Its interesting how Preachers who are giving us an interpretation of God’s Word and his Will for us, are treated as a god and if they are involved in a fault, the public & the media attacks, their character, their lives and demeans them through mass communicative means. Yet those who declare and live a lifestyle of anything that’s demoralizing, ‘sinful’, and or unethical, no one attacks them. In fact, they are revered and spread by the media as business successes, like Hugh “Hef” Heffner.
Read from his own site at playboy enterprises: Frequently interviewed by major news and entertainment media the world over, Hefner was the subject of a 2003 A&E special, Playboy’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, a star-studded two-hour event filmed at the Playboy Mansion featuring live music, comedy performances and interviews. Hefner was also profiled in a two-hour special, Hugh Hefner: American Playboy, as part of A&E’s prestigious Biography series in 1996. That program was so well received that it was repeated in its entirety on the network only three months after its original airing.
Many preachers who have also done well financially, are not treated like Mr. Heffner, but shot down as false preachers, deceitful, deal with devil makers, etc. Of course, I am not saying all preachers are true deliverers and worshipers of the one and only Lord and Creator of all we see, but we should know them by their fruit. Its just interesting to see how deeply and quickly they are crucified by the people, while they allow lovers of the carnal to go unchallenged.
This is what I hear from many immature Christians & non-believers who excuse some type of behavior. Let me bring to your attention how saying this response is untrue for the believer of Christ. We should no longer say this to permit actions contrary to our new called lifestyle.
In Romans 8, Paul addresses the new status of the Christian, who is not supposed to be living and thinking as the world does. Verse 5 says For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. So first, we change our minds to reflect the thoughts and deeds of Spiritual things and not fleshly (human) things. Its goes on in verse 9 & 10 to say But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
So Christians cannot think in flesh/human terms since that nature is contrary to the Spirit God has given us. And since we died with Christ and rose again with Him, we also died to our sins, passions, flesh, and now live in the Spirit. Finally verse 13 tells us the consequence of not living after the Spirit: For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
I challenge those who say that they are human to justify their actions, to realize the Christ has already justified us and to change your mind & words on who you are: Spirit!