Hypocrisy has no place in the church, that being said we are all broken and will continue to struggle with our sin nature. We are called to hold each other accountable as brothers and sisters in Christ because of this very real truth that we are born again heathen.
I have found that in the modern day church we often refer to salvation as believing in Jesus as our Lord and Savior; however we hardly ever talk about the other side of the coin. We must also TRUST in Jesus as our Lord and Savior; I believe that it was simplified in church language because in days past we had and understanding of what the words Lord and Lordship meant. In today’s culture and from what I have witnessed I do not believe we have an honest understanding of these words.
My Wife and I both grew up in church, and both had been convinced that we had our salvation experience in our teenage years. As we grew older, we drifted away from the church and every aspect of Christian living. It was not until our mid-twenties that we found our way back to church and what we believe to be our true salvation experience. So why do we believe that we had not had our salvation experience in our teenage years? There are many reasons, but the most prominent for myself is the fact that my heart had not changed on how I viewed sin personal or otherwise. I was quite comfortable justifying and making excuses for sin and sinners. I didn’t think twice about sinning or the cost of my sins. In short, I had not let Jesus be the Lord in my life; rather I had put myself on that throne.
About the time that we found our way back into the church, we had a leader in our church who held multiple roles who told a story of how her young daughter had written down the book title, “50 Shades of Grey” on her elementary reading list after seeing it on her coffee table. Let me be clear; she told this story as if we should find it humorous. Looking back at this I can’t help but wonder if she or the other women who laughed at this story would have found it just as hilarious if I had told them that my son had found a copy of, “Playboy” and drew a picture for art class using the magazine for inspiration?
My point to retelling this event is to bring light to a growing epidemic in our church. We have grown soft on sin… at least as long as it is our sin. This is not the only person that I know who has fallen lax in this area we have a growing number of leaders both men and women who find the 50 Shades series or Game of Thrones to be acceptable material to subject our eyes and ears to. So many verses of scripture warn us to guard our eyes, ears, and heart to such immoral behaviors with Jesus even going so far as to tell us to cut off our hand if it is causing us to sin as to spare the rest of our body. We sing songs to our children telling their ears, eyes, and mouth to be careful what they hear, see, and say.
The confession of sin is healthy, but we have become a church which tends to brag about our sin without a single ounce of repentance. I have heard women leaders in the church congratulate sisters in Christ on a divorce, older youth discussing the latest episode of, “Game of Thrones” and men of the church telling filthy jokes chock-full of profanity. Looking at the letter, Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus leaves me worried as to how many of my professing brothers and sisters in Christ have been convinced, as I was, of their salvation when they are still their own Lords.
Therefore, be imitators of God, as dearly loved children, and walk in love, as Christ also loved us and gave himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God. But sexual immorality and any impurity or greed should not even be heard of among you, as is proper for saints. Obscene and foolish talking or crude joking are not suitable, but rather giving thanks. For know and recognize this: Every sexually immoral or impure or greedy person, who is an idolater, does not have an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
The church and her leaders must return to a standard of holding each other and the congregation accountable. We must return to the fundamental truth that Iron sharpens Iron and get away from this Aluminum Foil accountability that bends so easily to the cultural norms. I fear we are sending more to hell with clear consciences than we are leading to actual relationships with Christ. Our failure to hold each other accountable and properly disciple has led us to a place where the blind are leading the blind, and then we wonder why we have come to a place where entire denominations are normalizing clear sin as ordained by God Himself.
When we justify and embrace our sin, we have made an idol of ourselves and placed ourselves upon the Throne which was created by the creator Himself for the true winner of the Game of Thrones, the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings, Son of God and Son of man, Jesus Christ.