A brother who was looking to justify his sin quoted this verse to me. Before he was a Christian, he said, he lived in ignorance. But now, since he has Christ, he can, even though he was an adulterer before, marry whom he wants to.
But that’s not what the verse says.
Therefore, although God has overlooked such times of ignorance, he now commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has set a day on which he is going to judge the world in righteousness, by a man whom he designated, having provided proof to everyone by raising him from the dead.
Acts 17.30-31 NET
Today, our responsibility is greater. Ignorance, before or after baptism, is no excuse. Our lives must reflect the holiness of God. Repentance, contrary to many man-made religions, is a must.
A cursory reading of the Sermon on the Mount shows that before Christ God allowed things that today is has nixed.
If you want to be a Christian today, there is no lowering the bar.
Dear God, keep me from twisting scripture to justify a stubborn determination to sin.
Hold this thought: We can twist scripture now, but we’ll see it in its proper light in judgment.