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Living in continual sin is not a characteristic of a true Believer!

Posted by Scott on August 1, 2009

Romans 8:5-8

“Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.”

Might I say that we live in a world that sometimes puts Sodom & Gomorah to shame. The constant justification of sin over and over. It is utterly unsettling at times.

For the Believer, sin should upset us to the point of tears and a broken heart while putting us on our knees asking God for forgiveness. I must ask, “Where is the brokenness over sin these days?” When David was confronted with his sexual sin which led to murder he was broken immediately. His sin tore into his heart like a 90 lb sword thrust through the cartiledge of his chest bones. He did not blame his sin on anyone else, nor did he state the sin was just against someone else either…David admitted that his sin was against God and God alone.

Today, we find many in the churches excusing homosexuality away. Trying to rewrite the Bible or reinterpret the Bible to fit their own agenda. Also, many guys and gals are basically “shacking up” (living together) yet to justify their life they call it marriage by “common law”. The justification goes on and on, but it boils down to this…it is sin!

I want to use an old analogy about a pig. You can take the pig out of the barnyard and dress it up. You can feed it different food. You can call it something else like a dog or cat or even a pet anything but a pig. You can possibly even train the pig to do tricks just like a dog. However, underneath the clothing, the new life style, the new name, and all the tricks…it is still a pig. When you let that pig out of the house and that pig finds mud or dirt, that pig will go straight for it and roll in it with everything it has. Sin is the same way. You can call it whatever you want, you can feed it something new, you can dress it up so the world cannot recognize that it is sin, but to the One who sees all things and knows all things it is still a muddy, smelly, selfish, ruthless sin and God hates sin!

It states it clearly in the first verse above from Romans that a life lived in the sinful nature have their minds set on its own desires rather than the nature of God. This is a pattern to be watched. I would dare say that someone living constantly in sin is defying God’s law and is not acting in character with Scripture by sinning. In my opinion, most caught in this situation and openly defy what is right, openly speak of their sin, openly live happily in their sin, consistantly justifying their sin (dressing the sin up to be something it is not)…are not true Believers in Jesus Christ!

In Romans 8:8 Paul tells us how this effects our relationship with Christ if living an openly sinful life. “Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.” Living in unrepentant sin will not please God. Do not ask God for His wisdom, because it will not come. God will not listen to anyone living in their sin willfully. Sin separates us from God either permently as an enemy of His or relationally as a wayward son or daughter…either way our sin grieves the holy living God.

Think again next time we try to justify any sin that is present in our life. If we have no remorse, or do not feel compelled to ask for forgiveness for any particular sin, then one should ask “am I really a Christian”. Ask God to examine our hearts daily to make sure we are found in true faith in Him.

Scott Bailey (c) 2009

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