People, it seems, like to put words in God’s mouth. Especially the sort of people who think any mention of sin or judgment or punishment is somehow a distortion of the much vaunted (and greatly appreciated) love of God. This sort likes to maintain that God is happy to tolerate any deviant behavior and just wants people to be happy and live fulfilled (self absorbed) lives.
Evidently such persons have sat at the gnarled feet of Rick Warren or TD Jakes or Joel Osteen. But they haven’t read the Bible.
Διὰ τοῦτο λέγω ὑμῖν, πᾶσα ἁμαρτία καὶ βλασφημία ἀφεθήσεται τοῖς ἀνθρώποις, ἡ δὲ τοῦ πνεύματος βλασφημία οὐκ ἀφεθήσεται. καὶ ὃς ἐὰν εἴπῃ λόγον κατὰ τοῦ υἱοῦ τοῦ ἀνθρώπου, ἀφεθήσεται αὐτῷ· ὃς δ᾽ ἂν εἴπῃ κατὰ τοῦ πνεύματος τοῦ ἁγίου, οὐκ ἀφεθήσεται αὐτῷ οὔτε ἐν τούτῳ τῷ αἰῶνι οὔτε ἐν τῷ μέλλοντι.
Slogans are nice. And they even sound good. Until, of course, you actually look at them and compare them with what Scripture reveals.
Now, to be sure, Scripture has been set aside by many ‘Christians’ who are far more at home in CS Lewis or JRR Tolkein or Oprah Winfrey’s latest book club selection- and glean their ‘spirituality’ from those sorts of sources. But some of us still view Scripture as authoritative for faith and practice. And we aren’t allowed to dismiss it simply to offer slogans aimed at making the unregenerate feel good about their degeneracy.