Why is it that so many are seeking a loophole in order to gain eternal life? Perhaps no one wants to suffer for the cause of Christ? Perhaps it is just rebellion against God? Perhaps people just want their cake and eat it too? No matter why, many don’t want to obey what God commanded man in order to obtain eternal life. A loophole is defined as “a means of evading something unpleasant.” Human nature is such that people will go to almost any extreme to avoid the unpleasant, even if their action turns out in the long run to cause more severe unpleasantness.
Let’s face it, the life of a real Christian is not easy. All faithful Christians must suffer even as Christ also suffered (1 Pet 20:20-21). Yet, this generation is so lazy that they refuse to be buried with Christ by baptism (Rom 6:3-4). It is not uncommon to see people come up with farfetched scenarios in order to evade baptism. They surmise, “what if a man died on the way to being baptized, would God doom him to hell?” “What if a man were too ill to be baptized, would God doom him to hell?” What they don’t realize is that being baptized is just a small part, though essential, part of salvation. If they stumble at baptism, how much more will they falter when it comes to suffering for the cause of Christ (2 Tim 3:12).
When it comes to the plain and simple truth of Jesus on marriage and divorce, people have exclaimed, “What if I married and divorced illegally, and then obeyed the gospel, doesn’t baptism erase that sin and allow me to remarry?” What they fail to understand is that both sinner and saint alike are subject to God’s laws. A sinner is verily forgiven when they repent and are baptized. Yet, this doesn’t negate God’s law which prohibits a man from remarrying, unless he divorces his wife for the cause of fornication (Mt 19:9). The same applies to a Christian as well. A Christian can be forgiven of an adulterous marriage if he repents and puts away the illegal marriage, but he can’t remarry. The same applies to sinner and saint alike.
Some say “God wants me to be happy”, therefore I refuse to give up my live in boy/girlfriend. Yes, God truly wants you to be happy, but not here on earth but in the life to come. If we love parents, spouses, children, friends, even ourselves more than we love God, we are not worthy of God (Mt 10:37 f; Lk 14:26).
How sad this is! Looking for a loophole is a definite reflection upon one’s attitude toward God and his word. One who has the proper love of God and respect for his word is not so inclined (Ps 1:1,2 f; 2 Thess 2:10-12). We must “fear God and keep his commandments” (Eccl. 12:13) in awe and trembling of who he is and what he can and will do. “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Mt 10:28). The humble servant of the Lord doesn’t look for loopholes. Rather his attitude is that of young Samuel, “Lord speak, your servant hears” (1 Sam 3:9-10).
How can one say he loves the Lord when he is looking for a way around plain and simple instruction? Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (Jn. 14:15). The love of God obeys, it doesn’t evade.