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Topic: Breaking the Rules (08/16/04)

TITLE: But what about...?
By gillian liversedge
08/20/04

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We live by grace, right? No rules. Doesn’t the bible itself say that all things are permissible? (! Cor 6:12)

But what about Mrs. Lot? Living in an ungodly city, she had had a difficult night! First, some strangers appeared at the city gate. Her husband gave them shelter, but he really should have known better. Before long, a crowd had gathered outside. “Send out the men,” they called, “We want to have sex with them.” Her husband had replied
“You can’t have them, but you can have my virgin daughters instead if you like!” Mrs. Lot. couldn’t believe it! He was offering her precious daughters! Happily, the strangers themselves intervened, and they all stayed safe that night.

Well, to cut a long story short, the night ended with Lot, Mrs. Lot, and their two daughters being whisked out of the city and told to flee for their lives. The girls’ future husbands thought it all a joke, and stayed behind. They strangers told them to go quickly, and not to look back. That was the only rule!

Well, we all know what happened to Mrs. Lot. She ended up providing salt lick for the local livestock! She broke the rules, and look what happened to her!

I know, I know. I can hear you! She lived in the old covenant. Things were different then. We live by grace. I know.

But what about Ananias and Sapphira….?

(Authors note: please understand that I am fully aware that we are saved totally by the grace of God in sending Jesus. I ask the question because it perplexes me, not because I doubt in any way the saving grace of Jesus.)


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darlene hight08/23/04
Liked the storytelling not sure that I question this but it was well told and entertaining.
Lucian Thompson08/25/04
I, too, enjoyed the story telling, but I don’t get why you are perplexed by it.
L.M. Lee08/26/04
A good question, but Jesus answered this question so beautifully!

Remember when He said, if you even "LOOK" at another woman, you are commiting adultery? If you even "THINK" an angry thought you are guilty of murder.

Grace is the higher law. Grace is motivated by love. Love motivates us to go the extra mile.

Living under the Law is doing the "minimum." Living under Grace is doing the "maximum."

I hope that helps! :-)
Roberta Kittrell08/26/04
Where you have "They strangers", I believe you mean "The strangers."

Mrs. Lot not only disobeyed the messengers sent by God, but she most likely looked back longingly.

A & S were genuinely saved. However, like most of us, they sinned.

In this instance, how they grieved the Holy Spirit.

Too often, the saved (Christians) may do something that will negate any effectiveness that God might have achieved when using them as His Instrument or Vessel. When that happens, there's little need for them to remain on the scene.