In the modern Church’s desire to fill seats, be relevant, and make Christianity more palatable, has there been a move to cherry pick scripture that is not judgmental or confrontational? There is overt emphasis on God’s love and grace without the balance of his wrath, righteousness and justice. The scale seems inaccurately heavy on one side.
Anyone who receives Christ as Lord must understand that grace came with a huge price, and also comes with responsibility. There is no such thing as cheap grace. God does love us, whether we choose to repent of sin and devote our lives to him or not. He does, however, delineate between how he responds to believers and unbelievers, faithful followers and unfaithful followers.
Proverbs 15:8-9 are pretty clear.
“The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked; but he delights in the prayers of the upright. The Lord detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue godliness”
Unbelievers cannot worship God. They may sing songs and like whatever talk they are hearing, but without repentance and surrender to the requirements of scripture there is no connection available. There is no honor given and no benefit should be expected in the life of one who has not surrendered to Christ.
God even holds those who are his to a standard.
Whoever abandons the right path will be severely disciplined; whoever hates correction will die.” (Proverbs 15:10)
We do unbelievers no favors when we refuse to discuss the requirements of a true relationship with God through the sacrifice of Jesus. We are compromising with sin if we never point out that God hates sin, and will judge and punish the unrepentant. We also do believers no good when we do not discuss God’s requirement for holiness.
In the modern church’s strategy to be “nice” people are relying on feelings and psychology to get people to change their behavior rather than their eternal standing. God has never stopped being holy, righteous, just, sovereign, loving gracious or merciful. We must show people that there is grace, but there are also consequences for actions, decisions and behaviors.
God’s opinion in scripture carries much more weight than our opinions or our attempts to make true Christianity more palatable.