I. Introduction: This is a follow-up to last week’s sermon (https://www.wordsoftruth.net/wecannotlowerstandardofgod_2020.html).
A. Obviously, the major consequence of lowering God’s standard is being lost spiritually (John 5:28-29).
- We know that sin doesn’t bring salvation (I Corinthians 6:9-11).
- All unrighteousness brings about the wrath of God (Romans 1:18).
- It doesn’t take a stack of sins to be lost (James 2:1-13).
- All unrighteousness is sin (I John 5:17).
- Then there are principles of expectations based on abilities (Matthew 25:14-30), matters of conscience, etc. too (Romans 14:23).
II. Body: If We Lower The Standard Of God, We Are Then Perverting His Word (Galatians 1:1-9).
A. You may lower the standard to make yourself feel better about sin, but on the Day of Judgment the standard will be unchanged (John 12:48 and Romans 2:16).
- God’s not changing no matter how much you want Him to (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8, and James 1:17).
- We have hope through His promise of eternal life for those who obey Him (Hebrews 5:8-9 and I John 2:25).
- God’s word is not changing (Psalms 119:89, Matthew 24:35, and I Peter 1:23-25).
- Our salvation comes down to His unchanging word (John 6:63).
- God’s principle is not to move what He puts in place as boundaries (Deuteronomy 19:14 and Proverbs 23:10).
- Your relationship with God is broken (II Chronicles 24:20).
- God’s view of His people change when sin enters the picture (Amos 5:21 and Hebrews 1:8-9).
- You hurt God (Isaiah 63:7-10, Luke 19:41-44, Romans 2:23, Hebrews 6:4-6, and Hebrews 10:26-29).
- Your prayers are hindered (Psalms 66:18, Isaiah 59:1-3, Proverbs 21:13, Proverbs 28:9, John 9:31, and I Peter 3:7-12).
- Brethren become troubled (Romans 9:1-3).
- You have no authority to help a fellow saint that errs (Luke 6:39-42).
- Your sins give an opportunity for the enemies of God to speak evil of Him (II Samuel 12:1-14 and I Timothy 5:11-14).
- Teaching becomes loose and thus creates a false hope that leads to eternal damnation (II Peter 2:17-22).
- The boundaries of fellowship (Ephesians 5:6-11) get extended because no consistent standard exists and that brings consequences (II John 1:9-11).
- With no consistent standard, instability abounds (Ephesians 4:14).
- Evangelists and elders become more authoritative than the word of God because the Scriptures are diminished. Faith needs to be in the Lord, not men (I Corinthians 2:1-5).
III. Conclusion: Do you really want to lower the standard (Revelation 22:14-19)?
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