Devo In the Spirit or not
Galatians 5:16-21 (NIV)
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[a] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
I often have people tell me that I am a legalist or under the law. It always amazes me how I see the church use a false doctrine of ‘once saved always saved’ as it is being taught as a license to live in blatant sin. New Testament or Old we are taught not to sin morally, and for these self-proclaimed teachers to teach such a heresy they forget to teach all of God’s word. It clearly states we are not to live in sin and if we do we will not inherit the Kingdom of God. One of these things Paul talks about is sexual immorality. Yet I see churches condone living together. And, believe it or not, sleeping with a prostitute as acceptable behavior for the believer. I like what a pastor friend of mine who used to be second in command as the head witch in the state of New York said. She went out after church with the pastor and church leadership to eat. They were all ordering alcoholic drinks and asked her what she wanted. She wanted no part of them she told them “this is what Jesus took me out of and I will not return to it,” and walked out. Without holiness we will not see God. Let me ask you something, if I shot and killed someone from the pulpit would I be accepted by my church or the world as a man of God? Do you think God is able to make a right judgement? We are not under the Old Covenant law of sacrificing, but we are to live by the moral law. If we fail we can return to the cross, but we are not to live in blatant, intentional sin, or we will not inherent the Kingdom of God. Pastor Jeff Lane
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