Form Of Godliness, But Claiming Lack Of Power

August 20, 2012

There are many groups of people who have some form of godliness even while they refuse to accept its power. (2 Tim. 3:5) Now how nonsensical is that? A person professes to live in accordance with certain rules of godliness / piety / religion / faith / holiness, yet he does not believe in being able to live by the divine power offered within that system which he claims to believe in!

Some of the worst of these types of people are those who claim Christianity as their religion. They claim to follow Christ, they claim to believe in His words and in the Bible, they claim to belong to Christ and be saved, yet they continually say they can’t help but sin! What slander to the name of Christ! What defamation to the glorious message of the Gospel! What contempt for what God has done for us! (Heb. 10:29)

God has bought freedom for us –freedom from sin’s power and penalty. This was purchased with His own blood (Acts 20:28) when He, in Christ’s body (Col. 1:19), died on the cross. (v. 20) Therefore, O sinning “Christian”, how wicked you are to deny that the evil powers were not disarmed by Christ’s sacrifice when Col. 2:15 says they were! How irreverent you show yourself to be as you claim to believe in and follow Christ while at the same time insisting that He did not buy our freedom from sin’s power as Rom. 6:6,7,18,22 declare! How contemptible you are to drag the name of the Lord through your depravity while claiming to be saved! Unbelievable! Yes, unbelievable is your audacity! You crucify Christ all over again, subjecting His name to public shame (Heb. 6:6) even while you go to church, sing your worship songs, lead a Bible study, and blog about God’s Word!!! What???!!! You certainly fit right in with the description of those in the 2 Tim. 3:1-5 passage! For you tout your form of godliness even as you deny that God offers full power over sin. Why? Because you want to indulge in the sins listed there, plus more besides!

1 John 3:8 states it as plain as day: “He who commits sin belongs to the devil.” Oh, quit your excuses about “the Greek really says, “…who habitually sins…” The Greek says, “The one doing sin of the devil is.” Some teachers make the false claim that the “doing” really means “practicing”. Even if that were the case, how much doing amounts to practicing? If your wife, in one year, slept with another man twice, or three times, or four, would you consider her practicing the act of adultery? I think so. Then how many sins a year, or a week, does it take for God to consider that you practice sin? Get honest. God considers you a deliberate sinner –a harlot toward Him and thus His enemy (James 4:4)– for even while you are professing to love Him, to be saved, and to uphold the Word of God, you refuse to walk in the power He’s given you to refrain from sin. What does this make you? It makes you a royal hypocrite. A real, live hypocrite. And what does Christ think of hypocrites? He considers their hearts a stench (Matt. 23:27), a habitation of everything unclean. (same verse) Do you really think Christ lives there in such a heart? Think again, for He also calls you a viper about to be condemned to Hell. (v. 33)

2 Peter 1:3,4 tells us we have everything we need for living godly and free of the world’s defilement, doing so by His divine nature. 1 Peter 4:1,2 commands us to come into Christ’s attitude and be done with sin. 1 Thes. 4:7,8 informs us that he who refuses to accept that our lives must be lives of holiness is a rejection of God. Rom. 7:14 says that if we are still slaves to sin we are unspiritual; yet if we are unspiritual, we do not belong to God, but to the devil. (John 8:42-47 // 1 Cor. 2:12-14 // James 3:13-18) The apostle John says that if we do not obey the Lord’s commands we lie if we say we know Him (1 John 2:3,4), for while obedience is what proves we live in Him and He in us (3:24), to sin proves the opposite. (v. 6,10)

Well, Sinner, I have no particular person in mind as I write the above. Instead, I have a host of people in mind. True, we all were there at one time –blind, deaf, and unaware of the power of Christ given to us when He, at our request, so mercifully washed us and brought us into the Light. True, there are hoards of false teachers trying to pull everyone back into ignorance. However, we have God’s Word. We can read it for ourselves. We can read that Jesus tells us to leave the blind guides. (Matt. 15:14) We can ask for His anointing to teach us (1 John 2:27) –the Spirit of Truth in us. (John 16:13) We can seek and we will find if we seek with all our mind and heart and soul and strength. (Jer. 29:13 // Matt. 13:44-46 // Luke 10:27)

The problem with you, Sinner, is that even once someone tells you the Truth, you refuse to search out if it really is the Truth. Why? Because you want to remain ignorant. Why? Because you want to believe Christ allows His followers to sin.

How foolish. You’ve just kept yourself a prisoner in the arms of the devil.

with love,

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