James 2:10 For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws.
For all truly born again Followers of Christ, He has placed His Holy Spirit in us. One of major things that the Holy Spirit helps us with, is convicting us. Now everyone is different, so I think it’s right to say that I might be convicted of something when my spouse or someone else might not be. Now here I am referring to wrongdoing, sin.
So question, is it possible to not be convicted by sin when it is addressed in God’s Word as being a sin? Here’s an example, movies, music, secular things in our day and age, I felt convicted when I would watch certain movies, listen to certain artists, but should every other Christian be convicted by the same things that I am?
So the big things that I don’t want to see or hear is God’s Name being used in vain (Exodus 20:7 “You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse His name.”) There is hardly a movie out anymore that doesn’t misuse God’s Name, and now it’s to the point where they even use “Jesus.” This is definitely not the only thing to look out for in entertainment, but to a child of God, it should be a pretty big factor.
So at what point do Christians draw the line and say “no” to corrupt entertainment? To music that uses vulgar language, talking about sex and other sins that are here for our pleasure and recreation.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Don’t you realize that those who do wrong WILL NOT inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—NONE OF THESE WILL inherit the Kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:19-21 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life WILL NOT inherit the Kingdom of God.
You can find numerous passages in the Bible of sins that we are warned to stay away from, but I like these two passages for the extras that Paul lists, when it says “that anyone living that sort of life WILL NOT inherit the Kingdom of God.” To me, you can’t help but to cringe a little when you read that, it’s almost as if I can see and hear God saying those words, they are very strong words, a very strong promise.
Back to our headline verse, James 2:10, so is all sin created equal? James tells us that if we have broken one law than we broken them all. Salvation doesn’t come about by upholding the law, it is only by the grace of God that we are saved, and He brings us to Salvation, however, once He does save us He expects us to uphold the law and to not dwell in sin for our own pleasure.