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Sexual Sinners and the Obedient Christian – Part IV

Parts I – III are found HERE, HERE & HERE.

Ducks n Elephants“If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck…It’s a DUCK!”

So goes the old saying.

With that in mind we would be wise to expect ducks to act like duck, dogs to act like dogs, and elephants…

You get the idea.

The problem is, many in the Church expect elephants to look, act, and sound like ducks!!!

We’ve probably all seen it happen, and maybe even been guilty ourselves.   A “known sinner” comes into the “target area”…I mean “view”… and someone says:  “I don’t know HOW they could do what they do!  They know better!  TSK.  TSK!

The problem is, we are expecting elephants to act like DUCKS!

We are expecting non-Christians to act like….CHRISTIANS!

How dumb is THAT?

Well, it’s awlfuly dumb, and fairly common (been guilty of it, myself).  It is also a GREAT win for the Enemy, because he has got us “condemning” these folks instead of realizing their real problem: THEY NEED JESUS!

The Obedient Christian has one, and only ONE response to make to a non-believer who is caught in sexual sin: Love them and work to lead them to the Lord!

This may include helping them with their problems/issues, but the true problem is not their sexual sin, it is their separation from God!

We cannot condemn elephants for not walking and quacking like ducks.

We need to introduce them to the life-changing power of Jesus’ blood.  Until their sins are washed by the Blood of Christ, and their hearts are changed, then they will not even understand their sin, much less want to change. (Face it – sexual sin is pretty fun, y’know?)

So, what do we do? Walk up to them and throw a tract at them? Nope.

We need to, as the Spirit leads, establish an relationship with them so we can share the Gospel.  We need to introduce them the Christ.  That may require some new actions and attitudes:

  • We have to always remember the LOVE that Jesus has for them.
  • We might have to hang around them (Mark 2:13-17 applies, here.)
  • We will need prayer partners, covering us, and the sinner(s), in prayer.
  • We will have to be cautious to not fall, ourselves.

It may take time, or it could be a quick encounter.  Each person, and situation is different, but we have to stop judging unbelievers by the standards we use for believers.

It takes our eyes off our mission:

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Matt 28:18-20, NLT

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