Let’s be up front – I make mistakes! In comparison to the standards of God, the “all” of Romans 3:23 includes me. Even if I were to solely go by my own standards in life, I would still fail at living perfectly. But God forbid that I, in any sort of right mind, would use the word of God to pervert the grace of God and justify the sin that I commit against myself, my neighbor or my creator (Romans 6:1).
I see my sins! And that means that I know I’m not perfect; but I believe there is a perfect law, and that law in no way excuses sin (James 1:21-25). God’s law, through the blood of Jesus the Christ, will justify sin that’s been repented of (Luke 13:3-5, Acts 2:38), but God’s law in no way excuses sin (Ephesians 5:1-7). And you would think the clarity of scriptures such as Romans 1:18-32, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 18, Galatians 5:16-21, Ephesians 4:17-24; 5:1-7, Colossians 3:1-11, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-5, 2 Timothy 3:1-7 and 1 Peter 2:9-12 would be enough to convince someone who thinks otherwise to think otherwise (I could have kept going with several more plainly spoken scripture references but if these 67 verses don’t help you to see the truth of the matter, then sadly you’re probably not able to – John 9:25; 39-41). Fact of the matter is, if it weren’t for the scriptures of God that reveals the will of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 1 John 1:7-10; 3:4-7, Psalm 19:8, 119:172) I wouldn’t even know whether I have sinned against God! (Romans 7:7)
Despite the sound line of the afore-mentioned reasoning, there are some in the religious world who find great pleasure in
using twisting the scriptures of God to excuse sin, and great offense at anyone who “dares” to suggest that one can know that another is committing or living in sin. For proof all you have to do is read this story about offended politicians and the comments that followed where homosexuality and the rest of the LGBTQ letters are defended with verses such as the “ole-reliable” Matthew 7:1-2 (judge not that you be not judged…), Matthew 7:12 (the “golden-rule”) and even Matthew 22:37-40 (the first and second commandment).
Believe it or, the Bible (in the New Testament) not only warns and condemns those who commit sin, the Bible actually warns and condemns the supporters and promoters of sinful behavior (1 Timothy 5:22) … even to the extent of sexual sins being specifically noted (Romans 1:25-32). There is no spiritual safety in any attempt to hide our sins through the twisting of God’s word (Genesis 3:6-13). Spiritual safety is only found by allowing the light of God’s grace to reveal our sin and then in turn following that light out of the sin that’s been identified so God can cover those sins through his son (John 3:16-21, Titus 3:3-7, Galatians 3:26-27, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21).
Now, all of this being said, one might be wondering about the title of this post and how I could be so bold in contradicting myself in the manner that I have. Well regardless of what I’ve said up to this point, I still believe that using the scriptures to justify sexual perversion is actually scriptural – it’s just a matter of whether or not being scriptural in this case is a good thing!
* “For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day; as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries.” (Jude 4-8)