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Neither Do I Condem Thee

When the woman was taken in adultery, in John 8:1-11, she had nothing to say, knowing her guilt. In some communities, infraction of the moral law take on a serious import.  This can vary from one culture to another. Incest in the Corinthian church of Paul’s day did not seem to disturb them until Paul took them to task.  The same condition would not have been found in Philippi.

The sin of adultery is so common in our world that it often is found in the church.  But Christ came to forgive and make possible an ongoing holy life.  Can God forgive and use the cast-offs of society?  By His amazing grace He can.

In his book, My Life and The Story of the Gospel Hymns, I.D. Sankey commented on John Newton’s life.  “At the age of eleven he went to sea with his father.  He drifted away from his pious mother’s teaching and grew into an abandoned and Godless sailor.  He was flogged as a deserter from the navy, and for fifteen months he lived half starved and ill treated.  Then his Christian belief matured – he soon became an ardent worker for Christ.”

Newton was already condemned, but he had a confrontation with Christ.  Forgiven, he went forth, leaving the old life of sin behind.  That life, once godless, became a great blessing to the church because of God’s forgiving grace.  The words of Newton have been sung by millions untold numbers of times.

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

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