Sin Controls You

October 7, 2012

If someone asked us if we considered ourselves spiritual, what would be our response? Most people, including those who claim to love Jesus, could not, if they were being honest, say that they are spiritual. Oh, of course we’re all spiritual beings, but the question is, “Are you living as a spiritual man?” (The flip side is to live as a carnal man; and it’s either one or the other. If there’s a mixture, then the spiritual is a sham.)

The description of a spiritual man is that he has the Spirit of God within him (1 Cor. 2:12), is being taught, led, and controlled by Him (John 16:13 // Rom. 8:9 // Gal. 5:18), is growing in knowledge in the truths and gifts of God (1 Cor. 2:12-15), and has the mind of Christ. (v. 16) If this is not reality for someone, then that someone is not spiritual, but instead unspiritual, fleshly, worldly, carnal.

If a man is unspiritual, then he is sold as a slave to sin. (Rom. 7:14) Or we could say it this way: If a man is a slave to sin, then he is unspiritual.

“I sin,” most unspiritual people admit. “But I’m not a slave to sin.”

However, Jesus says, “Everyone who sins is a slave to sin.” (John 8:34)

Let’s repeat Jesus’ statement: “Everyone who sins is a slave to sin.”

So let’s each think about ourselves here. Hmmmm… Is anything controlling me besides the Spirit of God through the Word of God? Am I controlled by certain foods, by alcohol, by perverse fantasies, by porn, by T.V. and movies, by romance novels, by the internet or Facebook, by angry and vengeful thoughts, by greed, by coarse joking, by depression, by ungratefulness and grumbling, by pride, or by anything else?

“Oh no, I may indulge in those sometimes, but I’m not controlled by them.” This is likely the answer from most. But is it true? There’s a simple test to see. Try going without the indulgence for a week. If there’s no screaming after seven days, go without for a month –or more. If the abstinence can’t be done, then that issue or substance is controlling your life, at least to some degree.

Many people will insist that they themselves are controlling their lives, but God’s Word tells us that if we don’t have Him as our Ruler, then sin is our ruler. (Rom. 6:16,22) And behind sin is Satan.

The devil rules this world. (1 John 5:19) He rules by controlling individuals through the power of sin. Sin is anything that is not of God, for God’s glory, or pleasing to Him. Sin isn’t always a sex sin or murder or lying. It can be pursuing that which leaves a life wasteful before God. It can be shunning His presence deliberately or being too busy to care. Such neglect toward God is sin. Gross sin. It is being a slave to sin, a prisoner of sin, a captive of the devil. (Rom. 7:23 // Gal. 3:22) As 1 John 3:8 says, “He who does what is sinful is of the devil.”

So, in light of these things, is it possible that a sinner (one who sins intentionally, sins by apathetically ignoring God and His commands, or sins by not doing what he knows he should) could be considered by God to be a spiritual man? Not quite. For even if he can’t be honest about his state and admit he’s not, God’s Word reveals that such a man is nothing but carnal and fleshly, of the sinful nature, worldly, of the devil, and unspiritual.

Such a person has no inheritance in the Kingdom of God and Christ. His inheritance is, instead, destruction. (1 Cor. 6:9,10 // Gal. 6:8 // Eph. 5:3-6)

with love,

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