We can talk about the love, grace and mercy of God and feel good about our position as His forgiven children, and that would be okay. However, sometimes we need to be reminded about what is going on in the world around us. Why? Because if we don't consider our times, we may tend to blame the problems of our world on our government, the economy, or just a few bad people. Or we may compromise and be a part of the problem instead of being the solution.
With any spiritual discernment at all we can see that there is a renewed “spirit of lawlessness” released upon the earth. Lawlessness is not only an act from the political government whereby laws are passed that are in direction opposition to the laws and character of God, but lawlessness is also a problem within the body of Christ.
It is shocking the state of lawlessness within the body of Christ. Ungodly traditions and feasts of man are spiritualized and elevated over the Word of God or even replacing the Word of God. God’s order of marriage and the family are replaced with the doctrines of demons perverting the Biblical role of sex and marriage resulting in all forms of sexual sins. We have Protestant churches voting to accept homosexual leadership in the pulpit. The national average divorce rate is 65% both outside the Church and within the Church among the Christian faith.
This is not meant to convey a sense of hopelessness, but to make us aware of what is in operation in our world today. Although lawlessness is manifested today in mystery form, one day in the soon prophetic future it will take embodiment in the MAN OF LAWLESSNESS. We can discern this day if we don't stick our heads in the sand and ignore what's going on outside of our four walls, and pray that the eyes of our understanding are opened by the light of the Scriptures.
By way of definition we may say that SIN is the godless attitude of thought, deed, and conversation which manifests itself in disobedience of the commandments of Yahweh the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel. In other words when a person violates one or more of the God’s commandments, then that person is sinning, whether he/she knows it or not. That sin, if left alone, grows like a cancer until it takes over and destroys.
1 John 3:4 ESV Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.
Why did God give us moral laws to follow? Why was the law given if we are to be people of faith and grace? More to come later that will answer these questions.