It is by far a more positive and biblical approach to encourage Christians
and church members to be "called to be saints" (Romans 1:7), than to
excuse and rationalize the sins, bad habits, and "abominations" to God of
American churches and church members.  {Please see

I.  "Called to be saints" (Romans 1:7).

Like often in the Bible, Paul and the other Writing Apostles of the Bible
address the books of the New Testament to church members in terms of
"called to be saints".  The very reason excuses for sin and bad habits of
church members today replace the concept and call TO BE SAINTS, is
these same excusers among church members and Christians know there is
far too little righteousness, holiness, and sainthood in their own life and that
of their fellow church members; and furthermore they do not wish that
pressure to be or become more righteous.

Likewise rather than seeing God's blessings on the land and the people in
America today, we are seeing during this time of the Falling Away in our
country an intense series of calamities sent by God since 9/11 like the
Texas Drought in Central Texas.

II.  When You Acknowledge the Habitual Sinners in Your Church, while
true, is only half of the story in the Bible according to the Apostle John
in I John.

1.  It is good that you have the Truth in you about saved sinners in your
church like in I John 1:8.

"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is
not in us."  (I John 1:8)

2.  The other side of the coin, or the rest of the truth, is that the truth is not
in us also if we and our fellow church members habitually commit the same

"We know {would that church members and other Christians today did
know this as the Apostle John and the Word of God taught it
} that
whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of
God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him."  (I John

(1).  The obvious difference of sin here in 5:18 as compared to sin in 1:8 is
the difference between random sin in 1:18 and habitual commitment of the
same sin in 5:18.  
(2).  As a youth in the SBC we had a new, expanded translation of the Bible
called the WUEST EXPANDED TRANSLATION which sheds a lot of light
on I John 5:18 for us as Wuest expands the Greek language of the verse
into a more literal explanation as "keep in the process of habitually sinning
the same sin or sins".

III.  Like Jesus taught in the parable of the physician and the healing,
there can be no revival of righteousness in your life and that of your
church until you face up to the bad habits, sins, and lack of
righteousness in your own life and church.

"Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are
sick.  But go and learn what this means:  'I desire mercy and not
{just a little obedience and change of bad habits must take
the place of a lot of sacrifices of church attendance}
: For I did not
come to call the righteus, but sinners, to repentance."  (Matthew

V.  Without a replacement in your own mindset of this low challenge
and calling of church membership
{anything less than "called to be
, you will continue to associate with and encourage the bad
habits of fellow church members as listed in II Timothy 3:1-8 that
inevitably lead to the Falling Away of II Timothy 4:3,4.

1.  Do not have fellowship with or associate with church members of such
bad habits as those listed in II Timothy 3:1-8.

"For men {and not any men but by the context you know it to be
members of the churches with the use of words like "having a form of
will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters,
proud, blasphemers...unthankful, unholy..."  (II Timothy 3:1-8)

"And from such people turn away!"  (II Timothy 3:1-8)  

{on this subject, please read AVOID THESE CHURCH MEMBERS!}

2.  Every time you excuse and rationalize these bad habits of your fellow
church members, "sins" if you would, you put one more nail in the coffin of
the Falling Away in our country.

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine,but
according to their own desires
{granted the desire of every church
member is that they are right and righteous, that they have all the
answers, and they have the salvation of God in spite of the Bible
teachings on "good figs and bad figs" in the churches and among
God's people:  please see the teachings of Jeremiah among God's
own people in Jeremiah 24 or on
CALAMITIES}, because they have
itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will
turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables."  (II
Timothy 4:3,4)

NOTE:  Yes, church members can and do turn away from truth;
church members will turn away from truth during the Falling Away
before the Second Coming, and that turning away from truth will
include a denial and turning away from these obvious Bible truths on

3.  Such a sinning mindset will keep you turning away from the truth of the
DEN OF THIEVES from Jesus and Jeremiah.
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