You Can’t Stop Sinning

WILL GAYS GO TO HEAVEN?

The serious error in believing and/or teaching that a person must stop sinning deserves, not only a special Chapter, but a distinctive position on the Menu. Nobody can stop sinning unless they are dead or brain dead, and to proclaim something fraudulent usually chases people from Jesus.

If you reject Christianity, reject it for legitimate reasons – not because of false teaching. To get you started learning truth we are presenting a few pages of Chapter 11 from the book WILL GAYS GO TO HEAVEN? If you want to know more, please order the book now.

Chapter 11

 

You Can’t Stop Sinning

 

According to the Scriptures, it is impossible to live without sinning.

As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteousnot even one.” Romans 3:10

If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. 1 John 1:8

If possible to live a sinless life, then Jesus Christ died for nothing!

I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die. Galatians 2:21

Needlessly, most believers periodically punish themselves for the inability to stop sinning. We were born with the predisposition to live a flawed life. Even the Apostle Paul, possibly the greatest Christian of all time, struggled with sin.

So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Romans 7:14-24

Give yourself permission to sin — a little

WOW! I’ll bet my statement to give yourself permission to sin will drive some of you religious nuts crazy. If we do not allow ourselves some latitude as weak humans, we will end up on the couch of a shrink, who will give us a prescription to treat depression and anxiety, accompanied by a second prescription for the side effects of first prescription, plus a third prescription for the side effects of the second prescription. We must allow ourselves to be human, and to accept Jesus’ free gift of grace! That is why he died.

“Be a sinner and sin strongly, but more strongly have faith and rejoice in Christ.” Martin Luther (1483-1546)

We are all weak, so we all sin. Luther’s point is not whether sin is OK, but whether sin is a real fact. Luther is acknowledging the reality that most people, including Christians, struggle with some sort of sinful behavior repeatedly. Luther is reminding us that God’s grace is greater than our sins.

A license to sin?

God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. Romans 5:20 (Emphasis added by me.)

The passage above makes it clear that God’s grace is greater than our sins. But, that does not mean we should sin more.

Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.

Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.

Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.

Because of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy.

When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. And what was the result? You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:1-23

Paul is not advocating sinful behavior, but suggesting we think of our sinful life as dead and buried.

Too much freedom has consequences

“So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.” John 8:36, Jesus’ words

Habitual sinning is ignoring the Holy Spirit who lives in each Christian. Don’t be stupid and allow your freedom to hurt yourself or others.

You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything. 1 Corinthians 6:12

You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial. 1 Corinthians 10:23

Jesus Christ is the answer for sins

Christian salvation does not depend on our lack of sin, or our good works. Salvation is entirely a product of God’s grace.

Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. 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. Romans 7:25

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit. Romans 8:1-4

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. Ephesians 2:8-9

For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time. Hebrews 10:10

Jesus became sin

The Bible teaches that Jesus took all of our sins to the Cross in his body. Christ became sin for us so we would have absolute righteousness. This is called justification, and it is what saves a person from eternal damnation. When we are justified, it means that we are made righteous through grace because of the Blood of Christ. The Christian’s righteousness is imputed (credited) by God because of his love for us. It is free and is not earned. It is by grace alone that we are justified, and the Bible says it has nothing to do with our behavior.

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)

He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. Colossians 2:14

Guilt-filled Christian lives are the result of not understanding the truth. Guilt is a tool of Satan. The truth is that God does not remember our sins because they were nailed to the Cross with Jesus!

But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.Romans 3:21-22

“Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin.” Romans 4:7-8

 And since it is through God’s kindness, then it is not by their good works. For in that case, God’s grace would not be what it really is—free and undeserved. Romans 11:6

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. Ephesians 2:8-9

The Old Testament prepared the world for the forthcoming Messiah — a baby named Jesus.

Jesus provides an advocate

The New Testament is dedicated to teaching the grace of Jesus Christ and the Counselor (Holy Spirit) he would send on our behalf.

But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. John 14:26, Jesus’ words

“O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.” Saint Augustine (354-430)

Do not give Satan a stronghold

A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. Ephesians 6:10-18

Following the Spirit improves behavior

To show their appreciation for what God provided through Jesus Christ, most Christians make moral improvements, though this is not always easy.

The best way for a person to change is to replace the bad behavior with something superior. There is nothing more superior than allowing Jesus’ Spirit to be one’s personal counselor. People need to allow Jesus to live through them via the Holy Spirit, rather than struggling to make feeble attempts at changing their own behavior. The flesh is weak, but the Spirit is strong.

“Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!” Matthew 26:41, Jesus’ words

Once a person begins to allow the Holy Spirit to work through them, the more moral they become, and the less they enjoy immorality.

For more information regarding how a Christian improves his or her behavior, I beg that you read the remainder of this book.

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