To many people there is a blurred line between right and wrong. What is right and wrong is determined by feelings and other subjective standards, making the identification of things right and things wrong nearly, if not altogether, impossible.

The Bible removes any question about whether something is right or wrong. If the Bible condemns something as being morally wrong, then it’s wrong regardless of whether people agree with it. When something is done religiously without the consent of the Word of God, it is wrong because the Bible says so (2 John 9-11). When something is not done, even though the law of Christ tells us to do it, that is wrong because it constitutes disobedience to God (James 4:17). So, for those who realize that the Bible is right, the blur between right and wrong is removed.

What is wrong with sexual immorality? Of all issues, one might think that there would be no question about fornication being wrong. However, we live in a society where many believe that sexual relationships, outside of marriage, are normal and very much acceptable. Fornication, whether it be in the form of sex outside of marriage, adultery, or homosexuality, is glorified in Hollywood and viewed as acceptable in the everyday lives of everyday people. Well, the Bible condemns sexual immorality. The sexual relationship is reserved for marriage (Heb. 13:4), and when it takes place outside of that marriage realm, God always condemns it as being wrong. How society changes doesn’t matter. When all the rationalizing is done, fornication is still wrong, and those who participate in it cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven (1 Corinthians 6:9).

What is wrong with the use of musical instruments in the church? Many debates have been held through the years over this issue, the lines of right and wrong are not blurred. What is wrong with musical instruments in worship service today is God has not authorized them. In fact, that’s the only thing wrong with them. Paul said, “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus…” (Colossians 3:17). One cannot use a musical instrument in the church today in the name of Jesus because He has not authorized them. He has authorized singing (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16), but never a musical instrument. “But they used them in the Old Testament.?” Well, if we lived under the Old Testament law, that would be okay, but we don’t. We are living under the law of Christ (1 Corinthians 9:21). The old law has been removed, taken out of the way, and nailed to the cross (Colossians 2:14; Hebrews 8:13). Remember, if we don’t abide in the doctrine of Christ, we have not God (2 John 9). This makes the use of musical instruments wrong. Is the line blurred? No! Is this just a subjective opinion of mine? No! Either one can put their finger on the New Testament passage that authorizes the musical instrument or he can’t. If he can, they are right. If he can’t, they are wrong. Period!

What is wrong with not assembling with the saints? Some people think going to worship services is a personal choice that doesn’t carry any consequences if one decides not to attend. “Do we really have to attend all the services of the saints?” “Aren’t just Sunday morning worship services enough?” “I don’t know about you, but I feel like the line between right and wrong is a little blurred here?” No, the line isn’t blurred at all. First, we are commanded not to forsake the assembling of the saints (Hebrews 10;25). Notice, the Hebrew writer didn’t say “assembly,” he said, “assembling,” which points to the practice of assembling with the saints. Second, every reasonable and thinking Christian knows it is the right and good thing to do, that is, to attend all the assemblings of the saints. And James says to know to do good and not to do it is sin within itself (James 4:17).

There may well be some gray areas of life, but when it comes to what is written in the Word of God, the lines are clear. We either live the way God wants us to live and obey His Word, or we live in rebellion to Him. Which will you choose to do?