Phil 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.
1 Thess 5:21-22 Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.
Oh how often we say, “I can’t tell when something is right or wrong”, or “I really don’t think such and such is sin”. Well think on this, ANYTHING that puts a blotch on the absolute purity of God is sin. Through the years a lot of us have been given incomplete lists of do’s and don’ts of what is sin and what is not. Again, sin is ANYTHING short of God’s perfection. That means for instance that if I say something disparaging about another person I have sinned. And quite a different example; Corkie Hahn, founder of the Presidential Prayer Team, says that many Christians (???) have withdrawn from the team since January of 2009 because they refuse to pray for Mr. Obama. Friends, that is sin. “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone for kings and all those in authority,” (1 Tim 2:1-2) We tend to pick and choose what we see as sin, but we had better look at The Bible and weigh everything in light of what GOD says. When we begin to trust the Lord and His Word instead of our personal thoughts and preferences we will live free from the bondage of legalism and trying to measure up. “He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant-not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life”.(2 Cor 3:6) No list and no self effort will ever bring contentment or fulfillment. We need to realize that Satan and the demonic world love it when we all follow some list instead of the Word of God for then we are weak and ineffective. If we measure everything against God’s standard and allow Him to direct our every step, then we will know the abundant life He intends for us.