Recently I posted a controversial heading that said “If you preach against sin; your guilty of preaching a false gospel.” In it I made the point that the centrality of our preaching is to be the forgiveness of sins and the forgiver of our sins and not against sin.
Today I want to explore this a little further;
2Co 5:21 God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that God’s righteousness would be produced in us.
We need to be so careful in how we preach against sin; for Christ who knew no sin became sin, so that God’s righteousness will be produced in us. We need to be careful as to how we preach about and against sin; because in doing so, we may find ourselves preaching against Christ.
If your motivation is to make someone feel guilty… be careful! If your motivation is to manipulate another – be careful! If your motivation is to make you feel better about yourself – be careful! If your motivation is coming out of self righteousness – be careful! If your motivation is really one of gossip – be careful! If your motivation is one of bitterness and un-forgiveness – be careful!
Be careful how you do this; because in doing so, you could be actually pointing the finger at Christ who became sin on for every sinner – which means of course, you and me. How great a gift it is it, that Christ who knew no sin, became sin so that we who do know sin, may become right with God. This righteousness with God is not because of what we do or don’t do; rather its because of what Christ has completely done on our behalf.