Romans 4:5, “But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness
Some will tell a sinner that sometime in the future if they follow very detailed instructions through their religion that God just may, again just may, justify them in front of Him. In modern society, the offer will be “come to church with me”.
The sinner then decides to go church with their friend, and then leaves this setting with no real change. They may feel the pressure from their friend and the church to behave exactly as they are behaving. While some may stick it out for the sake of their friend for some time, most will have a very good excuse as to why they won’t be further attending that particular church.
What failed here? Did the church fail? Or did the premise fail. I would argue the premise failed miserably. The sinner’s motives were confused by their friend who said by going to church, they would realize a change in their life. When that change failed to appear so did the sinner’s faith.
Friends, it comes down to Gospel sharing! Today is the day of a sinner’s salvation! Don’t put up roadblocks before God’s grace by putting a list or steps needed for the sinner from your view. Remember God will work His divine work differently for each sinner. Just as we are born physically with different features, we are also born spiritually with different features. So your experience in being born-again maybe fine and dandy for you, but for another sinner it may come in a totally different manner, again depending on God’s will for the sinner.
But what is common and central? The Gospel! Remember you are a sinner, and God didn’t wait to justify you through Jesus Christ nor did He put a bunch of red tape in front of you, He justified you in your ungodly state.
Too often those who have been justified error in placing endless and confusing red tape in front of other sinners waiting to be redeemed. This is done often without even realizing it and pride is the culprit. Pride will say every sinner out there must experience the exact same tribulation and experience you went through or the regeneration was not authentic, so you then place some un-needed red tape in front of the called sinner by God.
Pride will also say a sinner must participate in a ritual or ceremony first before God can do His divine work in them. This is worldly thinking, humanizing the Divine mind which is a fool’s errand. Don’t place this foolish red-tape and roadblock before the Cross of Jesus Christ.
On social media and elsewhere I find many well meaning Christians putting red tape up. You will see their emails or posts condemning a certain sin or group, yet don’t realize what they are doing is putting a road-block up to the Cross.
The Apostle Paul says in 1 Cor 13 to NOT be a clanging bell, but be a light to the Gospel! The clanging bell puts the red tape up and the sinner runs for the lack of love in the message of the Gospel. The preaching of the sinfulness of sin, repentance, and God’s holiness is ALWAYS necessary, please don’t get me wrong here.
But always REMEMBER what you have been saved from and don’t believe for a second you are anything more special than any other sinner! Remember how stubborn and rebellious you yourself were at one time and the steps you took which were not easy ones. Go back to that time when your sins were on display for a holy God and how you were viewed, in other words humility is needed always!
With your sharing of the Gospel, be careful not to enter your pride in that equation. The glory of God needs no defense, rather proclaim it in truth and conviction and get yourself out of the way!
1 Corinthians 13:1-2 “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.”