The Master declares, “I’m A to Z. I’m The God Who Is, The God Who Was, and The God About to Arrive. I’m the Sovereign-Strong.” -Revelation 1:8
If God is sovereign, then there is no plan B. That would be antithetical. Sovereign is undisputed, therefore any rival to that authority or control is useless at best and blasphemy at worst. If you are able to make choices which alter His plan, then that makes you sovereign. That makes you an opponent of God.
There is a fundamental belief which is entirely other than the story told in scripture.
You know what you believe when you mess up. Your panic tells you that you believe you’ve just messed up God’s plan. His plan is eternal. His plan IS. You are and have always been His plan.
You know what you believe when someone sins against you. Your lack of forgiveness and when, in many cases, restoration show that the sin is sovereign, not God. Your fear of associating with or condoning the sin is evidence that the belief is that sin is sovereign.
If we’ve left the country where sin is sovereign, how can we still live in our old house there? Or didn’t you realize we packed up and left there for good? That is what happened in baptism. When we went under the water, we left the old country of sinbehind; when we came up out of the water, we entered into the new country of grace—a new life in a new land! -Romans 6:2-3
Association, by definition, is to allow oneself to be connected with or seen to be supportive of. When considering your plan of action regarding a fellow Christian who sins, you must remember that it is the sin of which you do not approve. The ‘sinner’ is an altogether different being. Jesus came to rescue him. When He ascended to Heaven, He commissioned us to lead them to (or back to) Him.
You must fight to disregard religious society to be seen with a known sinner. Your ammunition can be your faith that the sinner is still of value and still has access to the Cross. You would be associating with the story of redemption and lining yourself up with Christ as he calls the wounded to come rest at His feet. Non-believers who claim to be believers will chastise you and possibly disown you, too. You have to choose to stand up for the finished work of the cross or the polished veneer of man.
The definition of condone becomes a contradiction to your general meaning of the word when you compare it to it’s synonyms. Other words for condone are pardon, excuse, forgive and let go. When you say, ‘I cannot condone your sin.’ You are saying that you cannot forgive or let go. Is that what you’re saying? If the Gospel was a board game, you would be sent back to square one.
I think a lot of us need to be sent back to square one. However, a person doesn’t realize they have it all wrong until it no longer works for them. The regard or disregard for ‘right and wrong’ are not what make a person sin. Sin is far deeper than superficial reasoning. Sin has a root and that root is a deep love or need for something other than God. In biblical terms, the root of sin is idolatry and the idol is you.
Condone in the sense that, I believe, most mean when they use the phrase would be closer to another synonym: allow. ‘I will not allow that.’ If you are dealing with a person who has made a lifestyle of sin, then that is an appropriate response. If you are dealing with a Christian who sinned, you are not dealing with a lifestyle, you are dealing with a mistake. If a child lit a match and set his house on fire, you can stand in the front yard and tell him that he is not allowed to play with matches and that you do not allow him to set fire to your home. However, the mistake has already been made and there is no going back. You can berate him and condemn him, but it will not undo his mistake and it will not provide his salvation.
‘I do not condone’ is a redundancy. It is an unneeded statement. The only response from you is an act of faith. Do you believe in the finished work of Jesus? Then provide that life saving information and give CPR to that friend who is being suffocated by the weight of his sin. It’s belief that saves us. You have to believe it for yourself or you can never make anyone else believe. If you could hear what is happening inside the mind of a Christian who got tangled in Hell’s trap, you would hear a tsunami of accusations and death sentences. A torrential storm is attacking the nervous system of his faith.
How many fallen Christians walk away from church altogether? Do you know any? It’s not because they didn’t love Jesus. It’s because, when they fell, they were lied to by Satan and you never provided the anecdote of Truth. Belief changes everything. You never injected the sick with the story of Jesus. Your fear got in the way.
What are you afraid of? When you figure it out, face it or be a slave to it. It’s exasperating to know that ignorance on the part of the self-righteous is what is making people walk away from the church. Ignorance can be exchanged for a more incisive word like ‘immaturity’. The immature are the loudest group. Look everywhere else in society for an illustration. They haven’t learned to hold their tongue long enough to develop the 1 Corinthians 13 type of love in their character. The immature are egocentric. An egocentric person views everything from their own perspective and, therefore, is the antithesis of what Jesus stood for. Again you are God’s opponent.
We’re supposed to be like Jesus. Jesus is a rescuer.