Tolerance for sin takes root by degrees. First of all, it usually starts with mushy sentimentalism, and a proclivity to put “love” as a supreme virtue with little regard for God’s truth and His justice. Love, without ANY foundation in God’s truth, has been the greatest form of evil to enter our sacred sanctuaries. Sentimentalism, and that ‘ah, shucks, he’s just a great guy/gal, give em a break, kind of attitude,’ will soon rip the very moorings from our churches. Tolerance for the smallest of sins, even, is simply a foolhardy way to live ones life. It always has devastating consequences, and rightly so.
I am reminded of an article I read concerning the building of the Great Wall of China. It was said that the slaves who worked to build this monumental fortress, had to sift every ounce of dirt by hand, because if ONE SEED were to be found among the dirt, and if it germinated within the wall, the integrity of the entire structure would be at risk. I thought this was a great illustration of how ONE SEED of sin can totally compromise and put our footing on shaky ground. This was certainly indicative of Adam’s fall into sin, and the resultant change of our natures.
God’s absolutes and non-negotiable truths are the very rocks we have to stand on; unlike the shifting sand of those who makeup the “moral” majority, who will always cry foul if you squeeze them a bit too hard, while they play in the vomit of their pet sins. If we have the mind of Christ, we not only cannot stand the stench of our own sins, but we HATE the very sins of others, which are responsible for leading “them” (precious souls that they are) into a pit that has no egress. That is why hating sin has such virtue and promise, and has the potential of such great reward. If we care enough to sound the alarm and be the watchman on the wall, we help alert others to the grave truth about damnation and eternal hell fire. The MOST LOVING THING that we can do is tell someone that God ABHORS sin; that sin is a stench in His nostrils, and that the unrighteous will NOT inherit His kingdom. But the good news is God has made a way of escape through His precious Son, Jesus Christ.
Should we let the idolater/liar/drunkard/fornicator etc, continue to believe that it is fine to daily practice their pet sins? That God has got their backs in spite of their stubborn, relentless rebellion. I believe that the faith that justifies is also the same faith that sanctifies (a quick summation of Lordship Salvation, eh?). This is the TRUE and acceptable doctrine of the Reformed Theology. And if we enter a church thinking that God winks and looks askance at our sins, and it is fine to straddle the fence and frolic in the playground of evil, without any thought of repentance, we’ve entered by the wrong gate, folks. That would be the wide gate that leads to destruction.
People honestly need a good dose of the total depravity of man, and the ABSOLUTE purity and holiness of God; this is where the light begins to shine in the dark recesses of our depraved hearts. And since God is righteous, all His dealings with man are done in righteousness. Man does not get to decide what is fair and just, only God has a right to do that, because He is holy, good, pure, and without spot or blemish. Only a being such as this can fairly and equitably dispense justice. “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right (Gen 18:25)?” We are fallen creatures, who deserve only God’s wrath, we have no claim to our next meal, our next breath, or our next sentence, and we deserve and are owed nothing good in this life or the eternal life to come.
The reason I came across strong with my language concerning this woman priest, is because she misrepresents a holy and just God, who will not be mocked. (As a woman she should not even be in the pulpit in the first place) She has no reverence for the holy God of the Bible, or respect for His perfect Word, which denounces her rebellion in NO uncertain terms. People like her have not peered deep into the dark, bottomless pit, of their own depravity; they have not believed in, or trusted in, a God of “purer” eyes, who CANNOT behold evil; they have not savored the sweetness of the Lord’s tender mercies, or cried with the seraphim’s, singing “Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory (Isa 6:3).”
If you love God’s holiness and purity—you WILL be transformed into His likeness.
Sexual perversions are a particularly grievous sin to God, as it defiles our bodies, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit. I make no apologies for any of my statements. Sexual perversions are an abomination to the Lord, just like lying, stealing, cheating and many other sins are. May God have mercy on all of us.