Tuesday, October 10, 2006

EVERYONE IS SUBJECT TO THE LAW OF CHRIST


Richard Mansel has a good article Is Everyone Subject to the Law of Christ. He addresses an important subject because there are many well-meaning, but misguided, Christians who say that only Christians are accountable to the Law of Christ. They don't say that the non-Christians are saved, but only that they are lost for violating unnamed rules of God. This is a little tricky, but one of the effects of this teaching is that it gets the non-Christian around Christ's very strict teaching on marriage, divorce, and
remarriage. Those who put forward this teaching say that the stringent
guidelines found in Matthew 19:1-9 and in other passages are directed
only at those who are Christian. The upshot is that non-Christians who
have been divorced and remarried are sinners in the general sense, but
since they are not especially amenable to Christ's teaching, they do
not commit adultery if they remarry without Scriptural grounds --
because "Scriptural grounds" only applies to the Christian. If the
divorced and remarried non-Christian becomes a Christian, he or she may
remain in the new marriage without repercussions.

Non-Christians are lost for doing what Christians can't do. Neither one is permitted to commit adultery because it is sin. Neither one is permitted to get drunk or lie because it is sin. Neither is permitted to commit homosexual acts because it is sin. A Christian and non-Christian who does such things will not enter the kingdom of heaven. These are things which must be repented of (i.e. turned from and put away) in order to receive Christ's forgiveness. So those who say that non-Christians are not amenable to the Law of Christ are in error.
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God." - 1 Cor. 6:9-11

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your kind words on my article. You are right in your comments that this populist approach to MDR sounds compassionate (and many will like it) but it falls apart under careful examination.

    Richard Mansel

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