“8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.
9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.
11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.” Romans 7:8-11
The problem in the church today is unbelief. That unbelief begins at the pulpit and spreads like disease from the pulpit to fill every pew. This is not unbelief in Jesus Christ and Him crucified for Salvation. Praise God, many have believed upon Jesus Christ and His finished work on Calvary’s Cross for Salvation but sadly they do not know how to live for Christ. These same Believers who have believed upon the Lord Jesus Christ for their Salvation do not believe upon the Atonement for their daily living for God. Because of this unbelief, these unbelieving Believers place various religious laws (commandments) by which to abide in order to maintain their “righteousness”. These very laws which are ordained to life bring death as the Believer looks to these laws (methods, philosophies, programs, etc.) as their “schoolmaster” to bring them closer to Christ instead of Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of our faith.
I understand I just said a mouthful but I my purpose is to exhort the unbelieving Believer to believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ and His redeeming work on Calvary’s Cross daily. This is a daily fight of faith, not a one time event. Recognize who is being lifted up from the pulpit and what they have done or must do according to the philosophy proclaimed. If it is not Jesus Christ as the Source and His Cross as the means by which we receive everything from God, which directs ones faith to Jesus Christ, Who HE is and what HE has done, plain and simply it’s another Jesus and another gospel.
“For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2
This is not just a “lingo”, this is life to a thirsty soul that molds the believing Believer into the image of Christ. Precept upon precept, line upon line we begin to walk in the statutes of the Living God by Grace through faith…faith in Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
-Donna Clark Warren