- If we accept this and repent of our sin
and put our faith in Christ, our sins are covered by the Blood of Christ.
- If we reject Christ, then we must pay
the price for our own sin.
God could not simply forgive us without somebody paying
the price as God would be nullifying his own law or making himself
How would you feel if the person who ruthlessly murdered
your son or daughter was simply let off by the Judge because he said
If we get a parking ticket or a speeding ticket, it
doesn't matter how many times we park the car properly or drive under the speed
that; we still have to pay the ticket.
It is the same with God but the
punishment is death.
It doesn't matter who pays the price so long as the
penalty is paid and the offender stops doing the wrong thing.
We have all sinned and so we have all fallen short of
the Glory of God
The punishment for sin is death.
See God's Law
Jesus came and paid the price for us. All we have
to do is repent and look to Him for our Salvation and we shall receive the
gift of eternal life.
On the other hand, how should we as
stewards of God's Grace treat our fellow man when he sins?
The Bible says: "Forgive and You will be Forgiven"
"Judge and you will be Judged" "Do to others as you would have them
do unto You"
What's more, the Bible says "if we do not forgive, we
will not be forgiven"
There is the parable of the unmerciful servant who was
forgiven his debt but did not forgive those indebted to him - He was
thrown in Jail
God's Law vs Man's Law
Just because God lets us off when we break his law
(provided we are covered by Christ's precious blood) it does not mean that
we will escape man's punishment.
As Christians, we still must suffer the consequences of
breaking man's laws.
Off course, we may get a lighter sentence if we are
remorseful and demonstrate true repentance. There may be
ameliorating factors. The victim may choose not to press charges. There may be obligatory sentencing.
Often we may break God's law without
breaking Man's Law
Man's law is limited to what can be proven but God knows
Sin and Abuse are very similar.
When we abuse somebody we are committing
This includes violence, spouse abuse,
child abuse and rape which are also against Man's Law.
(Strictly speaking though, sin is to disobey God)
Sin usually results in us abusing somebody, somehow, be it
ourselves, others or God.
Some types of abuse are hard to prove and some are not
even against Man's law.
For example, emotional abuse, swearing, taking people
for granted, being lazy & not pulling your weight, adultery, homosexuality, idolatry, fornication, being
domineering or controlling, selfishness, pride, arrogance, being unforgiving and hating one another
God, however, knows our heart and our motives and the
things that we do in secret.
See Sexual Sin
God's law is unchanging
Man's laws can change from one day to the next
God's laws usually don't contravene Man's
laws where there is freedom of Religion
If there was a conflict between God's law and Man's law, a Christian would be advised
to keep God's Law
It would be better to go to Jail than to rot in Hell
God's Laws are higher than Man's Laws
Should we forgive sinners if
Should we invite thieves,
murderers, adulterers, homosexuals, divorcees, child abusers and spouse abusers
into the church?
What if they are still living
What if they are in trouble
with the law?
How will they hear the Gospel
What if somebody is
still Living in sin?
How will somebody hear the gospel if we reject them or
fail to invite them to Church?
What if your brother
The Bible tells us not to associate with a Brother
who is sexually immoral, divisive or an idolater
What if somebody is in
trouble with the law?
If somebody is in trouble with the law, it should not
stop you ministering to them and showing kindness and love to them by
accepting and not rejecting them if they are repentant.
If they have committed a crime and if they are hiding from the Law, you may
become an accessory after the fact if you knowingly help them. Eg Child Abuse
If we do not want to suffer the punishment of Man, we
must respect man's laws.
We must not harbor or aid and abet fleeing criminals.
If a criminal comes to us and confesses and repents, we
should not help them while they are hiding from the Law, knowing this to
be the situation.
If they subject themselves to man's righteous laws by
handing themselves in, then we as Christians should extend a hand of love
and kindness and help those who genuinely repent.
If somebody has been to jail and paid for
their offense and no longer have any issues with the law, then we should
accept them if they have repented.
Remember, perfect love
casts out all fear.
We should not be those
who are motivated by fear but our actions should be motivated by love.
It takes a lot of Love
to forgive some people and it is sometimes hard not to fear.
Just remember the
parable of the unmerciful servant