Why the Project?
In late Nov 2018 while on the ‘Domenick Nati Show’, Grammy-nominated and contemporary Christian singer Lauren Daigle was asked on iHeart radio about her stance on homosexuality. Nati wanted to know whether Daigle considered homosexuality a sin.
Daigle replied, “I cannot honestly answer on that, in the sense of I have too many people that I love and they are homosexuals. I can’t say one way or the other. I am not God. When people ask questions like that, I just say, ‘Read the Bible and find out for yourself. And when you find out, let me know because I’m learning too.’”
Daigle, incidentally, also performed earlier on the popular ‘The Ellen Degeneres Show’; Ellen Degeneres is a known lesbian. Daigle is not the first person who feels this way. Many Christians share the same opinion.
Another Christian contact, a leader of a neighborhood community church, wrote in his blog, “It is a lie that God has condemned the LGBTQ community to hell unless they change. If you are one of God’s beautiful rainbow children, then I need to tell you this: God’s plan for you is not hell. He does not hate you. He is not demanding you to change. He is simply saying come. I love you. You are accepted. You’re a child of God.”
Meanwhile, in 2016, America’s Ligonier Ministries teamed up with LifeWay Research, the research arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, and published a poll about what are the theological beliefs of Americans, having completed a similar survey in 2014.
In their extensive study, they asked 3,000 Americans on forty-seven questions relating to their beliefs about God, sin, salvation, heaven and hell, the church, and the Bible. They called this report, the State of Theology.
Some of their key findings were rather interesting. Like, for example, 46 percent of self-identified evangelicals agree or somewhat agree with the statement that ‘God accepts the worship of all religions including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam’. Or that 50 percent of those surveyed actually agreed with the statement, ‘An individual must contribute his or her own effort for personal salvation’, up from 40 percent in 2014.
The summarized analysis of researchers concluded that ‘Many self-professing evangelicals reject foundational evangelical beliefs’. But is it a case of ‘rejection’ or more like ‘confusion’?
Christians face an avalanche of inputs from their friends, families, education institutions, mainstream media, Hollywood, the government and, not forgetting, even the United Nations. Comedians declare that ‘love is love’ when it comes to same sex marriage. Hence, it is unsurprising that Christians are baffled.
Doubt is a most powerful weapon of the devil because doubt is the opposite of faith; faith never doubts. With Eve, the serpent asked, “Did God actually say?” (Gen 3:1). With Jesus, the tempter reiterated, “If you are the Son of God …”
Here is the question: Do Christians understand what sins are and are not?
Christians are bewildered because our culture is shifting fast towards embracing a different orientation:
- The definition of ‘sins’ is being recalibrated by the world (even the vernacular language is changing – for example, ‘wicked’ may now be considered ‘good’, and LGBT is accepted as ‘modern’ as in Modern Family),
- The conscience of Christians has gone warped,
- The challenge has been mounted by many on defining what sin is not. For example, Is that an Old Testament sin which is no more relevant – like the unacceptability of wearing clothes which is woven with different kinds of material (Lev 19:19)?
- The hyper-grace mentality that says Jesus has forgiven our past, present, and even future sins, and
- The preaching of forgiveness without repentance is occurring far more frequently in churches.
Some circles have argued that by highlighting sins, we may make people feel condemn. But there are sufficient number of confused Christians to warrant the creation of a more prescriptive understanding of sins. It is not our intention to condemn anyone. The Lord forgives our sins as long as we repent; hence, the name of our site is Go, Sin No More.
The Project Team grew out of this environment and wanted to see whether we can assist committed Christians to return to their Christian roots – the Word of God. Living a Christian life is a serious affair and requires our active involvement. The Project Team took its inspiration from a prominent Jewish rabbi who lived between 1135 AD and 1204 AD. Moses ben Maimon distilled the laws found in the Torah (first five books of Moses) and condensed them into a simple-to-follow, categorized 613 commandments. His Book of the Commandments (Sefer Hamitzvot) has become the reference point for all Jews. The 613 commandments go beyond the familiar Ten Commandments to include guidelines for priests, diet, and even injuries and damage.
The Project Team has categorized and numbered the various elements. By limiting the scope to just the New Testament, the Team recognizes its constraints but whenever necessary, we will augment the New Testament teachings with Old Testament references.
The Project Team recognizes the strength of the internet and the vast experience and knowledge of godly Christians that can help us tighten our site for the glory of God. Hence, Gosinnomore.com is not a static site.
The Project Team subscribes to the words in Daniel, ‘the people that know their God shall be strong, and do exploits’ – Daniel 11:32.