I’ve Played Golf, But I’m No Golfer!

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

The other day as I was reading through Scripture during my quiet time, my mind took me back to a passage that I had read the day before. This passage is one that I have read many times before, but this time the Lord prompted me to take another look. The passage was found in 1 Corinthians 6 which I have detailed above.

Why this passage? Why does this passage have so much more meaning to me than ever before? Because I believe that our world today is trying to use this text to destroy the testimony of believers and discount Christianity all together. How? By taking this passage completely out of context.

The text says that neither fornicators (those who have sexual relationships outside of marriage), idolaters (those who put anything above God), adulterers (those who have a sexual relationship outside of their marriage), homosexuals (those who have same sex relationships), sodomites (those who engage in sodomy), thieves (those who steal), covetous (those who desire to possess what others have), drunkards (those who are habitually drunk), revilers (those who speak abusively), nor extortioners (those who take from others by use of their power) will inherit the kingdom of God. Pretty straight forward right? Yes, as long as things are kept in context!

Lets just take the first person that the text talks about here. Fornicator is a noun, and a noun refers to a person, place, or thing, and in this case, it refers to a person. So in other words, a fornicator is a person who has taken on the identity of someone who frequently commits fornication.

Fornicator = Noun   /   Fornicate = Verb

Years ago, I was a golfer. When I was in high school, I played everyday that I could. I thought about golf often, I planned my rounds, and I looked forward to the next time that I could play. I was a golfer, people knew that about me, and that became part of my identity. Today, I’m not a golfer. Since I was in high school my lifestyle has changed, my priorities have changed, and I no longer have the desire to play golf. I could go out today, play nine holes of golf, and still not be considered a golfer. Why? Because that’s no longer my identity and it’s no longer my desire. If I did go play, it would only be because someone talked me into it and I would quickly snap back to my senses after playing my all time worst round.

Golfer = Noun   /   Golfing = Verb

The act of someone committing a sin doesn’t make that sin their identity any more than the act of me playing golf makes me a golfer. There is a difference, and in the area of sin, that difference is the awareness of conviction. God will convict you when you sin. You either hear him or you don’t. Jesus is very clear in John 8:46.  He says that if you hear the Holy Spirit convicting you then you are of God, and if you do not, then you’re not.

So much of society today tries to paint Christians who speak “truth” as haters. They try to discredit our plea’s to turn to Christ and our warnings that heaven and hell are for real, with the argument that everyone sins so we shouldn’t be pointing fingers.

I’ll say this. I do sin, I have always sinned, and I am a sinner. Today, and everyday since I was twenty-one years old, I wake up caught in a spiritual battle of what’s right and wrong. Not in the world’s eyes, but in God’s eyes. Everyday I’m tempted by what the world has to offer. But I also hear the voice of the Holy Spirit countering those temptations. Sometimes, the world has a temporary victory, but it doesn’t take long for the Spirit to convict my heart of where I failed. I am a child of God, and I can never again be comfortable in my sin.

So what about you? Where do you struggle? Is it in one of the area’s talked about in 1 Corinthians 6, or is it another area? Do you frequently and habitually commit that sin? Do you hide that sin, look forward to that sin, and even plan that sin? Has that sin become who you are? Maybe not to the world, but to a God who sees all and knows all? If so, then you may need to take a long hard look at your salvation. Maybe you’re in agreement that you’re NOT a child of God and you’d like to get that taken care of right now. Maybe right now you’re confused. You may remember a time when you said a prayer, walked an isle, and went through the motions, but I tell you, those things will not make you a child of God!

When you truly give your life to Christ several things happen.

  1. You are a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17 clearly states that “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
  2. You’ll never be comfortable in your sin again.
  3. You will begin the process of changing your identity and those things that once defined you will now be who you once were.

Much of society today says that we should love everyone for who they are and just accept their sin. Many even invoke the name of Jesus into their argument stating that Jesus taught love. This is a perversion of the scripture and should be corrected whenever it’s exposed. Jesus did teach love, but he also warned about judgement.

Love is coming alongside someone and pointing them to Christ through scripture, not accepting them for who they are just because we all sin. One will lead to that person’s eternity in Heaven while the other will lead to their eternity in Hell separated from a loving God.

If you’re sitting there right now, and you understand that you are a sinner in need of a Savior, then I beg you to nail down your salvation today!  Call a local church and let them know that you’d like to give your life to Christ.  You can even call the Billy Graham Telephone Ministry from 8:30AM – 11:00PM EST at 1-877-247-2426 and they’ll be happy to walk you thru the Steps to Peace With God.  Either way, I hope that you understand that this blog is rooted in love.

We are ALL sinners in NEED of a Savior!  Trust Jesus TODAY!

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