The Dangers Of Comparative Morality

There is a grave danger when we compare ourselves to others as our standard of righteousness. I have seen this scenario play itself out on innumerable occasions, and you probably have too. Here is what happens: You desire to warn a friend about the wrongness and spiritual implications of a sin in their life. They immediately become defensive and make excuses. The response will often indicate that Joe or Jane Doe is a Christian and does something similar or far worse than I ever did. Even if a church leader, pastor, or any professing Christian does something, that does not make it right! They could be in sin themselves, or perhaps they are not even saved. In this case, our standard of righteousness is skewed. Let me illustate: When I walk around our neighborhood I see basketball goals set up at many homes. Some are set lower for small children. I like to think that I could slam dunk at this hoop, but it is set up for their five year old child. My standard is wrong. Then I walk to the next block and observe a net that is regulation height and I can forget about dunking, and I have enough trouble shooting the ball into the net successfully. Our only correct standard of righteousness is God’s directives. If fellow church member Bill has a few beers, and Sam is faithful to his wife but just looks around a little, simply because they are professing Christians does not make it right. Most people, even many professing Christians who have never been saved, are going to hell. Here is the only correct standard: Matthew 7:13-14: “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and MANY there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and NARROW is the way, which leadeth unto life, and FEW there be that find it.” The Bible furthermore warns us in Jude 4b that there are ….”ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness.” In other words, they teach that God gives us a license to sin! God and His Word are our only correct standard, and not fallen man. This is very serious indeed because we are closer to judgment now than when you started reading this devotional. Hebrews 9:27: “And it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”

Blessings, Pastor Steve

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