Oct 26

God can do anything! If he says he will “make a way of escape” for every temptation (1Cor 10:13), and that he gives us “all things that pertain unto life and godliness” (2Pet 1:3), then I believe that. If he says that the “abundance of grace” which he offers whereby we “reign in life” is “much more” than the power of “death reigned by one” – then I believe it. When he says that “hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments” and further “he that saith I know him and keepeth not his commandments is a liar”- I accept that.

I accepted these scriptures (and many more) when this wasn’t my experience. It was hard for me to do, but after looking at both positions my faith took ahold and I renounced my life of sinning and repenting, and thus by faith believed in the promises I found in the Bible. I can now identify with these scriptures. I have them working in my life. They are a reality for me. I have experienced a great change in my life!

Some accept Romans 7 as the Christian experience. Where Paul states “the evil which I would not that I do” is held that this is the best a Christian can do. Further, when he states that “I see another law in my members… bringing me into captivity to the law of sin” they agree. When John says “if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves” they agree with that. To some degree I understand why they hold to these positions – as this is their experience.

If Adam and Eve can live sinless lives, I hold it is more than possible for God to clean up people and empower them to live without willful disobedience.

If God had decided to empower man to live free from willful acts of disobedience:

1) Do you think God could?

2) Do you think that God could also empower a person that is saved from committing sin to not be proud about something he has done nothing to receive? If God can empower a person to live obediently, he can empower him to have grace to not be proud in that position.

I think it is rather interesting that God has stated in the Bible that he has done all these things. So the question is… why don’t you accept what God states? Why take the low road? Why stand up for sin in the believer’s life, when sitting in front of you is a clear promise to make a way out? These are questions that you shouldn’t bypass.

Here is the Word of God that will judge you in the last day:

1Co 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

If you don’t think it is possible to live a life free from sin, is it then not the norm for people to fall into sin? And if that is the case, do you think it is the norm to fall into just smaller sins such as anger, a small lie, and lusting in their mind? Or would that include bigger sins?

If God can save us from big sins, why can’t he save us from little sins? Is it that he can’t do it or he wills not to do it? If you answer that God wills not to save from small sins, would you tell me why that would be? Is God so weak that he cannot give the believer enough grace to be free from pride? If so, then he must leave in man that which he claims to have come to destroy – to keep him humble?

These questions are good to meditate on. Don’t go by your experience and bring the Word of God down to match your life experience. Get a hold of what the Word of God teaches and then bring your experience up to the Word. Remember, sin will never enter there and if the blood of Christ can’t or won’t save you from sinning here how to you expect to get into heaven?

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5 Responses to “Questions for Religious Sinners”

  1. 1. John Banman Says:

    Hi Bob, the following portion really smote me. I’ll bring it before the Lord:

    “If you don’t think it is possible to live a life free from sin, is it then not the norm for people to fall into sin? And if that is the case, do you think it is the norm to fall into just smaller sins such as anger, a small lie, and lusting in their mind? Or would that include bigger sins?
    If God can save us from big sins, why can’t he save us from little sins? Is it that he can’t do it or he wills not to do it?”

  2. 2. Pete Siemens Says:

    What of this scripture which speaks of elders “Them that sin rebuke before all” in 1 Tim 5:20 or Peter’s sin of hypocrisy mentioned in Galations 2:11 that Paul withstood him for. Or the sin that is not unto death in 1 John 5:16. Paul mentions in 1 Corinthians 5 that the fornicating man is to be handed over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord, what of this and the many other sins being commited by the Corinthians whom Paul addresses as sanctified in the first chapter.
    Just some thoughts to consider.

  3. 3. Pete Siemens Says:

    God bless you in your ministry brother! I don’t know many saints as dedicated to the Lord’s work as you.

  4. 4. Bob Mutch Says:

    Hi brother Pete,

    1. “Them that sin rebuke before all” 1Tim 5:20. This is speaks of elders rebuking those that have the oversight over but it would also be applicable to all saints including elders. The Bible doesn’t teach that you can’t sin but that it is the Bible standard that you don’t commit willful or known sins. “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not.” (1Joh 2:1).

    That God provides provision in salvation to be free from all willful and known sinning is very clear in the scriptures. 1Cor 10:13, 2Thess 3:3, 2Pet 1:10, and Jude 1:20 just to name a few.

    But if a Christians does live below the Bible standard and spit in God’s face by wallowing in the excrement and barf (2Pet 2:20-22) of the world there is a way back. “And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1Joh 2:1).

    2. “The rest of the Jews joined him in hypocrisy, with the result that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy.” (Gal 2:13 NASB). If Peter’s hypocrisy was willful and not from an honest error in judgment that this is clearly willful and known sin. I would agree that Peter committed willful and known sin when he denied the Lord three times with cursing (Mar 14:71). But in the case at Antioch it could be either willful or unwillful. As we are not able to know the motives of Peter’s heart we must follow 1Cor 13 and give him the benefit of the doubt and “think no evil” (1Cor 3:7) and “believe all things, hope all things” (1Cor 3:7).

    The Jews were very bigoted toward the Gentiles and Peter was brought up in this environment for most of his life. Some came from James, who was the leader of the congregations in Jerusalem, and influenced Peter back toward the way he had been brought up. Should he have known better, yes by all means; did he need to repent from his error and apologize and make things right, by all means; did he commit willful and known sin, I don’t know. But I think I know is I am going to give him the benefit of the doubt.

    Even if Peter had committed a willful and known sin we are not following man but we are following Christ (1Pet 2:21) who did no sin neither was guile found in his mouth. We will follow men (2 Thess 3:7) as long as they follow Christ but when they go off the right path they are no longer our example.

    3. Concerning “them that sin not unto death” (1Joh 5:16). I would see this is a willful and known sin that can be forgiven versus “a sin unto death” of which we are instructed to not pray for. This is state where the Holy Spirit can’t conviction you of your need for salvation. I would view (1Joh 5:16) in the same way I would view the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (Mat 12:31) and those that “fall away” and are “impossible… to renew them again unto repentance” (Heb 6:6).

    I would hold that the Bible teaches this is a state that a person can get themselves into by consistent rejection of God to the point where they have so hardened their hearts that the Holy Spirit can no longer deal with them.

    None can come to Christ except that God draw them by the Spirit (Jn 6:44). If they have so hardened their heart to the point that the Spirit can no longer deal with them, then there is no way for them to be saved.

    In Mat 12:22-32 we have the account where Jesus cast out the devil of a man that was blind and dumb, and healed him. The Pharisees who were present were so deceived and had their hearts so hardened that they could be in the presence of God incarnate, see Him perform a notable miracle of healing, and attribute this to the working of the devil.

    I would hold that the reason there was no forgiveness for this blasphemous state of deception was because the Spirit of God could no longer penetrate their hardened hearts and convict them of their sins.

    Hence, in 1Jn 5:6 we are told that there is no reason to even pray for those who sin a sin unto death.

    In Heb 6:4-6, I would hold that those who have fallen away to the degree that it is impossible to repent have likewise sinned a sin that is unto death and have entered a blasphemous state of deception where the Spirit of God is unable to bring conviction to their hardened hearts.

    I would like to also add that anyone who is in this state will have no concern for their soul at all and will only scoff at the claims and works of Jesus, as did the Pharisees who held Jesus was operating under the power of Beelzebub, the prince of the devils.

    While committing willful or known sin is like a dog going back to its vomit, a pig going back to wallow in the mire (2Pe 2:22), and counting the blood of Christ as an unholy thing (Heb 10:29), if a person will have godly sorrow for their wickedness and repent (2Co 7:10), there is forgiveness (1Jn 2:1).

    4. I would see the wicked person who had his father’s wife (1Cor 5:1-5) as a child of the devil (1Joh 3:8). The congregation was instructed to “put away from among yourselves” (1Cor 5:13) (excommuiate) this person.

    The object of putting this person away was not only for the protection of the congregation (1Cor 5:6) but so that this person would be “saved in the day of the Lord Jesus” (1Cor 5:5).

    Not leaving him in the congregation with a false profession of godliness (2Tim 3:5) and no longer fellowhsipping him but treating him as a “heathen man and a publican” (Matt 18:17) was to have the effect of “deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh” (1Cor 5:5).

    I would understand this to mean that with him no longer being accepted as a Christian, allowed to attend meetings, or fellowshipped by the saints he would be inclined to drop his false profession of salvation and plunge into deeper sin. The hoping being that his sins would cause him to “came [come] to himself” and realize that he was “perish[ing] with hunger” and that at the father’s house there was “bread enough and to spare” (Luk 15:17).

    It would be the decision to “arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee” that would cause him to be “saved in the day of the Lord Jesus” (1Cor 5:5).

    5. Paul’s first letter to Corinth congregation is addressed to “the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus” (1Cor 1:2). Paul charged them with envying, strife, and divions (1Cor 3:3) over their favoring one minister over another.

    Depending how you define sin will determine whether you will view these and the other things the people that Paul was addressed as brethren were doing. Excepting the “person” that was in fornation you will not find one case where Paul charged the congreration with sin.

    I will try to add more to this later if I don’t die first or Jesus doesn’t return.

    Christian love and prayers,

    Bob.

  5. 5. Paul Says:

    Hi, If we accept the belief of sinning more or less, not truly forsaking all iniquity, then we are living an old “Law” lifestyle; we keep sinning, then repenting and crucifying the Son of God afresh (we must have a new sacrifice) putting him to open shame (by having a form of godliness denying the power of deliverance from sin, Matt 1:21, 2 Tim 3:5) Heb:6:6. Some professing Christians may still have the “old Law” stony heart, rather than the “New Law” heart of flesh Ezek. 36:26, 11:19, 2 Cor 3:3. May the Lord write His wonderful law of love in our new heart. Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh Gal 5:16.1 Cor 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! Some thoughts, Paul

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