No Need To Give Up Sin?

February 17, 2013

Friends,
I very strongly suggest that everyone get on their knees and call out to God that He reveal to them the Truth. For lies are growing powerful, idolatrous towers in the land and people are bowing to them as if discernment is not important. Will God answer a cry for Truth? Will He answer a person’s request that He give them discernment? Of course. But there are things we must do, and these include turning from ALL sin and waiting in the Lord’s presence daily with humility, patience, gratefulness, and praise, listening for His voice of instruction, viewpoint, and doctrine.

We certainly all should know from where God has chosen to primarily speak from. It is from His Word. (Heb. 1:2 w/ John 1:1,14,17) He speaks by His Spirit, to our spirit, from the Word of God. But, because most people refuse to get into the Word and study it diligently, they have much lack of discernment, wisdom, guidance, and holiness. Because they refuse to obey this command of the Lord, should they wonder why God does not speak to them, help them, or answer their prayers? Why should He? He is under no obligation to the disobedient. (Ps. 50:16,17 & 66:18 // Prov. 28:9)

Jesus has told us to abide in Him and His words that we may be clean and receive what we ask for. (John 15:3,7) He has told us that unless we continually draw from Him, the Vine, and eat Him, we can do nothing, neither do we have life in us. (6:53) This includes no eternal life (6:64), for unfruitful branches are cut off (15:2), thrown away to wither and then tossed into the fire. (15:6)

However, the masses, including most who claim to follow Christ, do not believe this. Instead, they think they are safe to sin and sin, –oh, as long as, of course, they are also doing some “good” things for Jesus. Well, this is the righteousness that is as filthy rags (see Isa. 64:5-7’s context!) –the faith, worship, and service that is useless and unable to save. (Mark 7:6,7 // 1 Cor. 15:2 // James 2:14-26) It is the false righteousness that cleans the outside of oneself to be seen by men as holy, but which allows greed, hypocrisy, stinking filth, and self-indulgence to remain within. (Matt. 23:25-28) Such whitewashed corpses may be pretending to listen to Christ, or even be preaching for Him, but, deceiving others as well as (maybe) themselves, they are absolutely not putting His words into practice. (7:21-27) Such fools’ lives will be demolished, their souls sent to Hell. (7:23,27 & 23:33) For as Jesus warns, all who commit sin (5:30), even if it’s “just” in the mind and heart (5:29), as well as all who cause sin (13:41,42 & 18:7-9), will be thrown into the fires of Hell. (same verses)

Remember John 14:6? Yes, many of us have that one memorized. Jesus says there, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Now here is what a very well-known “Christian” preacher and author writes after quoting that verse: “Is there any hope for lost sinners? Yes, Christ. Not Christ and the church. Not Christ and good works. Not Christ and sincerity. Not Christ and giving up your sins. Not Christ and trying real hard. Not Christ and baptism, Christ and christening, Christ and morality, or Christ and a good family. No! Christ PERIOD!” That is what this famous preacher / pastor / author has written.

See, this is the problem we have in Christianity: Blatantly rebellious, extremely false, and antichrist doctrine. Look again at what he said. Notice how he twists the Truth, and then twists it badly. Jesus is indeed the only hope for sinners and the only way to God. However, what he apparently does not understand, is that when sinners make the decision to repent, believe, and step into Christ, they are undergoing a washing away of sin. (Heb. 10:22 // 1 Peter 3:18,21 // 1 John 1:9 & 3:5,6)

Submitting to Christ’s powerful and adequate washing, does most certainly mean (if the person is sincere) that he is making the pledge to renounced his sins, is turning his back on all sin, and is giving up his sins. He is severing himself from sin through the power of Christ’s blood, and is henceforth freed from sin, dead to sin, and done with sin. (Rom. 6:2,6,7,11 // 1 Peter 4:1) If a person comes to believe that Jesus is God yet chooses to not give up his sins, then that sinner is not repenting, and he is not then stepping into Christ, but is left outside of Christ. He has kept himself from belonging to Christ, and is therefore, unsaved. He has believed in Christ as the demons do. (Luke 4:33-35 // James 2:19) Consequently, how someone could teach that we come to the Father through Christ, but that sincerity is not a necessary part of that, is ludicrous! Does the Lord accept a person who clings to hypocrisy?! Does He accept those who, though they claim to know Christ, are deliberately disobedient? No, for all through Scripture we are told that disobedience forfeits our safe position in Him. (Matt. 18:32-34 // John 15:10 // Heb. 4:11 & 10:26-31 // 2 Thes. 1:8,9 // Titus 1:16 // 2 Peter 2:20-22 & 3:17 // 1 John 2:4 & 3:10,24 // Rev. 3:5,15,16 // etc.)

What wicked doctrine it is to preach that we can have peace with God through Christ without repentance –without a giving up of sin! Repentance is not, as many teach, a “change of mind” only. Repentance is a change of mind about a direction –a firm and final change of direction– and an acting out of that decision. It does not merely entail the sole minute it takes to pray the prayer of confession, or the year that a person feels like being “in love” with Jesus, but it involves forever. Repentance is to have a funeral for Self, lay all the world and sin and self-rule behind, make Jesus one’s Lord and Boss, and follow Him only. Repentance is a total, complete, thorough, and final life-change. What part of this description by Jesus in Luke 14:25-35 (and elsewhere) is not understood?!

The faithful follower of Christ will walk in the Light. (1 John 1:7) By doing so, he, a branch of the Vine, will continue to be purified and cleansed by that Vine. (same verse // John 13:8-10) He will not walk in the darkness of sin, but be instead abiding in the Truth and in the Light of Life. (John 8:12 // 1 John 1:5-7) He will thus keep in step with the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:25) and so do good works in the will of the Lord (1 Peter 4:2,10), with zeal, effort (see tomorrow’s post), sincerity, and with correct moral choices. (Compare this with the false teacher’s words above.)

Well, the distortions continue as the twisting of the Truth becomes ever-increasingly accepted. However, the wickedness and deceptions could be halted if God’s people would simply obey God. –That is, if they would repent of their own rebellion, get on their knees, call out to God for Truth and purity, and consistently feed off the Book of Truth where God speaks.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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