In almost all of the churches I have been to, morality has not been a concept that has really been taught or emphasized. And the churches I have been on the whole, conservative. In some churches, these principles are just expected to be known. So in other words, people might *gossip* about such things, but they won’t do things like overtly teach it. What principles am I talking about? Well, those encompassed in the moral law of commandments 5-10 of the Ten commandments. I am talking about issues like extra marital sex, abortion, definition of family, creation and sanctity of life truth and church discipline in such areas.
I have seen church secretaries that are shacking up and homosexual activism permitted in church. It is said that abortions among church-goers are pretty much on par with the unchurched.
Why should it be a concern if moral law is overtly taught? Isn’t that the individual’s homework that they need to seek out?
Church members are supposed to be evangelical, are they not? If you happened to preach to remote tribe of cannibals, would you teach morality, or allow them to discover it on their own? Would you just tell them Jesus loves them but as far as moral conduct to just read and interpret for themselves?
To know that Jesus saved me, don’t I need to know what Jesus saved me from? Don’t I need to know how sin is defined?
To become a Christian, don’t I need to know what the law of God is, so that I can “count the cost” at the beginning? How well do Vegas weddings after drunken flirtations turn out? Being a Christian is a serious thing. It should not be made light of.
Scriptures about Evangelism
Acts 13:47 – For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.
Mark 16:15 – And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
II Thessalonians 2:14 – Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Matthew 5:13 – 15 – Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
I Corinthians 15: 1-2 – Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
So, did Jesus and the disciples speak about morality in their gospel? Did they merely preach that Jesus loved them, or did they teach a better way, a law of life, and why Jesus’ sacrifice was necessary? Did they define what sin was?
Scriptures where Jesus and the Apostles preached about morality.
John 8:11 – She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
Matthew 5:27-32 -Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
Acts 15:19-20 – Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.
Acts 15:18 – For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.
I Thessalonias 4:1-8 – Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.
Is morality important?
I Corinthians 6:9-11 – Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
Does God require us to warn people of specific sins, or to at least teach and explain sin? The book of Ezekiel seems pretty clear.
Ezekiel 3:18-21 – When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.
Indeed, God has a whole chapter in the Bible to talk of the rotten pastors who do not feed the sheep, nor care for them – Ezekiel 34. Let’s compare a couple verses from Psalm 23 to Ezekiel.
The rotten shepherds give the sheep poor pasture and putrid water to drink. This is in great contrast to the Good Shepherd.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.
And as for you, O my flock, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I judge between cattle and cattle, between the rams and the he goats.
Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures? and to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must foul the residue with your feet?
And as for my flock, they eat that which ye have trodden with your feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled with your feet.
As we are taught, we should mentor others in God’s way.