Testing God, showing Him contempt or neglect, being sexually impure in any way, grumbling, being idolators or revelers… –any such sins can bring us destruction from “the destroying angel” of the Lord. (1 Cor. 10:6-10) No one should think that this does not apply for those in the New Covenant, for this warning is found in the New Testament. As verse 11 tells us, these things, as examples, were written down as admonitions for us, and the next two verses warns us that even if we think we are spiritually strong, falling into sin remains a possibility if we are not careful.

And what happens if we fall into sin and remain there –if we do not repent by renouncing the sin, turning 180 degrees back to Christ, and following Him obediently 24/7? We will be broken off –off from the Vine, off from Christ’s love, off from salvation. (John 15:1-10 // Rom. 11:17-23 // Heb. 10:26-31 // 2 Pe. 2:20-22 // Rev. 3:15,16)

Rom. 11:20-22, another reminder about the Israelites’ sins causing them to be broken off, warns us not to be arrogant but to be afraid (v. 20), “For if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you either.” (v. 21) And why not? Well, how did the Israelites sin? They sinned by not believing God. Even while they worshipped Him and called Him their God, they disregarded His holiness, ignored His commands, and disgraced His name and character which they were supposed to represent.

God is merciful and kind, yes, and many people like to remind themselves of this, even those who keep sinning. But what does Rom. 11:22 say? We read there, “Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in His kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.” Let’s make no mistake about it: If we keep sinning, we are not inside God’s kindness but instead under His wrath. Rom. 2:1-11 is clear when it warns that God will not show favoritism to anyone, and that thus anyone who persists in sin will experience His condemnation. Scripture teaches this Truth repeatedly, such as through Jesus’ words in John 5:29 and Paul’s in Gal. 6:7,8. Yes, even someone who has housed God’s Holy Spirit will be destroyed by God if that person continues to defile himself, God’s dwelling (1 Cor. 3:16,17), or continues to publicly disgrace Christ’s name. (Heb. 6:4-6)

Because Old Testament writings were indeed recorded for our admonition, let’s consider God’s punishment toward the house of Eli, the priest. God told Eli that because Eli’s sons (who also were priests in God’s tabernacle), had continued to dishonor and despise the LORD through their sins, the LORD was breaking His covenant promise with their family. (1 Sam. 2:27-36 & 3:11-14) Truly, the wages of sin, if not renounced and quit, always results in alienation from God, in death, and in eternal banishment to Hell. (Rom. 6:21-23; see also Mt. 13:49,50 and 2 Thes. 1:7-10)

Let us consider what has been written down in the Scriptures and take warning.

with love,


June 7, 2017

“Woe to the complacent… to those who walk in pride.” (See Amos 6:1,8) God hates this attitude and He opposes those who harbor it.

Most of us condemn pride and know that Scripture teaches the importance of humility. 1 Pe. 5:5 is acknowledged as true, even if not adhered to. This verse teaches, “Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but give grace to the humble.'” And verse 6, which comes with a promise, is usually believed also, which states, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.” James 4:6-10 teaches the same and includes the necessity of weeping submission and of choosing and putting forth the effort, ourselves, of washing out our hearts and minds and lives.

Pride is not a pretty thing and most people do recognize this. They do seem to expect that God would detest pride and punish those who conduct themselves with it.

But what about simple complacency and being satisfied with one’s efforts? Do most people see how abhorrent this attitude is in God’s sight? I don’t think so. Even if the world and Christians alike boast about their busyness and what they are doing every day, who actually condemns complacency, especially in themselves? Who falls prostrate before God and asks to be cleansed of their tendency to see themselves as “fine” in God’s sight, as “acceptable” in their walk with Christ? How many “Christians” are striving hard “to live a life worthy of the calling” (Eph. 4:1) by being “humble, gentle, patient, and loving”? (See v. 2) Being found worthy by Christ when He comes is not automatic but is for those who persevere in faith and in obedient fellowship with the Lord. (2 Thes. 1:3-12) Complacency is the enemy of realizing one’s spiritual need. And this is a warning to “Christians”!

Complacency makes a person think they are okay before God even while they are not. Complacency says, “I possess the Truth,” yet the person is walking blind and naked! (Rev. 3:17,18) “Your deeds reveal your staleness,” Jesus says (in essence) in verses 14-16, “and thus I am about to vomit you out of My mouth!” Yes, those lives that do not produce good fruit in accordance with a repentant, purified heart and mind and spirit, will be thrown into the unquenchable fire. (Mt. 3:7-12)

Really? –it’s just about belief and a bit of faith? It’s not. (Ja. 2:14-26) It’s about walking in faith. Progressing in faith. Exhibiting one’s faith by putting Christ’s commands into practice 24/7!

It is deception that tells Christians, “You can sow to please your sinful nature because you are already eternally saved. Nothing you do now will cause you to be rejected from entering Heaven. You are fine.” Wow! Adherents to this philosophy are in for a huge and horrifying shock! For God’s Word tells us, repeatedly, the exact opposite. Like in Gal. 6:7 which warns us of being deceived, of mocking God, and of thinking a man does not reap what he sows. Reaping consequences in this life only? Should we believe “Christians” who insist that this is all it means? No, we can read the very next verse: “The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” (v. 8 ) The contrast is destruction versus eternal life. One cannot reap destruction and then afterward reap eternal life. Truly, it is immensely prideful to think one can do as he pleases and still inherit Salvation.

Jesus warns in Luke 13:3, and again in verse 5, “But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” Absolutely, good fruit must be produced in accordance with repentance exhibited in one’s life (3:7-14), or that branch will be cut off from one’s position in Christ (John 15:2) / one’s position in His love (v. 10), and be thrown to the fire. (v. 6) Do we view the warnings of Jesus with disdain, with complacency, with carefreeness?! How wicked! Jesus tells all those who have sat under His teachings, “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down…” (Luke 21:34) and you will be caught unprepared! (Same verse) Pray, Jesus says, that you will be found worthy of the Escape. (v. 36) Be dressed, lamps burning, and walking the narrow road, Jesus tells us (12:35 // Mt. 7:14,21), for disobedient servants, He warns, will be cut to pieces and condemned with the unbelievers. (Luke 12:46)

Complacency has no place in our hearts and lives. We must take action to root it out. If we do not, it will send us to damnation.

with love,

It can easily be seen at my blog that a few years ago I was pointing in favor to Israeliteindeed’s blog. But when in 2014 she began to aggressively and repeatedly write against the nation of Israel, I had to let it be known that I no longer endorsed her views and her writings.

Last year, though I had not communicated with her personally for two years, I felt the Lord strongly urging me to send her a note of warning. I did so, and the first email below (I use her real name) is what I wrote. She responded with a short email that let me know she was not at all concerned and that others were quite happy with what she was writing.

Less than a month later, still feeling heavily burdened concerning her continued rebellion against the Lord and His Word, I wrote a short comment at her blog asking her why she did not go overseas to minister to Muslims since she seemed so distressed for them. She did not post my comment. However, she did respond with a very lengthy personal email and some photos of her family. I thanked her for sharing and said I would write more later that day, to which she responded with another long email.

The second email below is what I wrote later that evening, and I did so after intense prayer about what to write. Sadly, she responded to this one by letting me know that she had chosen to believe that I spoke, in that email as well as in some exhortations to her years ago, by a spirit not from the Lord. With such a rebuff from her, I did not respond to her again, though needless to say, being that I knew my warnings to her were indeed from the Lord, I felt even greater alarm and sadness for her and her family.

I am certainly not happy to write this post, but it is crucial that it be recognized that God does watch to see that His Word is fulfilled (Jer. 1:12) and to recognize that God is to be feared. (Luke 12:4,5) If a Bible teacher continues to blatantly dismiss the Lord’s clear statements in Scripture even while He brings His servants to warn that teacher, there is only suffering and punishment ahead for that rebellious one. Israeliteindeed has sinned appallingly against God, against His Word, against those she was responsible to be Christ-like toward, and against other teachers who walk in the Truth and work hard to spread the Truth.

When we walk in falsehood and self-righteousness and refuse to listen to the exhortations of those who are walking in the Holy Spirit, we open ourselves up to God’s discipline. If we continue the folly, we slide ourselves backwards under God’s wrath, for in order to remain in Christ and His love we must remain in His Word / in His Truth. (John 15:1-10) Israeliteindeed has turned from this, and has relentlessly tried to get others to deny multitudes of God’s clear statements, particularly regarding the nation of Israel and the End Times.

I do grieve deeply for Israeliteindeed and her family and I have been praying for two years that God spare her (and her family members) from sliding into Hell. Unfortunately, she has so far refused the warnings and discipline God has sent her time and again through others and through circumstances. While pounding away at other people, she has refused to quit her own sins of immense self-righteousness and of blasphemy against God’s Word.

We do, and we will, pray for her husband to be healed from cancer. But Hell is infinitely worse, and Israeliteindeed, a Bible teacher who has twisted the Truth to make falsehoods, has put herself and her hearers in danger of that. (1 Tim. 4:16 // Ja. 3:1) I exhort her to remove all the posts she wrote beginning in the early summer of 2014 through August of 2016. I exhort her to remove all of them so that no more can they influence others to disbelieve Scripture. I strongly believe that only if she will do this, will God bring blessing to her instead of punishment.

Here are the two emails:

[7/9/16 at 11:24 a.m.]
I have read all your posts and am continually grieved. This morning I was very surprised to feel a strong impression from the Lord to write to you a personal note exhorting you to reevaluate your own heart and spirit. After praying, I asked the Lord to confirm in His Word if this was from Him. He did, for when I got my Bible, I opened right to Ezek. 18:24 which says, “But if a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits sin and does the same detestable things the wicked man does, will he live? None of the righteous things he has done will be remembered. Because of the unfaithfulness he is guilty of and because of the sins he has committed, he will die.” Then immediately I saw 20:4 where God commands, “Then confront them…” Truly, your writings are not Life. They are full of anger and self-righteousness and blindness; they are, with the exception of a small bit, not of the Spirit but are instead coming from your own energy, heart, and spirit. You are falling from the Lord and His Truth. Accusing America and others of it, you are continuing your own slide toward apostasy.

I urge you to take this warning very seriously as from the Lord, which it is. We will all, before the Judge on that Final Day, be giving an account of ourselves, including the attitudes of our heart, and the words we have said and written.


[Written: 8/4/16 at 10:46 p.m.]
I woke up this last Sunday morning with you heavy on my mind –a burden from the Lord. While reading my Bible, first thing as I always do, God had me turn also to Isa. 44:21-23. Verse 22 especially jumped out at me. So I started my latest post with it, and after working on it off and on every day since Sunday, I finally finished it last night. Being you and I had corresponded, I’d also been praying throughout the day about how to respond to your long email. As I got into bed and prayed one last time about it, I heard, “Tell her, ‘Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.'” It was very, very clear.

This morning I prayed again and kept feeling it was the same answer, though it seemed the Lord was going to give me more to say to you as well. However, being He also suddenly compelled me to go witnessing downtown, I had to put off writing you back. Hence the short note this morning.

I appreciate you sharing with me the things you’ve shared in your emails this week and I am very grieved for you. After reading your email below after getting home from witnessing today, and then spending time in the Word, I went back and read some of the email you wrote to me in Dec. of ’09 where you shared about yourself, your childhood, and your turn to the Lord.

I need to tell you that during that couple of hours this afternoon in the Word, and asking the Lord for what to say to you, I heard way, way more than I expected. I asked for confirmation concerning things I’d heard from Him about you earlier this week, last week, and over the last two years, and the Lord responded today by booming them at me loudly through His Word. I was almost shaking, was having trouble breathing I was so upset, I had tears rolling down profusely, and I had to finally get up and walk around for a bit before I could continue.

I will tell you what I heard, but I do think it best if you not share our discussion with the friend who advised you to block me. I have never blocked anyone in my life, either at my blog, phone, or email, as I believe that is cowardly and immature. There are other ways to tell someone we don’t wish to correspond with them anymore. “Those who oppose us we are to gently instruct” (see 2 Tim. 2:25), not block them because they rebuke us using the Word of God.

It is God’s deep and faithful love that compels us to keep trying to woo people to Him and His Truth. Again when I say it to you from Him I get tears: “Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.”


Here is Israeliteindeed’s post yesterday:

with love,

Speak Out About Abuse

December 15, 2016

At this Christmas season, when parties are abundant, as well as eggnog and the anticipation of cheer given and received by those whom we believe share our affection, lies a terrible reality for many. It is called domestic abuse. Please view this about one beautiful woman:

Though there certainly are men in the world who are abused by their wives or their children, it is, for the most part, men who are abusing their wives and/or children. This is therefore not “a women’s issue”, as if men are allowed to tune out when abuse is spotlighted, but instead it is primarily “a man’s issue”. In other words, there is something terribly wrong with the majority of men and their culture rather than women and children being the ones to blame. Please watch this:

Since even the strongest and most successful of women can be abused by their husbands, society needs to better inform itself as to why women stay with their abusers. Please watch this:

Abuse, particularly wife abuse, is rampant. For many it is not cheer and warmth and love and security that surrounds this Christmas season, or any season, but instead cursing, lies, threats, screaming, and violence.

Let us help stop the terror by exposing it, by asking that good men take a stand against their culture’s status quo, and by holding abusers accountable for their words and actions.

with love,

Day before yesterday (Thursday) I stopped at an animal feed and tack store I used to go to back in the 90s –back before we moved away, along with our horses, to the country for 14 years. Since we moved back over two years ago, I’ve driven by there quite a few times, but, being we no longer have horses, I’d not stopped there. However, over the last few months, the store seemed to “jump out at me” when I’d pass on that freeway, and I felt burdened for the owner (I’ll call him Ron for privacy reasons) who I used to repeatedly witness to. I wondered if I should stop and try to witness to him again, but then I felt that he had likely died, was in a nursing home, or just wasn’t working anymore. I mean, I remembered that he’d said he was 71 years old the last time I’d stopped by there, and that was about nine years ago. Besides, why try to witness to him again since the last few times I’d tried, he had seemed to be more and more vehement against the Truth to the point that he would not even entertain the idea that God exists. In fact, when I’d reminded him that he’d told me years before that he’d been planning, at one time in the early part of his life, to be a preacher, he acted as if his notion had been one of imbecility.

Well, so, two days ago, being that I’d not found an item at Home Depot that I wanted, I decided to try this feed store. I went in and saw a man who had worked there back in the 90s, so I right away asked how he was, how his dad was (fine, was the answer), and then about Ron. The answer shocked me: “He passed away two months ago.” I couldn’t believe it. Just two months ago? If I’d stopped by earlier this year, I could’ve witnessed to him! He may have had a chance to repent. Did he repent? Maybe. So I asked, “Did he ever turn to God? I’m the one who used to always preach at him.”

The man shook his head and said that no, he didn’t think so. I was crushed. I had prayed for Ron many, many times for years and years. I’d witnessed to him often. I’d tried to reason with him.

When I was leaving, I talked to another worker who was driving the feedbag lift. He told me some of the details and also about Ron’s wife of 62 years (who I’d also spoken to about God sometimes). “She’s upstairs. Go up and talk with her.” So I did and I learned more –that Ron had actually had a stroke on Jan. 18th at work –at the feed store– but hadn’t died until early April. I also learned that he did not repent in the least. The other details I won’t repeat because they weren’t pretty and it all was in stark contrast to the several godly people I’ve watched deteriorate and die over the last few years.

I felt sick, devastated, and wanted to cry when I left the feed store and the next morning I did cry hard, thinking again about how a soul, whom I felt had been (partly) my assignment, was in Hell. I also thought about how I’d read Ezek. 33:1-20 early Thursday morning about our responsibility to warn others, despite their response, so that their blood would not be on our head.

I’m not saying I felt overwhelmed with guilt; just mostly extreme sadness. For truly I had tried hard when I used to shop there, and I do believe there is a time to “shake the dust off…” (Luke 9:5) Even my husband, when I told him Thursday evening about Ron’s death and that I wished I’d witnessed to him one last time, immediately said, “He wouldn’t have listened.” Maybe it was the Holy Spirit saying this to me through him to comfort me. Because it’s exactly what I heard in my spirit when I drove away from the feed store deeply distressed that I’d not visited sooner. I don’t know. But just in case… Just in case, if I had stopped by even after his stroke, I think I would’ve tried to visit him at the hospital and witness to him again. I know that the Lord, because of His tender-loving-mercy, wanted that sinful man redeemed back! Was he like the prodigal son, but one who never returned? It is heart-breaking to think of Ron in Hell now. How enormous his regret must be!

Well, the next day, (yesterday) I went witnessing at the bus and train stops, and as usual, I had many excellent conversations. But one, the last one, and which lasted two hours, was an extra-special comfort and privilege for me from the Lord. The guy was so hungry for the Word of God and every time he asked a question, the verses just spilled out of my mouth so fast I really couldn’t even say all the ones that were coming to my mind to give him as answers. This man (whom I’ll call Dwight) was so excited the whole time and so eager and so repentant. Halfway through, he told me some of his story and pointing to the hospital band on his wrist, he told me that he has lung cancer but wants badly to serve the Lord in the remaining time he has left. It was my sign, “Christ’s cross doesn’t cover a continuation in sin. (Heb. 10:26-31)” that he said struck him when he saw it and made him suddenly desperate to be right with the Lord.

What a privilege and comfort the Lord was giving me through Dwight, for as we conversed, I heard the Lord’s soft voice reminding me that although my efforts hadn’t saved Ron from Hell, my efforts were turning this man, Dwight, from his careless path toward Hell. How compassionate God is! Even now, I get tears.

Dwight was so appreciative of my efforts. He kept thanking me for my time and I kept telling him that it was an honor to discuss God’s Word with someone so receptive. He said that he’d been on his way to talk with someone at the hospital about his soul as it regarded his likely imminent death, but that this conversation had been just what he needed. For though he said he’d always had a love for God and His Word, he had been living sinfully, believing that he was safe to sin. How thankful he said he was that the Lord had allowed him to see the Truth before it was too late!

And I’m thankful too. Very thankful.

What if I’d not gone witnessing yesterday? What a huge blessing I would have missed. And what would Dwight have missed? Heaven? Only the Lord knows.

But I have to also ask, what if I would have gone to the feed store over the last nine years? Could I have persuaded Ron to turn from his sins and hand his life over to Christ?

“When I [God] say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade him from his ways, that wicked man will die for [in / because of] his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. But if you do warn the wicked man to turn from his ways and he does not do so, he will die for [in / because of] his sin, but you will have saved yourself.” (Ezek. 33:8,9)

This post isn’t about if I’ve saved myself by having witnessed enough. It’s about not forgetting to do all that can be done to save others from Hell.

with love,

While witnessing downtown yesterday, a young man approached me, asking about how to live righteously. After several minutes of encouraging and exhorting him, through which he listened earnestly and asked more questions, he then asked me how he could defeat his problem with lust. Since I’d already spoken about the spiritual tools and weapons that God’s Word tells us have been provided for followers of Christ, I brought up that one initial, basic step is to stop watching most of what is on T.V. He agreed that this (supposedly) acceptable activity was definitely an avenue of inciting lust.

Since the sin of lust is a huge factor in bringing one’s fellowship with the Holy God to a screeching halt, and is often the main hindrance to one’s ability to even begin to approach Christ or follow Him, lust needs to be renounced and rejected, even in its slightest forms. God’s Word commands that we not participate in coarse joking (Eph. 5:4) nor in any hint of impurity (v. 3), including in our own homes. (Ps. 101:2) This involves not setting before our eyes any vile thing (v. 3) and holding to a contract with our eyes not to look at any other person lustfully. (Job 31:1 // Mt. 5:28,29) (I am not talking about appropriate, loving desire for one’s spouse.)

Jesus has strong words concerning those who engage in lust. He says it is adultery and that if it is not completely rooted out from the heart, it will send a person to Hell. (Mt. 5:27-30) This is plain language from Jesus, and we do everyone an enormous disservice if we not often reiterate His warning, especially to young people before they become adapted to the culture’s portrayal that lust is normal.

“But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Jesus’ warning in Mt. 5:28) This lust can happen and grow as one walks in stores or on a sidewalk, conducts business, listens to certain music, or watches anything unapproved by God. Therefore, as Jesus continues, “If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away, for it is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into Hell.” (v. 29)

Fundamental steps in gouging out lust may very well be to unplug the T.V. and put it in a closet to be used only for special family viewings that enrich the mind of Christ we are to have, guard, and maintain. (1 Cor. 2:16 // Col. 3:2) This we will want to do if we fill our minds with God’s Holy Word which, if taken to heart, enables us to discern between good and evil (Heb. 5:13,14) and in how to utilize the freedom and power we’ve been given (Rom. 1:16 // 2 Pe. 1:3,4) in making the continued, deliberate choice to reject everything that could trip us up in our walk of fellowship with the Lord. (Heb. 12:1 // John 15:1-10 // 1 John 1:5-7)

God in no way tolerates the sin of lust –in any form. It is to be eradicated from our lives forever, or it will send the participant to Hell. All Christ-followers need to acknowledge this, teach this, and themselves, while also expecting others to do so, live accordingly.

with love,

Rom. 7:7-25 is a passage which many use when they teach that Christians (who they acknowledge as being Christ-followers) will continue to sin. They claim that, yes, even as we are submitting to Christ, we will, in our sinful nature, be submitting (uncontrollably sometimes and deliberately at other times) to sin. These teachers, in spite of what verses 24 and 25 actually state (as well as what the next two verses, 8:1,2, state) –that Jesus has rescued us from the law of sin and death– they often finish their declaration by quoting the last part of verse 25 as if it supports their doctrine. It doesn’t.

If we read Rom. 7:24,25 directly from the Greek/English Interlinear, with no words added or omitted, it reads like this: “O wretched man I am! Who will deliver me out of the body of this death? Thanks, moreover, to God through Jesus Christ, the Lord of us! So then, I myself, with the mind, indeed serve God’s law; but flesh, law of sin.”

These two verses conclude the passage about humankind’s struggle with sin by giving the answer for it. The answer, these two verses tell us, is Jesus! The answer is that Jesus has rescued us from the law of sin and its realm of death! Rom. 8:1,2 repeat this wonderful news: Those abiding in Christ Jesus are no longer under condemnation from God, because, through Christ, the Spirit of Life has set us free from the law of sin and death. Verses 3 and 4 in ch. 8 go on to affirm that God’s moral law, which in ch. 7 is described as good yet impotent in delivering us from sin’s power, can be met (conformed to / followed / obeyed) by those who live by the Spirit! Scripture confirms this doctrine repeatedly (such as in Rom. ch. 6, Gal. 5:16, Col. 2:11,12 & 3:1-3, 1 John 3:6-10, etc).

Instead of Rom. 7:7-25 being a supporting passage for the doctrine that Christ-followers will, until physical death, continue struggling in (with / against) sin –thereby continuing to be wretched (corrupt / pathetic / wicked / sinful) people, this passage draws a word picture that proclaims how wonderful our emancipation from sin is! It is describing that in ourselves, being yet separated from the Deliverer, we are “unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.” (v. 14) Indeed, we cannot carry out the good we want to do (v. 18,19) because the flesh –our own being without Christ– has already been claimed by the evil one, worked on by him to become increasingly decayed and corrupted, and are thus, along with him, under condemnation, the death realm, and Hell. We are prisoners of the law of sin which is abiding and at work within us. (v. 18,21-23) However! This horrid situation is not the reality for the person abiding in Christ!

Instead, Romans chapter 7, as well as the two chapters surrounding it (chapters 6 and 8), are proclaiming to us the Good News of Deliverance! Rom. 7:6 says that “by dying to what once bound us… we serve in the new way of the Spirit…” which means to be controlled by the Spirit alone. (8:9) Truly we have “died to sin” (6:2) and so cannot live in sin any longer (same verse), nor any longer be controlled by the sinful nature (7:5), for we have crucified our old self by being united with Christ. (6:5-7 & 8:13) This is the Christ-follower’s reality, for we “have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.” (6:18) Although we used to offer ourselves to sin (sinfulness), we do so no longer (v. 19) for we have been freed up to be controlled by righteousness –which leads to holiness. (same verse) Therefore, instead of reaping death (v. 21) because of sin’s subjugation of us (v. 20), we now, because we “have become slaves to God” (v. 22), reap holiness (same verse), with the result being eternal life! (same verse)

Rom. 6:16 tells us plainly that we are slaves to the one we obey. It says that if we obey sin (if we commit sin), we bear fruit for death, whereas if we follow obedience, we walk the path of righteousness. Doing righteousness reaps holiness (v. 22) and eternal life (same verse), as I’ve already pointed out, and this is the only way to abide in and with the Lord. (Heb. 12:14 // 1 John 3:10,24)

Let’s again look at Rom. 7:24,25 from the Greek/English Interlinear: “O wretched man I am! Who will deliver me out of the body of this death? Thanks, moreover, to God through Jesus Christ, the Lord of us! So then, I myself, with the mind, indeed serve God’s law; but flesh, law of sin.” Someone may say that the word “indeed” in the last sentence should be changed around so that it says, “So then, I myself, indeed with the mind, serve God’s law; but flesh, law of sin.” That’s okay. But these are the only two ways I believe it could be said if we do not add or omit any words.

So, does Rom. 7:25 say that those serving God’s law are also, with another part of their being, serving the sinful nature remaining within them? No, but many people read the extra in. Is the verse teaching that delivered (saved) people serve God and serve sin? It’s not. Does this verse, along with verse 24, tell us that Jesus delivers us from sin? Yes. So can verse 25 legitimately be used as support in declaring, “I’m saved, but I’m still a slave to my sinful nature”? No, it cannot, and the Greek shows it. Even so, this, or close to this, is how several Bible versions render the last sentence of the chapter: “So then with my mind I serve the law of God, but with my sinful nature, I serve the law of sin.” (Some have “flesh” rather than “sinful nature”.) Either way, the translators are adding words to say what the text is absolutely not saying. The NLT says, “So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.” Wow. Now that’s called paraphrasing the Greek according to one’s bias!

Rom. 7:7-25 needs to be read in its context. And if any statement seems to be contradicting other statements from God’s Word –especially within a verse of each other! –then we should interpret it in light of the rest of Scripture, compare different translations, and even look up how it is worded in the original Greek –things biblehub, by the way, makes available for internet users. (For this post, I began here: )

Let’s not let our biases dictate for us how we interpret the Word of God. Regarding Rom. 7:24,25, therefore, as well as the whole often-misrepresented chapter, let’s teach it correctly –that Jesus has delivered us from our servitude to sin –from struggling with it, obeying it, committing it.

Then we can progress into holiness (Heb. 6:1) and focus on encouraging one another in how to abide in our Deliverer proactively (John 15:1-10) –that it happens by feeding on the Word (6:53-63) and walking in the Spirit (Gal. 5:16) through praise, prayer, and doing what He commands.

with love,