"They Are Christians?"
Coffee With Pat
"Thank God, that as the Bible says in John 3:17, "Jesus did not come into this world to condemn us. He came to give His blood on Calvary, that we might be saved." Pastor Pat Aman
We think it shocking when someone who claims to be a Christian behaves reprehensibly. We wonder whether such a person is truly born again. We think that if the person is a true Christian, he or she is certainly not a very good one.
Sometimes we ourselves are the "someone" who sins, and we are shocked at the shattered image of our presumed godliness. That's hard to face. Paul faced it and drew a conclusion from it. He didn't decide that Christ was no Savior after all. He didn't dismiss as invalid his own conversion experience. Far from it.
He declared: (Romans 7:20-22) 20. "Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. 21. So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22. For in my inner being I delight in God's law"; Paul exonerated himself. Or rather, he came to understand that he had been exonerated.
Completely. The bottom line for Paul was not self-hate. It was not, "Oh, how holy God is and how rotten I am!" Instead, it was "There is now no condemnation for these who are in Christ Jesus." and nothing "in all creation will be able to separates from the love of God. (Romans 8:1 & 39)
1. Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 39. neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Nothing can separate us. It is true that great psychological emotional forces will continue to create barriers and even conflict between us and God. But Scripture likens the believer's union with the Lord to the marriage bond that makes "one flesh" out of two people. We read, "But he who unite himself with the Lord is one with Him in spirit." (I Corinthians 6:17).
That is why we should not accept the thinking of these who set forth self-loathing as a standard for Christians, essentially they tear apart what God has joined together.