TheFonz wrote:tonyenglish7 wrote:
Yea, I understand now, sure, some sins are morally more reprehensible then others. It becomes even less clear when we as Christians lose our saltiness.
I have not commented on your posts before, but I have been watching your conversaion on this thread, particularly with Scott. I understand your concerns with Scott's comments, and I thought he explained himself well. As a relatively conservative evangelical Christian, I have no issue with Scott's comments.
I am not so sure about your comment here. In previous posts, it seemed as though the context of culture point rubbed you the wrong way. However, your comment about Christians "losing" saltiness seems to refer to the relevance of Christians in their culture.
Can you explain what you meant or give an example?
I was not rubbed the wrong way regarding culture, but we have to define morality based upon the instructions of an unchanging God, not based upon culture. If a culture starts to use a word different from the meaning used by the biblical writer, it is incumbent upon us to remain true to the meaning and push against the changing definition, especially if we are talking about moral instructions.
Some things are cultural and we are instructed to become all things to all men in an effort to win them to Christ. And since we are all under the umbrella of sin, it is sometimes a mute point theoretically. Since all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God, it doesn't follow that we need to push for lower "cultural" standards for sin in an effort to escape.
However, we should not be changing the definition of sin to make it more acceptable to live in sin. As Christians, we are called to be a preservative (salt) to the world. We are the ones that understand the sovereignty of God and the moral imperative that his existence brings. The light is the "good news" but the "good news" is meaningless if the culture is blind about the bad news they are under. However, if we stop telling the truth, we have lost our influence and will be useless. I posted this to Scott but here it is again.
Matthew 5:13 ¶“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.
14 ¶“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.
15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
17 ¶“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
19 Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.