Living Godly In An Ungodly World

“¶I wrote you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people; I did not at all mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the greedy and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is a sexually immoral person, or greedy, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one.” 1 Corinthians 5:9-11 LSB.


There is a church not far from my town that hangs a gay pride flag on their property to demonstrate their inclusivity for all people, even those who blatantly sin against God by intentionally ignoring the word of God, even as the leaders of this church. This is the opposite of what God requires of His people. The people of God are to love all people as God loves all people. Jesus died for sinners to save sinners among whom all of us are included and were included until we received Jesus as our personal Savior, receiving His pardon for our sin and His declaration of righteousness appropriated to us because of His perfect life given to us and for us. Now that we belong to God as children of God we are to walk in obedience to the ways of God revealed in the Word of God. God has given us the Scriptures so that we have an objective source of truth. None of us are to manufacture what God requires of us. We are to read, study, and apply the commands He has given us through His chosen servants who have recorded perfectly for all time what He expects from us. God is just, so He makes clear what He requires of us so that when He judges us we are without excuse. All people will stand before the perfect and Almighty God to be judged for their behavior on this earth. Jesus will condemn all those who have disobeyed His commands. Jesus will receive into His eternal kingdom all the disobedient who repented from their disobedience, sought His forgiveness and lived in obedience to His commands as His Spirit empowered them. Like God in Jesus, the Christian is to seek and save the lost, the disobedient, but the disobedient who come to God for forgiveness of sin must repent from that sin and seek to sin no longer with the help of God’s Spirit and His church.

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