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Friday, June 30, 2006

Two important facts

While I was in seminary, we took a class called Pastoral ethics. It was a great class that really made you think about what was right and what was wrong. It challenged us to learn to walk the line, but not to cross it.

One of the subjects we covered in the class discussed lying so you wouldn’t hurt somebody. This dicussion brings up the question, "when is a lie OK?" Is a lie ever OK?

Proverbs 6:12-19"There are six things the Lord hates ' a false witness who pours out lies '" (vv.16, 19)

What if someone came to your house to murder a member of your family and asked if that person was in? Would it not be right to lie in such circumstances?

The "situational ethics" people would say "Yes." The Bible, in my opinion, says, "No." This may seem harsh, but hear me out.

Situational ethics is notorious for coming up with hypothetical situations in which a person must sin because that is what ought to be done. But once we view sin as a "must" and an "ought," we’re finished. This is just the wrong way to think.

A Christian view of ethics rejects every constructed situation which the situational ethics people make up because it fails to take into account two important biblical facts.

First - God's sovereignty. God will always make a way for His people to avoid sinning. We have to stop testing God on a situation that "might" happen.

Second - the Holy Spirit's power. The believer is encouraged not to worry about what to say in difficult situations. "At that time you will be given what to say" (Matt. 10:19). Also, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding" (Prov. 3:5).

God isn’t ignorant or stupid. He didn’t fail to see that sometimes His laws would seem to contradict one another. He knew full well that there would be occasions when it might seem OK from a human point of view to disobey one of His commandments, therefore His promise to us in 1 Corinthians 10:13. Those who try to excuse the breaking of any of God's moral laws on the pretext that it feels "right" or seems "good" sow the seeds of disruption in their own inner being. It is not the way of wisdom.

Praying that we all SEE the truth
Pastor Mike

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You're not shy. You're "conversationally selective."

You don't talk a lot. You're just "abundantly verbal."


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