Deliberate Sin Versus Unintentional Sin
February 17, 2015
Earlier this month someone asked me, via email, if I believe that deliberate sin is different than unintentional sin. Here is the response I gave:
About deliberate sin versus unintentional: I certainly believe it is different in God’s eyes. Read Num. 15:30,31 and notice that to sin defiantly (and doesn’t deliberate sin equate with rebellion?) is to blaspheme God, despise His Word, and break His commands (like in committing a crime against the Law of Holiness). The penalty is to be cut off from fellowship, die, and to remain under the charge of being guilty (as in not pardoned). Pardon (and cleansing) come only to those who renounce and forsake their sins. (Isa. 55:7 // 1 John 1:5-9) This doctrine is also supported by Heb. 10:26-31, as I often quote.
Furthermore, to know the good we ought to do and not do it is to sin. (Ja. 4:17) Those who DO do what is right prove they are born again/anew/of God. (1 John 2:29) Conversely, “Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God.” (3:10) We all know right versus wrong because God has put a conscience (which instinctively knows His moral laws) into everyone. (Rom. 2:15,16) The Royal Law of Love (Ja. 2:8) which is the Law of the universe, made by Him who is Love (1 John 4:16), is to love God and one’s neighbor as one’s self. (Mt. 22:37-40 // Gal. 5:14) That is to do right. (Ja. 2:8 again) For “love is the fulfillment of the Law.” (Rom. 13:10) –To love through the control of the Spirit. (Rom. 8:9)
Even when sinning people think they are not deliberately sinning, they usually are. They cannot blame addictions, saying, “I can’t help it”, or blame the devil, or whoever. They must blame themselves. They are the ones who should have taken the steps to get out of the places and situations that tempted them to sin. They are the ones who are required to seek God, His Word, and His Spirit, and so that they can get the power to not sin and the increased knowledge of how to remain strong. However, many tend toward the opposite –suppressing the Truth by their wickedness (Rom. 1:18) until they become increasingly hardened in their ignorance and thus unable to be sensitive to God’s convicting Holy Spirit. (Eph. 4:17-19) Their punishment is more delusion and then condemnation. (2 Thes. 2:10-12)
Love & prayers,