Should we participate in the sin others commit?

The government has been forcing  anyone who owns a business to provide goods and services in support of something that Christians believe is a sin – such as renting a room to people who want to sleep together but are unmarried,  or provide a wedding cake or photography for a marriage that people believe is a sin.

This raises the question of whether a Christian should participate in the sins other commit.

I start this with the realization that God gives over to a depraved mind not only  those who sin, but those who approve of those who practice sin.

Romans 1:28-32

28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they aregossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil,disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.

So we can’t approve of sin or those who practice such sins.

Also, we must realize that we are NOT to join with those who are rebellious.

Proverbs 24:21-22

21 Fear the LORD and the king, my son, and do not join with the rebellious, 22 for those two will send sudden destruction upon them, and who knows what calamities they can bring?…

We see that more than simply not joining the rebellious, we must not cause anyone to stumble.

1 Corinthians 10:32

Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God

So then we must be careful to realize that hanging out with bad people can corrupt good character.

In fact, consider 1 Corinthians 8:13,

13 Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.

Paul was worried about causing people to sin said he would avoiding doing what might cause someone to sin.

1 Corinthians 15:33

Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

The government and people of the world (indeed, even some who call themselves Christians) want you to believe you must support certain things that God hates. But God said to not be captivated by empty and deceptive philosophy.

Colossians 2:8

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

We must not allow what is good (not supporting sin) to be called evil.

Romans 14:16

Do not allow what you consider good to be spoken of as evil.

We have a choice – fall in line with what the world wants us to do, or be friends with God.

James 4:4

You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.

We must get rid of all moral filth and evil.

James 1:21

Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

Indeed, we must be holy because God is holy.

1 Peter 1:15-16

But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

More than that, we must NOT cause people to sin, nor may we the person through whom comes those things that cause people to sin.

Matthew 18:6-7

Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come! Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come!

We see the same thing in Luke 17:1-2

 He said to His disciples, “It is inevitable that stumbling blocks come, but woe to him through whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he would cause one of these little ones to stumble.

So we must avoid sin. We must be holy. We must not be captivated by worldly philosophies. We must not be one who causes others to stumble, nor can we be one through whom things which causes others to stumble comes. So no, we must not support sinners  in their sinning.

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