And such were some of you

So almost every time I post something I wake up the next morning and remember something I meant to add to the post or wish I would have written. Such is the case with yesterday’s review of The Free Speech Apocalypse and I am glad of it because it gives me the opportunity to expand on the left-out idea a bit more today.

One of the reasons I suggested for why you should see the film is because it shows in live action and colorful language the great Gospel need of our day. I mentioned that what we see in the film is Romans 1 type of hard-hearted, high-handed sin.

It is at this point that we should all remember Paul’s words to the Corinthians: “and such were some of you.”

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
”—1 Corinthians 6:9-11

We are all sinners. The militant Pride marcher and the Sunday School teacher. We were all, at one point, dead in our trespasses and sins. We were all children of wrath. Some of us manifested our sinfulness in many high-handed and perverted ways. For others of us, that high-handed sin existed in us in seed form and would have grown into full, horrible bloom had God not intervened, had grace not interrupted our lives. But all of us started in the same sinful, sinking boat.

So the difference between Christians and the free speech-hating intolerista sexual revolutionaries is that we Christians have received the gifts of repentance and faith. And since we did nothing to earn or deserve such gifts we should feel not one ounce proud of having received them. We make no pats to our own backs.

Rather, we hope and desire for all the poor souls to get off the sinking ship, to receive with gladness the gift of salvation, to join in the song of the redeemed. We welcome them all by the blood of Jesus.

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