For believers we are not under law but under grace. Therefore, our sense of morality doesn’t come from the Law of Moses or any religious law added since. No, it comes by the law of the spirit of life or the spirit of liberty; it comes as we are relationship with the Holy Spirit our coach and friend.
Galatians 5:13 “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”
James 1:25 “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”
The perfect law of liberty
Therefore, we are not lawless or anarchists, but are careful to obey the New Testament in every way, not to earn God’s favour or righteousness but because we stand fully clothed in that righteousness and in the grace of God. To me, as the Apostle Paul said, all things are lawful but not profitable, so therefore if what I do doesn’t honour God or harms by brother or neighbour in any way – then I will not do it. I would add too: if it harms your own body also then it’s wrong.
1 Corinthians 6:12 “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”
This means then, that when people ask me whether I agree with Christian gay marriage I would ask the question: “does it harm anyone?” Of course, the answer would be by – from those promoting it – that it doesn’t. However, the Apostle Paul clearly shows, that in fact there are consequences to pay for homosexual acts as for any permissive sexual act including pornography, adultery and fornication. They are sins against your own body.
Romans 1:27 “And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”
1 Corinthians 6:18 “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.”
The kingdom of God
Consequently, a christian participating in homosexual acts will not inherit the kingdom of God and that kingdom as defined by scripture can be simply defined as righteousness, joy and peace in the Holy Ghost.
1 Corinthians 6:9 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind”
Romans 14:17 “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”
Of course, you may still be saved by the skin of your teeth, but right now you will reap a harvest that is not the Kingdom of God because you are giving the devil permission to ravage your life.
1 Corinthians 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
1 Corinthians 3:15 “If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”
Is it right for a christian to smoke?
It means therefore, that it isn’t legalistic to warn believers that certain kinds of behaviour are harmful just the same as I would warn you to look before you cross the road. For example there is nothing in the New Testament in the Bible about smoking cigarettes so can a believer smoke? My answer would be yes as long as you are not under the power of smoking (addicted) and you can honestly claim its not harming your body. Also have you thought go how your passive smoking is effecting everyone else and depleting your bank account?
1 Corinthians 6:12 “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.“
This is the law of liberty. It isn’t up to me; any other believer; or even the church to make the standards for you but living by the Holy Spirit results in living to a higher standard of holiness than ever the law could engender.
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