I was a teenager helping some good friends with the business they managed– a theater.
One night I was talking with the manager at the snack bar when some young men across the room were pretty loud and boisterous.
The manager asked me if I could tell them to hold it down, so I walked over and said, “Could you guys keep it down, please?”
One of the young men walked up into my face and told me he didn’t like people telling him what to do. I just pointed at the manager and said, “That’s the manager and she told me to tell you to keep it down!” and I walked away.
There are many more people that do not want to be told what to do or how to live. They don’t want to be told that what they may be doing is sinful according to the Bible.
Paul had the same problem with his preaching. He said,
For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. 2 Cor 4:5
His words were not about himself but about Christ, whom he preached. So what was the problem?
He started with this,
But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 2 Cor 4:2
He told others about sin. He renounced it and called it shameful. That was the beginning of his troubles – the same trouble you will run into when you renounce shameful sin today!
Paul understood the purpose of the Gospel. It is not to prevent people from living, it is to save them from certain death and give them a more abundant life. Those that are being preached to often cannot see they are doing anything wrong, much like the young men making too much noise in a theater where other patrons are trying to watch the movie.
Or those living in any type of sin; they cannot see the danger of it. They are blind to it.
Paul also addressed this.
But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. 2 Cor 4:3-5
If you say homosexuality is sin, you will be called racist, bigoted, intolerant, and judgmental.
If you confess to a sin that you have repented from, even decades ago, you will be called a hypocrite, a fake, and a fraud.
That’s because those that say such things are blind to the light of the gospel – blind to correction.
Pray for them.