I once was a renegade soldier of Christ. I told him that I wanted him to take my sins away, to die for them, in exchange for my promise to live a different life. I had taken the vows of celibacy, honesty and integrity, tithe, and every other vow required by the Scriptures. I kept most of them, but I turned away from at least three.
I did not see myself as a renegade soldier, because I saw the sins being committed by others, and they were far worse than mine. I now have come to understand that the vows we take have no connection whatsoever to any other person. Each person makes a vow unto God, and he either lives by his vow, or he dies as a renegade soldier.
Regardless of what others might do, it is we who alone must stand before God, righteous and untarnished. It is we whose sins must be forgiven. It is we who must either live or die, because only Christ can die for us. Only he can take the blame for sins committed, not your neighbor, and not your friend. The Lord God Almighty is a just God. The Lord God Almighty is El Shaddai. The Lord God Almighty is true.
Atlanta, Georgia, USA