There Are No Acceptable Sins
- Date: August 27, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient…” (2 Timothy 2:24)
- From Tongues Of Fire II
I've learned a lot about humility in these last number of years, and it's no longer just doctrine to me. I've learned that meekness is not weakness, and if the body can be brought together, two are better than one. How can we walk together if we're not agreed? It's the only way your marriages can last especially in this hour that we're living in, where everybody's personal agenda is being promoted. The woman's role: "I'm not fulfilling myself; I don't feel fulfilled unless I'm the CEO. I need to go out and get a job and use my talents and fulfill myself." It's not what the Bible teaches. The Bible teaches you to stay at home and train your children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and to keep your home and to support your husband. Some say, "Where is that coming from? This is the 21st Century." Yeah, and this (holding up the Bible) is truth. "In the beginning…" This is the Word of God. For over two thousand years people have been messing everything up. Let's get back to the truth. God's word is true. "Let God be true, but every man a liar." We don't adjust to culture and to era. His Word does not pass away. Heaven and earth will pass, these truths will not pass away. You can't go wrong doing it God's way. In the midst of that we find our positions and we relate to one another accordingly.
When the Scripture speaks of the headship of the man, it very clearly says, "…the head of every man is Christ…" So husbands have no authority that Jesus does not give them. Anything that a man would require of his family that is not the will of God, he has no authority to make those requests. Because his job is to love his wife as Jesus loved the church and to lay his own ego, pride and agenda down, and wash his wife with the water of the Word of God. We are talking about the spirit of this thing. We're talking about hearts changing. We can't just change the way we act, for it's out of the abundance of the heart that these things come.
We are talking about strife, and the fact that what's behind a lot of strife is vainglory. We think we're going to get something out of it personally. We think that it is going to be gain to us. Rather, be ready to lose. When you get in a conflict with a brother and he took your coat, let him have it. Isn't that what Jesus teaches? "That's hard." Yeah, it is. It takes death to self, doesn't it? "I want justice." No, you want your way. "I'm not getting the short end of the stick on this thing." I want to tell you something. Do you want to know who always gets the short end of the stick? Jesus. And so he talks about this need of guarding ourselves against strife, against conflicts, against contentions. Don't get into disputes over things that are not that important. Paul tells us, "And the servant of [God] must not strive; but be gentle unto all men…patient" (2 Timothy 2:24). The Scripture tells us not to strive about words of no profit. Dear God, how many fights do people get in over nothing?
There is no profit except that spirit of vainglory. Some of us will continue on and it will have nothing to do any longer with the point at hand, it has to do with winning the argument. Well, how does that fit in with the spirit of desiring and preferring the other's prosperity and gain? I think there is one thing that we do see in our midst that we allow because it seems not as offensive, including things that are spoken. I think it's kind of interesting that we don't always put a lot of emphasis on them because they are those more "acceptable" sins among us. We would respond to drunkenness, or homosexuality or adultery but these others are not necessarily that offensive. It's kind of interesting that in the lists in Romans 1, and in Ephesians and Galatians, improper speech is just as clearly referred to in those passages of "…they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God" as is fornication, adultery and murder. In Romans 1:28, when it says, "[And God, because] they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind [and let them speak evil]." A man who is controlled by his tongue, controlled with that absolute need of his opinions expressing all the time, defending his agenda as true, is going to suffer those same consequences of depravity that are spoken of in Romans 1. It is not an "acceptable" sin. No! "Let it not be once named among you…" Ephesians 5:3 says. Let's put the label on it that needs to be there - it is sin.