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It Really Is Black Or White

By Don Loftis | 10.12.11

As John introduces the message of his first epistle (I John 1:5), he writes, “This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.”  In a moral context, the Scriptures present light to be good and darkness to be evil.  This contrast is true at all times and in all circumstances.

However, our society wants to live in the “gray areas.”  We often hear of choosing “the lesser of two evils” or living in “changing times.”  Right and wrong are interpreted situationally and individually.

We may be limited in our own insight and judgment.  We may even be blinded by our own desires.  Yet, these personal deficiencies never alter right and wrong.  Profanity is always wrong, as is sexual immorality.  Cheating, lying, hating, lusting, gossiping and such things are always wrong.  Situations may make it difficult to choose correctly, but such difficulties cannot turn black into white.

The Scriptures are clear.  “Flee immorality.” (I Cor. 6:18).  “Abstain from every form of evil.” (I Thess. 5:22).  “But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law…” (Titus 3:9).  “Do not give the devil an opportunity.” (Ephesians 4:27). It is never wrong to do what is right; it is never right to do what is wrong!

 


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