WHERE IT STARTS

Where It Starts

John Brown, a nineteenth-century Scottish pastor, theologian, and author of several commentaries says:

“The wages of sin is death. Until the condemning sentence is executed, a person is subject to sin, both in its power to condemn and its power to deprave [or exert dominion]. But let the penal consequences be fully endured, let the law’s penalty be fully paid, and the person is at once delivered from sin’s condemning power and its depraving influence or dominion. It’s in this way that all that are in Christ Jesus, all that have been justified by his grace, have died, not in their own persons, but in the person of their surety. They are therefore delivered from the reign of sin—from its power to condemn, and therefore, also from its power to rule in the heart and life.”

You hear considerable criticism of those who condemn sin. They are blasted as judges, narrow-minded, lacking love, and on it goes. Of course, that is possible. But all have sinned (Rom. 3:23) and the wages are spiritual death (Rom. 6:23). The only escape from condemnation and the wrath of God is forgiveness. That is the message of the gospel.

Why should anybody object to the gospel?

Before one will seek forgiveness he must be persuaded he needs it. Until one realizes his doomed condition he will not do what he must do to be saved. He won’t be concerned or even care about it. So the condemnation of sin is necessary to lead people to seek salvation from The Lord.

When someone condemns sin and warns a sinner, he is manifesting great love. He could let the sinner go on his wicked way, die and go to hell without ever knowing he could be saved. Condemning sin is the beginning point on the road to heaven. Rather than criticize those who preach this part of the gospel, we should thank God there are those who will do it.

Some say God hates the sin , but loves the sinner…
Always remember this…God doesn’t cast the sin into hell…the sinner is the one cast into hell if he dies without Christ Jesus, if he dies lost. The lost sinner is cast into the lake of fire…along with his sin…not just sin alone. You can’t just tie up sin on a stick and throw it in the fire. Sin is attached to the person. The only one who is able to seperate the attached sin is Jesus Christ Himself…Thank you Jesus.

Luke 19:10 KJV
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

There is no doubt about it. That in the end Jesus will separate the sheep from the goats…the wheat from the tares…the good fish from the bad fish…the just from the unjust…Jesus says repent and believe the Gospel …or you will all likewise perish. He meant it the first time, but warned them twice…better hear Him.

Luke 13:2-5 KJV
And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? [3] I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. [4] Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? [5] I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Proverbs 6:16-19 KJV

These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

[17] A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

[18] An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

[19] A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

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