There is something that is destroying the world today, and yet is being preached in churches. There is something that is causing false conversions, yet is glorified by ignorant Christians. There is something that is giving people the wrong idea of God Almighty, of true Christians, and leading people to Hell while they think they are grasping onto the trustworthy hands of Christian saints who will lead them to Heaven.
This thing is called tolerance.
I want to warn you all against this because I have seen how it has confused so many people. I’ve talked to many, many people who have a completely sinful and warped view of the Lord and salvation because of they have heard bad preaching and they believe that we should all tolerate sin. They think that judging is bad, and can never be righteous. They think that every Christian who dares to mention Hell, or repentance, or sin, is holier than thou and a hypocrite, and they think that grace is given to everyone, regardless of how they act after asking God for salvation. They think that repentance is merely an unimportant choice. They think that certain sins are not sins because society says so, even though the Bible says otherwise. Practically everyone in the world can quote Luke 6:37, judge not, and John 3:16, for God so loved the world, yet they have no idea about what scripture says regarding righteous anger, righteous judgement, and living holy as God is holy. Before I start digging deeper into this subject, I’d like to put a disclaimer here; God loves us. There is no such thing as a perfect person, and thanks to Jesus Christ and His sacrifice, we do not have to worry about damnation because we are not perfect. We are bought by the blood of Christ, our bonds have been paid, we are set free from the bondage of sin but we must be willing to repent in order to be set free. God does judge us, and He will continue to do so. Not because He is not loving, but because He is the perfect, holy and righteous King of Kings.
I want us to ask ourselves…what is sin? J.C Ryle put it in words,
It was sin that brought every single terrible thing into this world, yet we want to tolerate it. How ignorant are we? How, dare I say, stupid are we? We claim to love Jesus Christ, we claim to be thankful for what He has done for us, yet we go on sinning so boldly. How? I am as guilty as anyone who may be reading this. I feel His conviction, I feel Him stirring my heart as I type this, and I feel completely unworthy to be writing on this topic because of how I have failed Him in so many ways. I look at what sin is, and what sin has done, and I wonder why we are so happy to tolerate it. Sin created every illness; many of you may have lost a family member or friend to cancer. Tell me, do you hate cancer? If you found a cure for cancer, would you not want to share that cure with everyone suffering from cancer, or would you hide that cure and tolerate that illness? And say it really isn’t so bad? Sin created every infirmity, everything that tortures our human flesh. As the daughter of a drug addict, I look at those addictions that so many people face and I hate addiction. Do I tolerate addiction? I can not stand it, and if I had the cure to addiction, I would share it in a heartbeat. I would pass it around to every single addict I know, begging them to just take this cure, to give up the addiction and be set free.
We have the cure to sin, yet we want to tolerate it.
We know that there is only one way out. There is only one door, one narrow road, one exit. That is God, and repentance. Salvation. God’s grace. God’s love. The Gospel. Call it whatever you like, but the Bible is very clear on how we escape from the burden of sin. Remember the song “There Is Power In The Blood” and what it says. Come for a cleansing to Calvary’s tide, there is wonderful power in the blood. Would you do service for Jesus your King? There is power in the blood. But the question is…do we want to be washed by the blood? Are we preaching the blood of Christ or are we preaching pure tolerance? When people talk to you, when you are bringing the Gospel to lost souls, are they hearing this truth? That they must be washed? Or are they leaving you with assurance that they can go on sinning and still be loved by God Almighty? That everyone is a sinner saved by grace, and grace is the only thing that matters? Let’s remember what Paul says about grace,
Romans 6:15, “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid!”
When we are set free from sin, we should be telling everyone about this miracle. We should be telling others about how great it is to be washed whiter than snow by Jesus’ blood, not giving people this terrible impression as if repentance is not important or necessary. What is sin? It is what put our Savior on the cross. It is the reason why He was a man of sorrows. Why He had to sit and pray, so mentally tortured that He sweat blood. It is the reason that His beard was torn from His face, hair by hair. It was the reason that God turned His face from His only Son and Jesus cried out, “My God, My God! Why hast Thou forsaken Me!?” Are we not torn apart by sin any longer? How do we tolerate this and view sin so lightly?
Folks, let me remind you of the very reason that we are able to taste grace; because of Jesus and His sacrifice for us. He took on sin so that we would be able to be cleansed. His intention was never for us to live in sin after He died for us. He loves us despite our failing before salvation, but God expects us to repent and live for Him after. There is nothing wrong with righteous anger and, yes, even hatred, towards sin. Sin was going to take you to Hell. Why do we tolerate it while it is currently leading thousands of others to Hell right now? I will never preach tolerance because I know what sin is capable of. I know what it was doing to me, and I will not stop until I feel as if I have done everything possible to get this message across to everyone I can; Jesus wants to cleanse you and make you into a new creature, not save you so you can go on sinning. Be made new.