To Sin Is To Show Hostility To God

December 14, 2012

Friends,
Those who sin are indulging in the sinful nature, they are allowing themselves, at least at that moment, to be controlled by the sinful nature, and they are thus, to one degree or another, living according to the sinful nature. For the person who has committed himself to the Lord, living according to the sinful nature should be a foreign and non-existent concept and activity. This is not what most “Christians” teach, but it is what God’s Word teaches.

By living according to the sinful nature a person will die (Rom. 6:23 & 8:13), meaning that, even for the person once dwelling in Christ, spiritual death will begin to rot through that person’s inner man. (John 15:1-6) Because the sinful nature desires the exact opposite of what the Spirit of God wills and stands for, there is a conflict created (Gal. 5:17), and if the person submits himself to the wishes of the sinful nature, rather than that of the Spirit, he has, in so doing, set himself at enmity with God. There is a period of grace, during which time the Spirit will speak conviction to the person, but if that person rejects the conviction and makes the choice to give in to sin, or even continues to contemplate giving in, then he has exhibited rebellion toward God. He has not pulled up the root of sin in his heart, and he has neglected to do so for the simple reason that he likes it there. He likes it there because he wants an excuse to sin. He wants an excuse to feel that, and tell others that, he just “can’t help but sin”, and thereby, he makes himself a victim who expects to be treated with, not only tolerance, but with extra care and concern and compassion.

No, we are not to treat such people as if they are victims. They’re not. They are rebels. This is, of course, not politically correct even amongst “Christians”, but it should be. If we’d expel the immoral and idolatrous “Christians” from our company, as we’re supposed to, then the foul yeast wouldn’t keep permeating the whole batch! (1 Cor. 5:1-13) The rebels wouldn’t keep influencing, discouraging, and confusing those who had previously been running their race obediently and whole-heartedly.

Can we just see Jesus going up to those people who were using God’s temple for a market, and saying meekly and politely, “Oh, excuse me. Can I say something? I mean, I totally believe that you all need to make a living, and I’m sure God understands that all your hearts are right, but could we consider meeting about this later so as to maybe decide on another spot for the sales?” Good grief. –How not like Jesus such apologetic talk is! Jesus took a whip to those guys, turned over their tables, and ordered them to get out of God’s sacred temple. (John 2:13-16) Yet we have tolerant-of-sin “Christians” telling us that we need to be sweet and understanding toward those who indulge the sinful nature, including toward “Christians” who do so. In actuality, what they’re wanting, in regards to confronting sinners and in their attempt to feel less guilty about their negligence to speak up on behalf of holiness, is for everyone to be as sheepish and spineless as they are! But how un-Christ-like is that?!

Instead, here’s the Truth of it: If a person sins, and then refuses to renounce that sin totally and completely –as Jesus says, a “gouging out of your eye if it causes you to sin” (see Matt. 5:29) type of renunciation– then that person has set his mind on sinful things (Rom. 8:5), is wallowing in spiritual death (v. 6), and operates from a mind that is hostile to God. (v. 7) Such a person is controlled by the sinful nature (v. 8 ), cannot please God (same verse), and will not inherit the Kingdom of God. (Gal. 5:21)

There is no excuse for a “Christian” to indulge the sinful nature. By coming into Christ, that nature was died to (Rom. 6:2,6,7 // Gal. 5:24 // Col. 3:3), and now we live only to please God, not ourselves (2 Cor. 5:15), doing so by our submission to the control of His Spirit at all times (Rom. 8:9) so that Christ can, without hindrance, live His life through us. (Gal. 2:20)

It’s either, or. We are either walking with and working for Christ, or we are exhibiting hostility toward Him. (Matt. 12:30) The difference is proven by whether or not a person has truly clothed himself with Christ (Rom. 13:14), is walking in the Spirit (Gal. 5:16), and is being obedient to His every command. (John 14:15 // Rom. 8:9 // 1 John 2:3-6)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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