifies readily of the grace of God in Christ which has been received by faith (for those who have been truly saved and their words are coming from their heart).
Confession is the Greek word which basically means to say the same thing, or to agree with someone. The person who confesses Jesus as Lord, agrees with the Father’s declaration that Jesus is Savior and Lord.
Jesus Christ in the last year of his life uses physical force to throw the money changers out of the temple. This was the only time during the the life of his ministry in which he used physical force against anyone.
When Jews came to Jerusalem to pay their Temple tax, they could only pay it with a special coin, the half-shekel. This was a half-ounce of pure silver, about the size of a quarter. It was the only coin at that time which was pure silver and of assured weight, without the image of a pagan Emperor, and therefore to the Jews it was the only coin acceptable to God.
Unfortunately these coins were not plentiful, the money changers had cornered the market on them, and so they raised the price of them to whatever the market could bear. They used their monopoly they had on these coins to make exorbitant profits, forcing the Jews to pay whatever these money changers demanded.
Jesus threw the money changers out as their monopoly on these coins totally violated the sanctity of God’s house.
Even though we might justify our actions through reason or logic, if we are violating God’s clear commands, we are sinning against Him, and He will hold us accountable for those sins. God is not to be worshiped with images, because any image we make will draw more attention to the work of our hands than the God who made all things. Also, there is no way we can ever fully represent the holiness and awesomeness of God through an image. To attempt to do so will always fall short. On top of this, God is a spirit (John 4:24), and we cannot form an image of a spirit. We worship God by believing His Word, obeying it, and declaring His greatness to others.
Most scholars agree that this Psalm and Psalm 51 were responses to David’s sin with Bathsheba (2 Samuel ch. 11). For a while, David did not ask God to forgive him. When he asked forgiveness from God, and He forgave David. David repented to God.
David uses three words to describe disobeying God: Disobedience, sin, and doing bad things. These three words describe all the ways we disobey God.
Next, David uses three words for what God does: God forgives, God covers, and He does not hold our sin against us: He will save us from going to hell for doing it.
In verses 3-5 we see where David asks God’s forgiveness. A burden was lifted from David when he asked for forgiveness from God and he was once again happy. God always forgives us if we ask Him no matter what we have done.
In verses 6-7 we see that David now feels different. He now feels free from sin. He tells everyone “Pray to God” He means if you sin ask God to forgive you; do not wait”. God was David’s hiding place. God will hide us from the bad times that are sure to come. He will keep us safe.
Verses 8-9 is God speaking now. God will always show us what we should do if we will ask Him. We should be people God can talk to, not like the animals.
In verses 10-11 we see that the people who trust God will not be sad. The only real way to be happy is to ask God to forgive you for your sin. You will have a clean heart then. It will be as though you have never sinned.
At first, they did not. We can only speculate the grief and the other emotions they must have felt as they left the garden.
However, sorrow gave way to hope because life continued in Chapter 4. God revealed Himself to them in a new way after their sin. He taught them lessons of hope: the significance of the coverings He made for them; their deliverance from danger if they stayed in the garden and the promise of a Savior.
Surely they obeyed when offering sacrifices because their sons did this (Genesis 4:1-4).
That will do much harm to one’s Christian witness. Liquor stores also provide easy access to those who abuse alcohol. These two things alone present a colossal problem for a Christian. Ephesians 5:18 tells us not to be drunk with wine (alcohol) where is in excess but be filled with the Holy Spirit. This is speaking of moderation. Titus 2 11-13 says, “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. Training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
God wants Christians to live a sober life. He does not want us to be a stumbling block to our neighbor Romans 4:21 says, “It is not good to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.”
I believe that a Christian should not entertain the idea of owning a liquor store.
There is no other way. You say you don’t want to offend your family just because the Bible tells us praying the rosary is unbiblical. Whatever you may say to those family members is most likely going to offend them anyway, so just tell them what the Bible says about it. If that offends them then so be it.
There is no scriptural basis for praying to Mary, calling her holy or calling her our life and hope. The catholic church says Mary is sinless, but in Luke 1:47 Mary calls God her savior. Sinners need a savior. Mary acknowledged that she needed a savior, therefore acknowledging that she was a sinner.
They direct most of the prayers to Mary and not God. For every praise to God, there are ten praises to Mary in the rosary.
Christ taught that the source of all life and truth is God, and nobody should seek or receive that title. It is a title that belongs to God. Nobody should ever be received like God is.
Matthew 23:9 tells us not to refer to anyone on earth as father. This context of the verse is not referring to one’s own biological father, as father was not what Jesus was talking about.
In Matthew 23:1–12, Jesus is denouncing the Jewish scribes and Pharisees for rejecting Him as their Messiah, in particular for their hypocrisy in elevating themselves above others with titles such as “teacher” and “master.” The Jewish teachers affected those titles because they supposed that a teacher formed the man or gave him real life. They sought, therefore, to be called “father,” as if they were the source of truth rather than God. Christ taught that the source of all life and truth is God, and no one ought to seek or receive a title that properly belongs to Him. No one should be as revered as God is whether he is Oriental, Eastern Orthodox or Roman Catholic.