|“Nothing in the Bible remotely suggests the idea that we should seek “happiness.” …But there is plenty written about seeking Holiness: “Pursue Holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord…like the Holy One who called you, be Holy your selves in all your behavior.” (Heb. 12:14; I Pet. 1:15) Dwight Hill
Thoughts From The Diary of A Desperate Man
“In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.” Romans 2:16
The force of law is in accountability; if there is no accountability, people consider law negotiable. For example, if the police patrolling the highway go on strike, how fast will you drive? The answer, “As fast as you wish to drive.” The laws are still in the statute books and the signs are visible on the highway, but there are no consequences for violating the law, and thus you take the speed limit “under advisement.” Without accountability the Ten Commandments become the ten suggestions.
There are two tribunals that hold people accountable, the temporal and the eternal. Every person, as an expression of his depravity, believes that he can, in some measure, “beat the system.” In the temporal arena, he may exceed the speed limit (the degree that he does this is determined by his comfort level), purposely misrepresent himself to others, be less than totally honest in a business transaction, etc. They are law-breakers in those areas in which they are reasonably certain they will not get caught. The cleverer a person is, the easier it is for him to conclude that he can “beat the system.”
The second tribunal that holds people accountable is the eternal, the Judgment of God. He “will render to every man according to his deeds.”162
Many Christians, although they believe the Bible, are convinced that grace ameliorates judgment. This means that because of the death of Christ there is no eternal accountability for temporal behavior. If this is true, then in an eternal sense truth is relative. Then all you must do is “beat the temporal system,” for you have already “beaten” the eternal system when you accepted Christ. Remember that the force of law is in accountability. If the grace of God has eliminated eternal judgment, then the commandments of God are optional, and you know that that is contrary to Scripture.
162 Romans 2:6
Judges 19-21 Luke 7:31-50 (New King James Version)
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