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I Have Decided It’s Not a Sin

In an episode of "Everybody Loves Raymond" newly engaged Robert and Amy are in the middle of an uncomfortable meeting between his parents and her parents. Amy confesses to her churchgoing parents that Robert often "sleeps over" and states "I've decided it's not a sin." I know this is just a t.v. show. But t.v. shows often reflect the thoughts of society.

In real life many people, even professed Bible believing people, govern their lives the same way. If the Bible forbids your belief or behavior but you want to do or believe it anyway, just decide it's not sin. As if declaring it so makes it so. That way we can each create a god in our own image that approves or disapproves whatever we permit. We can throw in a dollop of Bible here and there to give it a flavor and hint of "Christianity" but not so much that it requires repentance.

We live in an age that is guided more by emotions and personal opinion than objective truth. The belief, "If it feels right to me then it is right" is the polar star leading many to hell. "For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever" (Romans 1:25). We are enticed by the thought of being the captain of our own ship and setting our own course. Yet the prophet Jeremiah concedes to God, "I know, 0 Lord, that a man's Way is not in himself, nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps" (Jeremiah 10:23). We have the law of God because we are accountable to the God who gave the law. Thinking that we must answer to none higher than our own "inner voice" is a delusion of the most dangerous kind.

"I have decided it's not a sin" may work with your family, friends and co-workers. Say it often enough and it may even work to silence that nagging conscience. But don't count on it working with God.

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward