Can A Christian Live a Life Of Sin?

I want to talk about sin and whether one can live a life of sin. I was speaking with my kids bout this the other day. There are plenty of people who go to church and call Christ Savior and Lord, but when you look at their lives, its evident that they do not love God.  Christians make it easy to become a Christian. Jews make it hard – the story goes that if you go to a Rabbi to become a Jew, he will slam the door in your face. You have to go three times to ask to become Jewish before he will begin speaking with you about it. The difference is commitment. 67% of people attending church do NOT know that faith in Christ as Son of God sent to pay for our sins as our Lord and Savior is what’s needed to be saved and gain entrance to heaven. Others who DO know that are simply making professions of faith but have no evidence of that faith – we are teaching people to pray a simple prayer to go heaven. But no where in scripture does it say we are to pray a prayer to go to heaven. According to Paul in Acts, 26:20,  we’re supposed to REPENT, turn to God, and have deeds appropriate to repentance. To be a Christian involves following Christ – believing in Him and obeying God.

To start, let’s look at what God said sin is:

Romans 14:23 But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.

1 John 5:17 All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

As for living a lifestyle of sin and claiming Christ as Savior, Christ said in Matthew 7:21-23,

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

Jesus said in John 14:23-24,

23 Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

Paul said in Acts 26:20,

First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles also, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.

James, the brother of Jesus said in James 2:14-17,

What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

Peter and other apostles said, Acts 5:29,

Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

The author of Hebrews said in Hebrews 5:9,

And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

Jesus said this about the greated commandments in Matthew 22:36-39:

36″Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

John wrote in 1 John 3:7-10,

Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. 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; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.

John 14:21

Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”

People who don’t come to church but are on the rolls have made professions of faith but have no evidence of faith. Either they aren’t saved to begin with or have never been discipled, or have been severely hurt by the church. Either way, its OUR jobs to go to people who have claimed to be Christian and help them either heal or to come to know Christ for REAL so there is eveidence of saving faith in their lives.

The Christian supposed to love and obey. If you say you love, but you do not obey, then its not true love, because you love yourself more than God. We must love GOD more than anything and anyone – including ourselves, and we must obey him. We must love. Thi means helping others; it means confronting them gently with truth. It means not condoning bad behavior or a bad condition of heart; it means not judging the person to be bad or beneath you but to judge the behavior and evidence of the condition of their heart. But we need to disciple people, to grow them up.

But ultimately, we have to love (God and our brothers) and obey (God).

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12 Responses

  1. Great post, Wb. I don’t understand the need to constantly reclassify sin. Christ came to call us from our sins, not allow us to reside there.

  2. What gets me is the people who call Christ their savior but never repent and turn to God and show deeds appropriate to repentance. They think saying a prayer is sufficient. It is more than enough, if they have true faith, but its not if its not real faith. This is why James said that faith must have deeds to be living faith.

  3. Yup. Better yet, the excuse of ‘it’s natural’. Yeah… so what? Christ never said to be natural, but called us to be spiritual.

  4. And amen to that.

    ‘God made me this way…’

    You know, we could spend all day spouting the excuses of sin (I have a new ox)… And people do.

    Yet, if only they would take the time to understand the beauty of salvation, the glory of Christ, and what life is supposed to be like…

  5. I can understand that – of course, that is a generic excuse when all others fail, ain’t it?

  6. It does reflect Christianity as a culture (I believe in Jesus generically and attend church occasionally) and not a life-style (I am committed). Of course, even the cultural seems to be losing ground.

    I have thought about blaming “the church” for not teaching more, better, deeper. For falling so prey to the seeker-sensitive movement that history and accountability are lost. But the fact of the matter is that anyone who has a desire can know. It seems more and more just don’t wanna.

    It’s so good to see you blogging again!

  7. Hi Bitsy. Thanks.

    But I have to ask, what do you mean, that you believe in Jesus generically?

    The church HAS fallen down on the job in its teaching, as well as in welcoming all who claim Christ but may or may not have ever repented. I think it has to do with not wanting to judge people, and wanting numbers, but I haven’t studied it, so its just a guess.

  8. I used these two statements(I believe in Jesus generically and attend church occasionally) VS (I am committed) to represent two reasons people claim Christianity. By generically – I meant without the saving grace. They believe in the concept of Jesus without believing in Him, on Him. And I truly believe many think that’s all it takes.

    Yes, I agree that the church has not done it’s job appropriately and that is due to the things you mentioned. This all-welcoming attitude has changed the nature of the church in general to a social institution. We have got to return to blatant Scripture teaching.

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