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The Radical Christian and Acceptable Sin

Discussion in '2003 Archive' started by TheOliveBranch, Sep 27, 2003.

  1. TheOliveBranch

    TheOliveBranch New Member

    Jul 17, 2002
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    I have just read an interesting comment in a book about Bible versions, written by David Beale. He states, in commenting about Wyclif and the Lollards:

    "When ministers of the apostate Roman church failed to silence these'Bible men', they used a tactic which has often worked- they falsely identified good men with radicalism and extremism."

    I, also, have just viewed a film entitled "Time Changer" in which a man from the late 1800's had written a book which gave the assertion that if you would tell people of their sins and leave out who said it was sin, that more people would accept their sin as being wrong. Instead, it had given people permission to base sin on whatever level they deemed fit.

    Over the years the church and the people have been loosening their standards. What was deemed sinful in the past is readily accepted as normal for this day, thus, no longer sinful. Do you see a combination of these two thoughts as what the Fundamentalist churches of today are facing?
  2. Pastor Larry

    Pastor Larry <b>Moderator</b>
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    May 4, 2001
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    Interesting concept ... I think it depends on what the "sin" is. Many things forbidden in the past and accepted today by Christians were cultural things. They were preached as biblical even though they were not. For instance, playing cards were usually considered sinful in past generations. Today's generation usually does not consider a deck of playing cards sinful. Some of the older generation lament the toleration of sin, yet have no real biblical reason for it. Same with blue jeans. Many of the older generation here can remember a day when blue jeans were called sinful and rebellious. Today we wear them all the time with no problem. These are "sins" that were someone's personal preference. They were not really sins.

    On the other hand, the light view of real sin is problemmatic. Adultery is often accepted as a mistake rather than condemned as a sin. Rebellion against authority is condoned rather than preached against.

    So the answer to your question is probably yes and no.