You are trespassing on forbidden ground!
(Charles Orr, "Divine Realities")
"Whatever is not of faith — is sin!" Romans 14:23
This is one of Paul's hard sayings. While these words were spoken with reference to the eating of foods — they contains a principle which covers the whole of the Christian life. This is an excellent direction for holy living. It means that if you engage in anything which cannot be done with implicit faith and confidence in God — it is sin!
In the building and furnishing of your home; in the buying of any merchandise; in the clothing and feeding of your body; in your conversations, recreations, amusements, entertainments, and social gatherings — if there is not innocent, child-like, heart-felt faith in Christ — then you are trespassing on forbidden ground!
All must be surrendered to God. There is to be no wishing for this or that. There are to be no choosings of what we shall do, or what we shall have — nor any self-seeking, self-love, or self-desire.
"Whatever is not of faith — is sin!"