Like the two churchgoing San Diego couples whom we previously wrote about – Will and Shirley and Nate and Faith – whose idea of a small group was a casino gambling ring. They were featured in the documentary film “Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians.”
More recently there was Alexis McGill Johnson, who this past spring became the chairwoman of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s foremost abortionist. Johnson publicly professes herself a Christian but thinks there nothing wrong with killing pre-born babies.
Then there’s the latest example, as recently reported by Barcroft TV (which, we understand, is a top 10 news channel on YouTube): “Bible-thumping,” body-building Florida couple Dean and Christy Parave who supposedly “preach the word of God through swinging.”
“At first I was conflicted,” said Christy, “but the more we looked at it, the more it makes sense to us. I don’t think God would be mad at what we’re doing.”
Indeed, she reasoned, “God put people on the Earth to breed and enjoy each other.” And that’s why she thinks it perfectly acceptable in the eyes of God that she and her husband are swinging with other couples.
And Dean and Christy actually have taken there putative “ministry” to the Internet with a web site that encourages couples, according to Barcroft, to “join in and indulge in their holy promiscuity.”
Well Dean and Christy Parave may delude themselves that they are swinging for Christ – just as Alexis McGill Johnson suggests that God is neutral on abortion, and Will and Shirley and Nate and Faith think card counting is okay by Jesus so long as they use the proceeds for church planting – but what they all are doing is wicked.
Now we are all, everyone, sinners, who fall short of the glory of God. In that we are no different from the swinging Parave couple, the abortionist Johnson and the two gambling couples.
But here’s where authentic Christ followers differ from faux Christians like the Paraves, like Johnson, like Will and Shirley and Nate and Faith: We confess our sins, and the Lord our God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness.
In contrast, the Florida swingers, the Planned Parenthood abortionist and the San Diego gambling ring think they need no forgiveness because what they are doing is no sin.
But the word of God declares, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
Those unabashed, unrepentant sinners have hell to pay.