The Sin of Tolerance

By: Woody Godbey

I’ve taken excerpts or bits and pieces of a sermon I preached a few years back. I hope it makes sense to you since I can’t give the whole sermon.

Ezekiel 3:18-19 — 18 When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.

In Acts 2 Peter preached a great sermon and he didn’t spare his hearers. He boldly told the 3000 men that they crucified the Lord. 36 “So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!” 37 Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Notice that Peter’s words pierced their hearts! The PC crowd would say something like, you’re going to scar those people and put them on a guilt trip. They were convicted because Peter preached the truth and 3000 men got saved.

Are we that generation who has become so politically correct that we have become tolerant to sin? Are we guilty of turning our heads while friends and family split hell wide open? I’ve never been known for being a meek and mild preacher, so I may be offensive to some this morning. But I know that hundreds and perhaps thousands have been saved under my preaching because I preach on sin but ALWAYS in love. Those of you who know me, know that I love people and it doesn’t matter what color you are, religion you are or what kind of sin you are involved in. If you are living a gay lifestyle, an adulterer or adulteress, a drunkard, a party hound or whatever, I love you. Your sin is not going to keep me from loving you but please do not expect me to stay quiet when I see you going in the wrong direction… (story of washed out bridge ahead, you are headed that way in the dark and rain and I know the bridge is out and you will be killed) Hope you get it, too long to put it all here. But if I’m a friend and I care about you, I will do everything I can to stop you from driving off a 1000 ft drop to the rocky bottom.

You all know the story of Jesus going to Sycar, a city in Samaria where He met the woman at the well. He had told His disciple’s that He MUST go through Samaria. Jew’s would do just about anything to go around Samaria instead of through it, but Jesus said the He had to go. You know why? Because He had to confront a woman in her sin and in return she would stir up a revival.

We talk about the woman who was caught red handed in the act of adultery and many liberals like to use this Scripture out of context to prove their point that Jesus didn’t judge others, and neither should we. But He is the Supreme Judge who will Judge the world and He did judge the woman caught in adultery, but he also judged those who were trying to set Him up. He told the woman to go and sin no more.

John the Baptist and Jesus preached repentance to all audiences and so did Paul, Peter and the other Apostles. It didn’t matter if they were adulterers, adulteress’s gay’s, drunkard’s, etc. Proverbs 27:6 “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” A real friend will tell you of your sin in love and it won’t be in a judgmental spirit. When I say judgmental, I mean a self-righteous spirit. The Apostle Paul knew Timothy had a timid spirit, so he told him to,” reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” If you don’t know what reprove and rebuke mean, look it up.

I remember the tract that had a sinner standing before God who was pronouncing the man’s eternal damnation and the person being judged was looking back at a friend who had blood dripping from his hands and the sinners saying, “Why didn’t you tell me.” We live in a very, very, very liberal age and many loving Christians are being criticized and ostracized because they care enough to tell a friend of their sin.

Please don’t quote Matthew 7:1-5 to me about Judging because you would be taking it out of context. Jesus was talking about the hypocrites not sincere Christians. If I tell my gay friend that his sin is an abomination in the sight of God and give him or her Scripture to prove it and then tell them that God loves them, and that Jesus died to save them but only if they repent and believe, does that make me a judger or a witness? If you said witness, you are 100% correct. Let’s say I have a friend who almost lives a perfect life but has never excepted Christ but thinks he’s going to heaven and I tell him that he is still a sinner and needs to repent and believe, does that make me a judger or a witness?

I sin every single day, probably every single minute. I hope it’s not quite that bad. I have been saved but I still have the sin nature. When I got saved I turned from a life of a manic sinner to a saved person whose sins has been forgiven and covered by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Whenever someone uses the old stand-by, “everybody sin’s” for excuse, they have been deceived by the great deceiver himself, Satan.

What if the woman at the well had said, “I’m not giving up my way of life” or the woman caught in adultery saying, “sorry but I love being an adulteress?” They would have died in their sin’s and gone to hell, but their sin was brought before them and they had the opportunity to repent and be saved. David sinned by committing adultery and murder, but he didn’t get by with it. David became a broken man who confessed his sin and he paid the price for it too. He didn’t parade through the streets saying, I’m an adulterer and I’m coming out of the closet. David was miserable in his sin and so are all genuine Christians. It’s time for those who confess Christ to be bold and tell their lost friend and family members the truth and share the gospel.

Jesus didn’t hesitate or worry about hurting someone’s feelings because He knew their future if they continued in their sin. God said through Isaiah, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” Isaiah 5. But do we do the same thing when we say nothing?!

Read this very carefully and take note of every word. “Not everyone that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23

There is a generation called the millennials who may be like those talked about in Judges 2, “They knew not the Lord.” One thing for certain, they are very tolerant of sin. That of course doesn’t include all millennial’s because I know some who will stand toe to toe with the devil and tell their lost family and friends how the cow eats cabbage when it comes to sin and salvation. We are called to witness and warn the lost.

I had been in church a while when Bro. Don Noble preached a revival meeting and I went forward. My Pastor asked, are you sure you’re not saved? I remember my answer like it was yesterday. I said, “no man could do all the things I have done and say they are saved.” I’m no angel now but praise God I’m saved! God Bless!