There is, and has been, an epidemic of people desiring to make Jesus out to be some piece of clay where they can mold Him into whatever they want Him to be. The issues and methods are as wide as the horizon because people love to think their sins are okay in His eyes. It is much easier to mold Jesus and turn Him into something He is not than confronting their desire to sin. If they confront their desire to sin, then they might stop doing something they like to do, no matter how sinful it is. Some know it is wrong, but keep doing it, like I did. Some try to turn a sinful act into something that isn’t sinful because Jesus didn’t directly confront that particular sin, but there is no way that in their heart of hearts that they think their sins are anything but sins.
Jesus was not here to condemn, but to be merciful. He knew the nature of people to sin, but wanted people to confront their sins and sin no more. A woman about to be stoned for adultery was saved by Jesus from those whose sins would also be punishable by death, which is why He said “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” Did Jesus say to her “It’s okay what you did”? No, He said “Go and sin no more.” Men Jesus healed were told by Him to not sin anymore and they have been forgiven. Forgiven for what? In today’s world those men just might ask Him that because they might have turned Him into a piece of clay too. It would be interesting to see His response. It wouldn’t be pretty.
Of the Old Testament laws, Jesus said expressly that He didn’t come to destroy, but fulfill. His life, death, and resurrection did not obliterate those laws. The harsh punishments for those laws, except those of the violent variety would be changed. Because of His sacrifice, it was time to forgive the sinner.
The apostle Paul reiterated those old laws, saying those who do not abide by them have no place in heaven. 1st Corinthians 6:9-10 “Do you not know that the UNRIGHTEOUS shall not inherit the kingdom of God? BE NOT DECEIVED: neither fornicators, nor idolators, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,” “nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor violent, nor extortioners shall inherit the kingdom of heaven.” The words “abusers of themselves with mankind” in the KJV was the Greek word “αρσενοκοίτης” (ar-sen-ok-OY-teece), which are two Greek words put together, meaning “male cohabitation”. This meant in a sexual way, as the word “αρσενοκοίτης” means a male homosexual in the Greek.
I heard rdiculous notions that Jesus was fine with homosexuality because He never directly spoke out against it, even though He did directly speak against fornication. I even heard one person on some socialist radio program bring up the centurion Jesus spoke with was a homosexual, and Jesus didn’t condemn him. He brought up that the servant that was ill the centurion asked Jesus to heal was “λαίς” (pah-EECE) in the Greek, which means “servant boy”. The centurion showed great faith by saying to Jesus that He can heal his servant without visiting him. He didn’t want Jesus to go too far out of His way. Jesus saw that this centurion displayed great faith in Him, so He was impressed enough to say He hasn’t seen such great faith in Israel as his. The radio show guy said it was common for centurions to have these servant boys basically as sex toys, and this is true because Rome was an ultra-permissive society. That was part of their downfall, but that’s neither here nor there. While it was common, it was not a rule. Not every centurion had a young male sex slave. Here is something that this radio show guy or anyone else spreading this garbage can’t explain away though: that aforementioned adulteress woman Jesus said to sin no more- why didn’t He say the same of the centurion? Whether it is homosexual or simple fornication, it would be a sin if the centurion was having sex with his servant boy, right? So why didn’t Jesus, who knows the hearts of all men, say to the centurion “Sin no more”? Because he wasn’t having sex with his servant. That is the only explanation.
There are sadly going to be many who will be condemned after this life who accept Jesus was the Christ. Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone that says to 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 Your name? And in Your name have cast out devils? And in Your name done many wonderful works?'” “And then I will profess to them, ‘I never accepted you: depart from Me, YOU THAT WORK INIQUITY.'” Iniquity is sin. The will of our Father is not to sin, among other things. These will be the ones who swear up and down they are Christians, but will be condemned forever. Why?
All of these sins listed in the Old Testament and in 1st Corinthians by Paul are forgiveable. In order to be forgiven for them, one must admit to them. If one thinks their sins are not sins at all because they molded Jesus into how they want Him to be, then there can’t be forgiveness. They will wear their sins until they either humble themselves, or they will wear them forever. Jesus is not your piece of clay.