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Bethesda Shalom

Bethesda Shalom , "House of Mercy and Peace". A small independent Bible believing Church located in Wolverhampton, England; endeavouring to hold fast to truth and stand fast in love by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Jul 9, 2018

Ephesians 5:1-17

It appears that sermons on sin are about as popular as snails on toast!  Yet Brethren, it ought not to be; a simple shift in geographical locale make’s a world of difference.  You see...snails for the French are what Yorkshire Puddings are for us Brits; they love the former and we love the latter.  Had we been bought up in the suburbs of Lyon or Paris, then we too most likely would have been eating those slippery fellows and loving every minute of it!  The place of our birth matters!!  What used to be our finest delicacy by reason of us being born into this world, is now our most detested by reason of us being born-again.  That which we once detested, we now love.  Light and darkness; good and evil; righteousness and sin.  Sin ought to be for the Christian what snails are to the Brits; disgusting, vulgar; sickening!! 

As Christians, we cannot have it both ways; either we are Christians given to holiness or sinners given to sin!!  This idea that a Christian is a sinning Saint in limbo cannot be found in the New Testament and is a great deception that has served to comfort many a professor of religion in their sin and give impetus for them to continue in this way untroubled.  However, when one opens the New Testament, such faulty reasoning is blown to smithereens and the safety net of false hope is cut down.  Will we not face this verse honestly and ask ourselves this questions; what door of sin have we left open in our lives?  What besetting sin are we still making allowances for?