A Question for You

Posted in Uncategorized by Stephen Stonestreet on May 15, 2009

Yet another verse is flowing in and out of my mind consistently. 


Whatever is not of faith is sin.

Romans 14:23


I know what sin is, and I know what it is to put faith in Jesus Christ, but what is not of faith?

Is everything but necessity sin?

Is everything extra, that we add to our lives that doesn’t include faith, sin?

Or is Paul talking about the law, and how faith comes without (separate) from the law, because the law was put in place as a curse as a result of sin…

What do you think this means?



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  1. Laura said, on May 15, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    I don’t know whether he is talking about the law or not.
    But what is not a necessity is not always sin.
    Getting married, for example. Or having kids. Or going on a roadtrip.
    They are not necessary for thriving in Jesus Christ, but He can use those extra things to bless others, if not only yourself. You could marry in holiness, bring up children of God, or travel as a missionary–even do all of these things. Out of the extra things may come extraordinary blessings when they are completely devoted to God.
    That is not to say that it is impossible to sin while doing these things; it is just that these things are not necessarily sinful in and of themselves.
    Although, these which I listed aren’t exactly separate from the faith unless you make it separate from the faith…afterall, what else can you do, if you’re called to live for God, but to live for God? Because undoubtedly, everything that is not of God is…well, not of God, and is therefore sin.

    That is what I think.
    I dunno if that’s answering the question or not, hehe. :)

  2. Brittany Ledbetter said, on May 17, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Fear is not of faith. Neither is pride.

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