Excuses will not excuse sinful behavior in God’s eyes

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By C.L. Glasscock

1 Corinthians 7:1-9 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.

Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment. For I would that all men were even as I myself.

But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that. I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. But if they cannot containe, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

In our country today we see so many men and women, boys and girls, living together out of wedlock. The excuses go something like this:

• “We are going to get married.”

• “We didn’t see any reason to wait.”

• “We were just going to see if we were made for each other.”

• “My parents did not approve of my choice so this is the only way we could be together.”

This is the best one...

• “I have been saved and I will be alright whether I am married or not.”

Some married people even leave their spouse and start living with someone else even if the other person is married. And if you ask them they will say, I am a Christian, it will be alright, I am saved.

If you believe this, look at John 8. There we see two pharisees bring a woman to Jesus who was caught in the very act of adultery and they told Jesus that Moses commanded us that such should be stoned. But Jesus said unto them those of you without sin cast a stone at her. After this they all left at one time and only Jesus and the woman were standing.

John 8:10-11 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

As we look at this, we see Jesus forgive this woman for committing adultery, but he also told her to go and sin no more. If this woman went back into adultery, she would be cast into hell along with all the people who are committing adultery.

It is not I that condemns sinful people. It is the word of God that condemns them.