John 8:1-11

John 8:1-11

John 8:11Vintage message from our 2002-2003 radio program called “Perspective” aired March 2, 2003.

So often that is where we have our problem: we see people sin, and we fail to look at our own sin…

“Wow, I’ve lived a long time on the face of this planet, and you know what? I should have been stoned a number of times. I deserve to be convicted for my crimes that I’ve committed against humanity.” How often do you find yourself saying those words? Standing in front of a mirror and looking at the heart of God and saying, “God, I deserve to die for my sin. Thank you, Lord, for dying in my place.” See, it is not about whether we should be condemned for our sin. It is simply about us admitting that we have the sin…

I think sometimes we allow emotion and circumstances to overrun us, and I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with a little emotion. I think God gave us emotions for a reason, but I think that God also gave us the ability to reason clearly through our life. We have men and women living in this world today that want to call themselves believers, but do not want to admit that they have sin and issues of sin in their own life. And Jesus would take the time to point out that we do have issues of sin…

If we had people today who would simply admit their lifestyles of sin to Jesus, I think we would have a greater move of God within the church, but see, we have whole churches, organizations, that are set up so that men can feel good about themselves and not have to even admit that they have sin in their life. We don’t want to tell the sinner that they’re a sinner because they might become offended, and if they’re offended then they won’t come back. Well, you know what? Sometimes we have to be offended. We have to be offended with ourselves, and we have to be offended by those that are around us because sin, to God, is offensive, but He doesn’t ask us to go and stone ourselves to death. He asks us to admit it, to be open about it, to let people know that, yes, in fact, I am sinning against God in this way, and I want to be right with God. I don’t want to condemn and judge everybody else around me. And in general, not always but in general, what I see happening is those who have sin in their life are the ones who condemn others the most, and it becomes a vicious cycle. You begin to condemn them, they begin to condemn others, and pretty soon you have a church filled with nothing but condemnation, rather than one where it says, guys, just look into your heart. If you’re without sin, then cast that stone.” But guess what? If you have sin in your life, then put the stones away. Stop judging those that are around you, and start loving those that are around you…

We tell people that their lifestyles are okay, when in fact they are sin. What we need to be doing is saying, “I don’t condemn you for that lifestyle of sin, but it is sin nonetheless, and you need to leave it because Jesus loves you and died for you and would desire to forgive you.” That’s how Jesus would have us approach. Not dragging people into the street because of their sin, not having gossip sessions because of sin, but simply to go to those that we know to be in sin and say, “Brother, I’m a sinner, too. Can we get this right together?” Let’s love one another. Let’s be right with God because of Jesus’s love and forgiveness for us. Let’s begin to look at each other as Jesus did: with eyes of loving forgiveness.

Pastor Dave Elkins