The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. – Ezekiel 18:20 ESV
Romans 6:23 puts it simply: For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. (Hebrews 9;22) Blood is not only the symbol of life, it is life; it is what keeps a person alive. God wants us to understand the severity and graveness of our sin and the cost of what it takes to redeem us (buy us back) from our sinful state. He wants us to know that sin’s nature is so depraved that the only way to bring us back to a place of life was for Christ to suffer the bloodiest, the most excruciating, the most graphic death we could think of so that we never lose sight of the wonder of the cross. Blood is the perfect way to display the supreme cost and infinite value of our salvation! As Christians we are called to be DIFFERENT- see Romans 12:2. Think different, Act differently, HOPE differently! Christian, the TIME IS NOW, to ACT like JESUS, not LIKE THE WORLD!
Leader, God tells us to FORGIVE: “If you forgive others the wrongs they have done to you, your Father in heaven will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive the wrongs you have done.” “If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in one day, and each time he comes to you saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.” “And when you stand and pray, forgive anything you may have against anyone, so that your Father in heaven will forgive the wrongs you have done.” “Do not judge others, and God will not judge you; do not condemn others, and God will not condemn you; forgive others, and God will forgive you.” God tells us to LOVE. “Love is long-suffering and kind. It does not envy; does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth: bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8) God tells us we ALL fall short of the GLORY OF GOD! for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:23-24)
Conduit, this whole SOCIAL JUSTICE movement is nothing more than the SOCIAL GOSPEL, resurrected. The SOCIAL GOSPEL was a Protestant Christian intellectual movement that came to prominence in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that sought to apply Christian ethics to social problems such as poverty, slums, poor nutrition and education, alcoholism, crime, and war. These things were emphasized while the doctrines of sin, salvation, heaven and hell, and the future kingdom of God were downplayed. Theologically, the social gospel leaders were overwhelmingly post-millennialist, asserting that Christ’s Second Coming could not happen until humankind rid itself of social evils by human effort. Today, this movement is driven by people who MOCK THE BIBLE and the GOD of the Bible, and yet, many CHRISTIANS are believing they are doing GOD’s work, but it is absent of the GOOD NEWS! Jesus never issued any call for political change, not even by peaceful means. He did not come to earth to be a political or social reformer. The gospel Jesus preached did not have to do with social reform or social justice or political change. Rather than attempt to change governments and institutions, which are made up of people, Jesus came to change people’s hearts and point them to God’s kingdom. He preached the saving power of the gospel and the transforming work of the Holy Spirit. BE LIKE JESUS and NOT THE WORLD! Be about the Father’s business!