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Welcome to Radically Christian Q&A, the two-minute show where we answer your tough Bible questions with honest Bible answers. This show is brought to you by RadicallyChristian.com and Baker Heights church of Christ. Our question today is, “Is there an unforgivable sin?”

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In this episode of the CrossTalk podcast, Sam Dominguez, James Sumners, and Wes McAdams discuss sin: why we sometimes fail to get rid of it completely and why we need to get serious about dealing with it. Often what we say is our “struggle” has become our “habit” or “practice.” We often fail to realize the urgency of fully repenting of our sins. When we try to maintain one foot in Christ and one foot in the world, we miss out on so many wonderful blessings; including eternity in heaven. We hope this episode is edifying for all of our listeners.

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Welcome to Radically Christian Q&A, the two-minute show where we answer your tough Bible questions with honest Bible answers. This show is brought to you by RadicallyChristian.com and Baker Heights church of Christ. Our question today is, “1 John 5:16-17 talks about sin that leads to death and sin that does not lead to death. So which sins lead to death and which do not?”

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When confronted with their sins, it’s not uncommon to hear people say, “Yeah, but God knows my heart.” I usually take this to mean, “What I’m doing might be wrong, but in my heart, I’m a good person. God knows that. So I don’t think He will hold me accountable for my actions.” These folks obviously believe in God and believe in sin, but they believe that having a “good heart” is justification for their sin. God says that’s not true.

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Imagine walking into an expensive restaurant and seeing an old friend, already enjoying his dinner. When you see the half-eaten feast on your friend’s table, you think to yourself, “Wow! He’s really pigging out tonight. That’s going to be huge bill.” You wave to your friend and he waves back. When you finish your dinner the waiter brings your check. To your surprise, the waiter has added someone else’s meal to your ticket. “What’s the meaning of this,” you ask the waiter. The waiter replies, “Your friend said you wouldn’t mind picking up the tab, so we put his meal on your bill.”

Personally, I would be outraged with such a person and I would no longer consider that man a “friend.” Are we doing the same thing to God?

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I hear constantly, “Well, that’s probably not a good thing to do, but it’s not a sin.” Or even, “That might be a bad thing to do, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say it is a sin.” It is very interesting to hear people talk this way and I wonder if we have any idea what we’re saying. I wonder, do we really know what it means to “sin”?

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How do we stop sinning? Is it possible? What can help me deal with temptation? I get questions like this all the time. Here is my response.

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Is it just me or do things seem to be getting worse? Fornication, adultery, homosexuality, nudity, profanity, drugs, and booze are everywhere. What do we do about it?

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Bring Christ Your Broken Life

Wes  —  November 7, 2012

Sunday is “Friends Day” at Baker Heights. The sermon that morning will revolve around the genealogy of Christ (Matthew 1:1-16). Where many people see a long and boring list of names, I see a long list of broken people.

Christ’s ancestors were broken people; broken by sin. But, in spite of the sinful choices they made, God chose them to be the physical family of His only begotten Son. He worked through those sinful and broken people to bring about the greatest good this world has ever seen.

There were adulterers, idolaters, liars, cheats, and murderers in the Savior’s family (and you thought your family was bad). But God’s plans were victorious, in spite of the sins of man. That should tell us that God’s plans will always be victorious!

Furthermore, many of those people, in spite of their brokenness, were put back together by the grace of God. Once they submitted themselves to our God, who heals the broken, they became strong and powerful instruments in the hands of the Almighty; going on to do amazing things!

Christ’s genealogy teaches me that you cannot be too broken for God to use. You cannot be too broken for God to put back together. God has used broken people, just like you and I, to do great things since the beginning of time. So, bring Christ your broken life, submit to His healing hand, and see what great things He can do through you!

Also, if you’re in Abilene on Sunday (November 11, 2012), won’t you join us for Friends Day at Baker Heights church of Christ? Our address is 5382 Texas Ave.

I love you and the God who heals the broken loves you,

Wes McAdams

Some Thoughts on Racism

Wes  —  September 18, 2012

Let me say, first of all, I am proud to live in a country which has come so far in such a short time, as it pertains to racism. However, racism still rears its ugly head all too often. Unfortunately, even among Christians, racism can be an issue.

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Racism usually refers to the idea that people of one “race” are superior, in some way, to people of another “race.” Please excuse my bluntness but, this way of thinking is not only ignorant, it is ungodly.

1. All people have the same ancestors. We are all related. As Paul said, “He made from one man every nation of mankind” (Acts 17:26a). It may be impossible to tell exactly what skin color Adam and Eve had, but one thing we can know for sure, they carried the genetic code for all mankind! Every man, woman, and child on this planet is your blood relative.

2. All people were created in the image of God. When Scripture speaks of God creating man “in His own image” (Genesis 1:27), it isn’t talking about physical appearance. If it were, we would all look the same. But, whatever it means to be made in the image of God, we all share that commonality. Meaning, all people, regardless of skin color or nationality, are created equal.

James rebuked those of his day saying, “With [the tongue] we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so” (James 3:9-10).

3. All people are your neighbor. We are commanded to love our neighbors as ourselves. In fact, Jesus said this was the second greatest commandment (Matthew 22:39). In order to illustrate the identity of our neighbor, Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). This parable helps us to understand that our neighbor, the one we must love as ourselves, is not just the person with whom we share a common heritage, but everyone with whom we come into contact.

Racism is ignorant. But, its worse than just ignorance, because it is also sinfully arrogant. As Paul wrote, “In humility count others more significant than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3). You cannot be humble and racist at the same time. Therefore, you cannot be pleasing to God while harboring racism in your heart. If this applies to you, I would admonish you to repent.

Let me leave you with these two wonderful thoughts from God’s word:

“For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).

“For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise” (Galatians 3:27-29).

I love you and God loves you,

Wes McAdams