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But everyone’s doing it

Pastor Kristi Rhodes

Hillcrest Community Church 

Cedar Springs

Have you ever struggled with your environment? I mean, when corruption and every conceivable sin seems to surround you, have you felt pressured to adapt by just joining in? Are you having a hard time giving up old, sinful ways? Sometimes the struggle is real! 

Often, we’re tempted to believe that things have never been as bad as they are right now. But, that’s not true. If you don’t believe me, then believe what God said in Ecclesiastes 1:9: “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”

Many of the things we face today were issues in the first century church, too. The Corinthian church was being undermined by corruption, legalism, immorality, and spiritual immaturity.  Believers were being tested amid their immoral environment, and some were failing the test. The letter Paul wrote them to address their struggles is still relevant to us today.

Paul received a report of uncorrected sexual sin among the Christians. The people had grown indifferent to immorality. Others had misconceptions about marriage. Paul told the Christians that we are to live morally, keeping our bodies for God’s service at all times. We must never compromise with sinful ideas and practices and should not blend in with people around us.  God has called us out of the darkness and into His marvelous light, (1 Peter 2:9). We must live up to God’s standard of morality and not condone immoral behavior among the Christians, even when society accepts it.

In a permissive society, Christians will be especially tempted to overlook or tolerate many immoral behaviors while remaining outraged at others. We must not participate in sin or condone it in any way, nor should we be selective about what we condemn or excuse. We may find it difficult to avoid the more “acceptable” forms of sin, but the Corinthians had the same struggle. God expects his followers in any age, (past, present and future) to have His high standards.

I’ve heard it said that opportunity comes knocking at the door, but temptation leans on the doorbell. However, believers can disconnect the doorbell and send the devil running!

As believers, when we humble ourselves before God, we have the power through the Holy Spirit to resist the devil and he will flee from us (James 4:7). We are no longer slaves to sin, (Romans 6:6).  Sin shall no longer be your master, (Romans 6:14). So, you are no longer a slave to sin, but God’s child; (Gal. 4:7). But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life (Rom. 6:22). Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.  In Christ, you do have the power to resist! Be blessed!

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