In the landscape of American Christendom, there is an argument whose basic position is that some sins are acceptable contingent upon others sins being ignored. Such contingently acceptable sins are often argued for in light of Christian divorce and the acceptability of a “Christian” homosexual lifestyle, namely, same-sex marriage. While the church body in general may not be as careful with divorce as she should be, in no way does going light on one sin open the door to accept another.

The sin of an unbiblical divorce is not a welcome mat for that of same-sex marriage.

Ironically, those who advocate for contingently acceptable sins turn the the famous “do not judge” Scripture in Matthew 7 on its head. As verse 5 states, “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye” (ESV).

Those arguing for same-sex marriage in light of Christian divorce are in essence saying: You all have the log of unbiblical divorce in your eye so I’m going to put a speck in my own eye to excuse another sin – same-sex marriage. They are using one sin to wrongly judge another sin as acceptable. They are actually removing their grounds for righteous judgement because they are promoting more sin.

Scripture does not say that an unrighteous person will inherit the kingdom of God as long as there is another who is more unrighteous. If such were the case, Hitler would be the scapegoat whereby everyone would get a pass into God’s kingdom.

Instead, Scripture warns:

“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 Cor. 6b:9-11 ESV).

The church can do a better job of calling out every sin in those above verses (and others), not just the ones some are trying to push as acceptable. Truth is, there is no such thing as contingently acceptable sins.

Grace and peace,

Mark

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