People these days are used to sugarcoat almost anything. You see it in the news, you see it in advertising, and worst of all, you also see it in the church.
It is so common these days that we don’t even recognise it anymore. Let me give you an example of sugarcoated news.
In the news was spoken of “sex with underaged woman”.
When we hear it like that, it doesn’t sound that bad, does it?
But what if it was called what it really is: “child abuse” or better still “raping children”? Would that make us think differently about it?
For that was what really was going on!
For isn’t an “underaged women”, a girl, or a child;
and isn’t “nonconsensual sex”, rape?
In all kinds of ways, people try to make things look less bad, as they really are. And my experience is, that when you say how it is, when you tell people plain truth, they don’t want to hear that, and soon they will close the door to you, or chase you away.
Let me give you just one example from inside the churches.
God said: Be holy, for I am holy!
Read for yourself.
⁴⁴For I am the Lord your God. CONSECRATE YOURSELVES therefore, and BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY. And you shall not make yourselves unclean with any of the swarming things that swarm on the earth. ⁴⁵For I am the Lord who brought you up from the land of Egypt to be your God; thus YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.'”
You shall CONSECRATE YOURSELVES therefore and BE HOLY, FOR I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD.
Thus you are to BE HOLY to Me, FOR I THE LORD AM HOLY; and I have set you apart from the peoples to be Mine.
Remember to do all My commandments and BE HOLY TO YOUR GOD.
He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would BE HOLY AND BLAMELESS before Him.
That He might present to Himself the church IN ALL HER GLORY, having NO SPOT OR WRINKLE or any such thing; but that she would be HOLY AND BLAMELESS.
1 Peter 1:15-16
¹⁵But like the Holy One who called you, BE HOLY yourselves also in all your behavior; ¹⁶because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”
I think these verses make it clear enough that God wants us to live a HOLY life.
But people sugarcoat it for themselves when they say “I am not that holy, but I’m still okay”, my reaction then is “You mean to say: ‘I’m living an unholy life, and don’t live like God wants me to live’ and you think God finds that okay?”
I heard someone say: “I’m not a sinner, I just don’t keep the law so strictly”. But are you not a sinner when you trespass God’s laws?
And also I hear people say: “I don’t have to live a holy life, for I’m saved, and once saved, means saved forever!”
Listen carefully: Being saved doesn’t mean that you can now live, as if you were the devil himself! This is foolishness!
To me they are like people who cannot swim, and fell into the river. They almost drowned but were saved. As soon as they felt okay again, they jumped back into the river, because they were already saved.
This second time they may indeed drown. They needed to be saved, but before going back into the water they also needed a change of attitude to the water, and they needed to learn how to swim.
When you are saved by the Christ you cannot continue to live like you did before, your attitude towards this world has to change, and you have to learn from the Bible how you can be in this world and still live.
To go short, that is not by joining in with their sinful practices again. And it is also not by sugarcoating facts.
Sugarcoating facts is only done to make you feel less bad.
But that doesn’t change anything to the evil character of sin.
I call on you to stay as close to God as you possibly can.