Jonah ran away from God and was in a state of rebellion. This was clearly the very opposite of what God wanted him to do. Jonah was in sin. Nobody argues this, for it is abundantly clear.
But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. Jonah 1:3
And so in response, God decided to send a huge storm upon both Jonah and the crew.
11 The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, “What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?”
12 “Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.”
13 Instead, the men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before. 14 Then they cried out to the Lord, “Please, Lord, do not let us die for taking this man’s life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you, Lord, have done as you pleased.” 15 Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm. 16 At this the men greatly feared the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows to him.
Now, we can look here and see that the pagan men, who did not know God, feared Him and gave Him glory! Heck yeah! This is a great thing, but was Jonah applauded and rewarded and justified for what he did? No!
So how come we all do not justify Jonah for sinning against God, even though he ‘had witness opportunities’ or ‘God was glorified by the converts’?
If a man comes to the realization that he is not honoring God by his occupation as a bouncer at a strip club, he should leave. He should not stay and try to witness. If a man realizes that he is in sin because he is in a gang, and that in order to follow Christ he needs to leave, why would anyone disagree? People should not say that these men should stay that they can be a ‘testimony’ to these people! It is a greater testimony to get out and do the right thing. It is a greater testimony to live rightly with our actions, in accordance with God’s word. People say that female cops can witness to other women, and better then men too. But this is simply not true, not when one is outside of God’s will.
Should we sin that grace may abound? No! Rom 6:1
And likewise, a woman who is a cop or in the military; cross dressing and taking on a man’s job that God did not give to her, cannot sit there and be justified, because ‘she has opportunity to witness’. Let the mouths of the foolish be shut.
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