The way some people, songwriters and preachers talk, sing and preach about God and His grace, love and mercy – it seems to me that they have totally forgotten about or chosen to ignore the holiness of God. And it also appears that they haven’t read the Book of Revelation, at least not recently. Read this passage from Rev.2 for instance:
Rev.2:18 “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: ‘The words of the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose feet are like burnished bronze. 19 “‘I know your works, your love and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your latter works exceed the first. 20 But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols. 21 I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality. 22 Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works, 23 and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works. 24 But to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not learned what some call the deep things of Satan, to you I say, I do not lay on you any other burden. 25 Only hold fast what you have until I come. 26 The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, 27 and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father. 28 And I will give him the morning star. 29 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
The passage is pretty much self-explanatory, nevertheless I will highlight three main points:
1. The people Jesus was speaking to were Christians (not unbelievers) who were active in ministry and who did demonstrate love (presumably towards God and people). (v.19)
2. They have listened to and were influenced by heretical teaching that led to sexual immorality and lived a compromised Christian life – in particular, one that became overly inclusive and permissive. (v.20 – “she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols”)
3. God will punish both the preachers of unorthodox, heretical, unbiblical doctrines and also their spiritual children, that is, those within the church (Christians) who listened to and practiced these teachings. (vv.22-23)
The warning here is: beware of and flee from every hint of sexual immorality and beware of being too inclusive and permissive – that’s what the world around us wants us to be, and many think it is cool to be inclusive and permissive and when told to restrain, they are too proud to listen, to their own detriment. Do not be wise in your own eyes and do not conform to the pattern of the world, instead be transformed and renewed in your minds by the Word of God. If you do not agree with someone who advises you not to do something, go back to the Word of God and read it for yourself – let God’s Word speak to you and either confirm what the person tells you or you can reject it if it is not biblical. Our God is not merely a God of love, grace and mercy but also one of holiness, purity and judgment.