Where did you get the article? Do you have a link please?
IMO, the Christians of 2000 years ago also lived in a world of moral decline, in my guess, as tempting and evil as today's world for the climate which spawned it.
Just saw it now...however, my IMO still stands..that is, my opinion has not changed
I have objections to Christians smacking the hands of other Christians simply because they feel uncomfortble with what others do.
Traipsing through the threads, I have come to expect that what one person may consider a great effront, another will observe as culture.
THAT, is why I think scritpure is our best guideline along with a conscience kept alive through a personal realtionship with God our Father and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ
through the Holy Spirit.
As Paul observed, the law serves to point out sin and where there is the law, is is more easily broken and the temptation to do so, actually increases. In fact, in Paul's own
words, here is that observation:
The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, Romans 5:20
Pointing out every sin in the world does nothing more than increase the temptation. Every day we sin...therefore, we realize the impossibility of pleasing God in our own flesh,
that is, the observaton of the law and wearing it like a crown of thorns on our head. It simply does not work. There is freedom from the law only in Christ Jesus and while
we are aware of our condition, we know that God's grace surpasses that condition and enables us to live in a fallen world...something that countless articles on how bad
it all has gotten (and going to get worse folks) does not do.
The danger is in our ability to differentiate between good and evil
Are we doing so in our own flesh or through the Holy Spirit? The life we live should be in Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit according to the NT