John on forgiveness

So-called mainline churches are all about forgiveness and inclusiveness. We are supposed to take in all sinners, and forgive them, and treat them as members of our family. I’ve no problem with this, except that many, if not most of those churches leave out one crucial step: confession and repentance.

There is also the problem that sin seems to have taken a long vacation. It does not seem to be much talked about in some church circles, unless it is a sin that may be attributed to political conservatives or a generic, societal sin. Corporate greed, racism, and global warming come to mind. In three words, politically correct sin.

I’ve written on this before (e.g. here, and here), but here is a passage from St. John that summarizes it in God’s terms. Which I would have to credit John with knowing far better than I ever will. From 1 John 1:

5This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

“His word is not in us.” Meaning, we have been separated from Christ, and, therefore, from God. It’s not a good place to be, brothers and sisters.


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