10-18-2016 Not All Are Justified

Many people seem to think that there is safety and justification for what they do because “others are doing it.”  Thus, we constantly hear things like: “all politicians are liars and immoral;” “everyone misuses drugs;” “all church-goers are hypocritical;” “all corporations are corrupt;” “all heterosexual marriages are abusive,” ad nauseum! Using others’ sins to “justify” our own is something the New Testament warns against: “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10 NKJV).  We might blind ourselves to our own sins, but God is not blinded by numbers.  In the Judgment, “each one may receive the things done in the body” (2 Corinthians 5:10 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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