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COLUMN: Christianity is not a ‘license to sin’

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By C.L. Glasscock

Roberta, my wife, and I were eating at a Cracker Barrel and we had a very sweet little waitress. I asked her if she was a Christian. Her answer was, “I’m somewhat a Christian.” I thought that was an honest answer.
When you ask some people if they are a Christian they will start telling you where they go to church or all the good things they do. I’ll have to admit that is good, but a church does not save and doing good things does not save you, only the blood of Jesus Christ saves you, and you become a Christian through his blood.
I looked up Christian in the dictionary: “a person who believes in Christ and follows his teaching.”
It is very easy to say that you are a Christian. If so, do you follow his teaching? Or are we like King Agrippa when Paul was testifying about Jesus coming into his heart and becoming a Christian. He was telling about what the prophets and Moses said should come.
Acts 26:23-28 says, “That Christ should suffer and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead and should shew light unto the people and to the Gentiles. And as he thus spoke for himself Festus said with a loud voice, ‘Paul thou art beside thyself, much learning doth make thee mad. But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus, but speak forth the words of truth and soberness. For the King knoweth of these things before whom also I speak freely, for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him, for this thing was not done in a corner. King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest. Then Agrippa said unto Paul, almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.’”
As we look at King Agrippa, Jesus was getting to him and I believe he really wanted to accept him as his savior, but he could not give up his position as king. Many people in the world today think that if they accept Jesus, they will have to give up all these sinful things they are doing, and they are right, but the truthful thing is that if they accept Jesus, they will want to give up their sinful life.
A big hang up today is some people claim they have accepted Jesus and go on living their old sinful life as before. One well known preacher on TV said the people who do this just want a license to sin.