Does Reconciliation to God Require Pointing Out Sins? — A Quote by Kris Vallotton in “Developing a Supernatural Lifestyle”

“God was in Christ so that He could reconcile the world to Himself. How did He reconcile the world to Himself? By ‘not counting their sins against them’! Did you get that? But as powerful as this is He also went on to say He has given us the same ministry. He wants us not to count sin against sinners so we can beg them to be reconciled to God. If God is not counting sin against sinners, what gives us the right to do it? And what ever gave us the idea that pointing out people’s sin leads to reconciliation? God said not counting sins leads to reconciliation.”

— Kris Vallotton, “Developing a Supernatural Lifestyle”, Kindle locations 911-915

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5 thoughts on “Does Reconciliation to God Require Pointing Out Sins? — A Quote by Kris Vallotton in “Developing a Supernatural Lifestyle”

  1. Arsenio Billingham

    I was thinking about this one this morning, did Jesus ever call a sinner a sinner? I haven’t read through the gospels in a while, but it seems to me that He only pointed out wrong behavior in a negative way when interacting with the people who made it their business to point out the wrong behavior of others in a negative way. Maybe I’ll read through those gospels again soon with the intention of researching this…

    1. Tim Thomas Post author

      Dear Arsenio,

      You ask a very good question! Jesus did use the word “sinner” in some of his parables, and he often told people to “repent”. And in the Sermon on the Mount, probably best recorded in Matthew chapters 5 to 7, Jesus preached a very high standard of righteousness for his followers, metaphorically suggesting that people pluck out their eye if it causes them to sin. So I think that a change in behavior was expected by Jesus for those who had a change of heart — to those who chose to follow him. But he certainly didn’t dwell on sin as being the primary issue. John 3:16-18 focuses on the issue of belief in Jesus being required for salvation. But underlying the entire reason for needing belief is that people needed to be reconciled to God. And underlying the need for reconciliation is the idea that people weren’t following God well enough — that they were sinning (living selfishly rather than for God).

  2. Anonymous

    I agree that Jesus expected (and expects) a change in behavior from those who follow him. But I see a tendency in Christians to want to put the cart before the horse. Meaning that they think that right behavior leads to a right relationship with Jesus.
    In my life I’ve tried it that way, and failed miserably again and again. I truly believe that right behavior is the result of accepting the fact that I can never meet the standard that God has set in the law (behavioral requirements). It’s only through relying on the propitiation that Jesus provided that I find rest and peace. From there my behavior changes, out of a desire to honor and revere God’s love.
    Basically, right behavior is the result of God’s love for me, not the cause of God’s love for me.


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