The Popular, But Illegitimate, Excuse

October 26, 2013

“The devil made me do it.” Isn’t this a favorite excuse among many, even many who claim to be following Jesus? However, it is not a legitimate excuse for true believers. For believers are those who believe Jesus’ words. Believers are those who believe the Gospel –the Gospel of freedom. Believers are those who have received forgiveness of sin because they have, by their faith and their choice, turned “from the power of Satan to God.” (Acts 26:18)

If someone has not turned from the power of Satan to God, that person is not free from Satan, is he? If he is not free from Satan, then he does not belong to Christ. He still belongs to the devil. He is still the devil’s child. “This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God…” (1 John 3:10) Therefore anyone who does what is sinful is of the devil. (v. 8 )

Anyone who lives righteously, anyone who does what is right, has been enabled to do so because he has been born of God. (1 John 2:29) Because he has the Spirit of Christ within him, such a person is done with sin (3:9 // 1 Peter 4:1) and lives only for the will of God. (1 Peter 4:2) He is a slave of God’s (Rom. 6:22) and thus a slave to righteousness. (v. 18) Free from the power of Satan, such a person has been freed up to walk in the power of God.

Walking in the power of God brings victory. –Victory over everything of the world. (1 John 5:4) –Victory over everything not of God. This victory leads to a life and lifestyle of holiness, which then results in eternal life. (Rom. 6:22)

Anyone who says that the devil makes them sin is a person who remains unaware, or in denial, of what the Word of God teaches concerning the freedom Christ bought for us. Walking in slavery to the devil is not freedom. But “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” (Gal. 5:1) This is the Good News, but it must be believed and lived out. This is why the rest of that verse says, “Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Whether it be law, the world, Self, sin, or the devil, none are to master us, or even affect us. The Lord who bought us is the only One who is to be our Master. And a servant cannot serve two masters. (Luke 16:13)

So, when we hear someone excuse their sin with, “The devil made me do it”, then for that person’s own eternal good, we should point out to him that those who are born of God have been delivered from the devil’s power. (1 John 5:18,19) And we should add, if someone has not been delivered, then his sins have not been forgiven (Acts 26:18), and he has not yet received a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Christ. (same verse) In other words, he is not yet saved. Let’s, therefore, be honest with people and stop helping them deceive themselves into Hell.

with love,

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