|“Culture plays a powerful role in the life of the church, and you can easily mistake the words of God’s servants for the Word of God, when in reality their words contradict the direct word God gave in Scripture.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
”While the people of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the Sabbath day. And the Lord said to Moses, ‘The man shall be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp.'” Numbers 15:32,35
Most people feel that sin is in the consequence rather than the act; God gives commands so that we do not violate the rights of others. Ostensibly extra-marital sex, homosexuality, and divorce all have in common that they produce no negative consequences, and thus cannot be called wrong. For this reason proponents of this philosophy strenuously argue against any connection between AIDS and sex, and between broken homes and children’s problems. For if you can make the connection, you can call the behavior wrong.
This philosophy differs from the Word of God. Sin is in the act rather than the consequence, irrespective of the consequence. Some would argue that the man who gathered wood on the Sabbath was merely redeeming the time and being productive. What negative consequence can you ascribe to such an act? God had the man executed.
The church has its share of those who see sin from the perspective of consequence rather than act. People ignore the commands regarding divorce, engaging in civil litigation with fellow believers, the limits placed on leadership, and a host of other prohibitions, because they see no negative consequences and thus consider the act of disobedience benign. Scripture quite clearly teaches that acts, not consequences, are the litmus tests by which He will judge you. Do not take the philosophy of the world into your walk with God.
Ezekiel 11-13 James 1 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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