Shall we continue in sin?
“O soul, consider this deeply: it is the life of a Christian that carries more conviction and persuasion than his words.” – John Bunyan
It is not profitable for one’s self, nor for those with whom he comes into contact, who has called himself a Christian to live a life that is marked by unholiness and affinity with the world.
Here’s the rest of this quote from John Bunyan, which appears as a footnote in Pilgrim’s Progress (as posted at Puritan’s Fellowship).
Though, like an angel, you talk of Christ, of the gospel, of the doctrines of grace, and of heaven; yet, if you indulge devilish tempers, and live under the power of any sinful lusts and passions, you will hereby harden others against the things of God and prevent their setting out in the ways of God. Study and pray to be a consistent walker in the ways of holiness; else, all is but windy profession and airy talk. O how much harm is done to Christ’s cause by the unholy walk of many professors!
We all probably immediately think of high-profile people like Ted Haggard, Jimmy Swaggart, Jim & TammyFaye Bakker, or swindlers like Creflo Dollar and Peter Popoff, but, I recently read comments from an 18 year-old Christian girl boasting about how she saw her first “R” rated movie, as if that’s a good thing. I have recently encountered a professing Christian who seems to revel in his “freedom” to use as many four letter cuss words as he can, even though he acknowledges that it is an offense to others.
The freedom found in Christ is not freedom to do whatever we want or that makes us feel good, it is the power to be set free from those things that God hates.
The power of the gospel is not our affinity or relevance to our debauched culture, but our transcencdence out of, and separation from it.
Thanks for reading.