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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Some say, "Why can't I live any way I want? After all, God made me this way. God's grace is unconditional and the church is supposed to be a place for broken people, right?" Yes and AMEN! The church is full of sinners. But - and here's the rub - to be saved, to be born again, we need to be repentant sinners. If we preach a "gospel" with no call to repentance, we are preaching something other than the true gospel. If we knowingly turn a blind eye to unconcerned, unrepentant sinners who claim to know Christ, we are deceiving them. If we hear God's word and don't do it, we deceive ourselves (James 1:22). A grace that hasn't changed you has not saved you.

Few things are more important in life then repentance. It's so important that the Gospels and Epistles and the Old Testament make clear that you don't go to heaven without it. Ezekiel said, "Repent and turn from your transgressions" (Ezekiel 18:30). John the Baptist said, "Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matthew 3:2). Jesus said, "Repent and believe in the gospel" (Mark 1:15). No doubt, the church is for broken and imperfect people - broken people who hate what is broken in them and imperfect people who have renounced their sinful imperfections.

Pastor Rod Harris



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