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Sep 22, 2018
|From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham
Q: When I was growing up, couples living together outside of marriage were looked down on. Now it is celebrated in many circles with the excuse that young people want to make sure they are compatible. How have our values gotten so mixed up? — M.S.
We have changed our moral code to fit our behavior instead of changing our behavior to harmonize with God’s moral code. Nothing is “fixed” today. We are not on solid ground; millions of people today shift from one side to the other. They are like misguided missiles filled with energy and ambition, yet talking about being stressed and tired. Why is this? Peer pressure from society is one of the answers. The undue emphasis on violence, sex and the debunking of the home from the world of entertainment, has led many astray. And the church must also take some responsibility for not specifically preaching against these strongholds.
People are morally and spiritually drifting aimlessly, without compass or guide. A few pastors even contemplate that they may need to go back to the beginning and explain to people what sin really is. We do not need a Savior because of what sins we have committed; we need a Savior because we are sinners. God calls on all people to repent and turn from sin. “Whoever confesses and forsakes (sin) will have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)
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