James 4:16 says, “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”
Here are some examples of “the good we ought to do”:
More time in prayer, personally and corporately.
The body of Christ working together, focused on making disciples.
Respecting our Elders.
Responding to instruction with gentleness.
Humbly accepting God’s Word.
Loving people until it absolutely ruins us.
But, the truth is, we’re way more interested in justifying ourselves.
Because no one wants a service where we’d “just pray.”
We all know that our ministry teams are the best ones.
Our Elders? I could do a better job than them.
You can’t tell me what sin is.
God’s Word? A little outdated, isn’t it?
I’d rather hold on to my black and white rules.
The church of the New Testament and the church of 21st century America are at odds. There is tension. And I think that the church of 21st century America needs to be on their collective faces in repentance.