But if we know someone who is comitting fornication for example or drinking every day and nobody says anything, then is that the way of God.
Love the fornicator and the alcoholic until he/she impregnants someone or their liver goes bad.
That's ok though, I loved them in the end and didn't judge them.
I think we have to differentiate between correction and judgement. One, you can't correct a non-believer. A non-believer isn't saved, they're trapped in the sin and flee from the Light that's Jesus.So if someone turns their back on the Light, how can they be expected to live by it if all they know is darkness?
That's what Jesus meant when 'He said I am the Light of the world,' I've often thought about this verse and its meanings. Jesus’ life and sacrifice brought life to the world that’s for sure. By dying for man’s sin, Jesus opened to gate to Heaven (the gate that He Himself claimed to be), and this most defiantly brought light to mankind.
Yet we must remember that Jesus was hardly in His thirties when He died for us, and before that there was only sin and darkness. Jesus is claiming to be the contrast. He is saying that before Him, we had only known darkness and therefore we were ignorant of the darkness that we were in. But when Jesus entered the world, we identified Him as the light, and now we had a contrast. Since Jesus was utterly sinless, now we can perceive just how far sin had penetrated our very being. We now have a definition of righteousness in Christ Himself.
What’s almost scary about this is that Jesus is taking away our naivety. He’s saying that before Him we knew no light- we were like children who didn't know better. Now that Jesus had entered the world, there would be no more excuses. I've often thought about this verse and its meanings. Jesus’ life and sacrifice brought life to the world that’s for sure. By dying for man’s sin, Jesus opened to gate to Heaven (the gate that He Himself claimed to be), and this most defiantly brought light to mankind.
Before Jesus, knew no light- we were like children who didn’t know better, but now we've accepted Him as Lord, we're expected to conform to Him. While God wants all man to find Salvation, He can't, and doesn't expect man to be more than he is in his sinful state. If God expected this of sinners, we'd be able to save ourselves. It's only those that are saved that are expected to conform to Jesus. God doesn't care about atheists bettering themselves, only Jesus can do that. So He cares only for a man's faith. Think of Jesus as the Doctor that cures sin. You don't try to cure yourself of an illness before you go to the doctor, just to be presentable. You go to the doctor while you're still sick, as we go to Jesus while we're still sinners. Jesus doesn't expect man to clean Himself up before he is saved, and neither should we. As Dr Andrew J. Willis says 'sinners do what sinners do.'
Edited by AlanLamb0986, 20 January 2014 - 06:15 PM.