P.S. To Mark
October 20, 2014
To Mark at my comment page today,
P.S. If once-sanctified people sin deliberately there is no more sacrifice for sin but only a walk toward Hell. (Heb. 10:26-31) So, when those who believe themselves to be “Christ-followers” sin, how much is the sinning deliberate? For is sin not deliberate if we have neglected to prepare ourselves against it as diligently as would a soldier or an athlete? (2 Tim. 2:4,5) –Or if we have not been training ourselves to be godly (1 Tim. 4:7), have not been putting on the full armor of God (Eph. 6:11), have not been praying in the Spirit (v. 18), and have not been filling ourselves with the knowledge of the Word (Ps. 119:11), all so that temptations to sin (and let’s remember that we’ve already died to sin –Rom. 6:1-7 // Gal. 5:24 // Col. 2:11) can be rejected? Where should the line be drawn concerning willful sin, amounts of sin, and the frequency of sinning?
Jesus says that if we do not remain in Him and His words, we get cut off, we dry up, and we get thrown to the fire. (John 15:1-6) He says we must obey Him to remain in His love (v. 10), revealing that we have a responsibility, and that it is to remain by obeying. But, how much obedience is the required obedience? 100%? Or would 70% be okay? In answering this, should we not take into account that Jesus tells us that in order to belong to Him we must give up everything we have (Luke 14:33) and never look back? (9:62) If Jesus is telling us that we are to give up any relationship to people or possessions that He commands, should not these last two verses remind us that we have already been commanded to completely renounce (give up / die to) any and all our relationship to sin?
Thank you, ahead of time, for your response.