To sin or not to sin that is the question

Maybe you are like me and have heard fellow Christians and Pastors talk about a life of sin or those habitual sins?  I know for me I still find myself in conversations that talk about sin in this context.

It is funny to me, we believers try to quantify how much sin is acceptable to God and how much not.  Of course we will never agree to how much of what type of sin is acceptable because we all have different points of view on what sins are the most grievous.

Have we forgotten the instructions we have received?

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.[1]

It is not funny to me, that the whole discussion is essentially, how much can we make God put up with our sins, but yet never cross the line where He says, “You’re out of here!”  Either because you believe you were never saved in the first place and one’s life shows it, or you may be in the other camp saying one lost their salvation. 

(This blog’s purpose is to show that we as Christians do not posses salvation yet, so both views above are not The Gospel According to the Gospel.

In either case the result is the same for many believers, a lifestyle of acceptable sins and acceptable degrees of sin because God knows we are sinners.  The proof of this is in the pudding.  How many sermon topics deal with our fallen nature and our need to live like believers should?  Of course, I know that it is out of style to preach about holiness anymore, so we talk about controlling our anger, loving our wives and don’t drink, smoke and chew or go out with girls that do.

And this is where once again I find myself saying, “I was sold a different gospel.”  What I read in scripture for the believers is not a definition of the degree of sin, nor the quantity that is acceptable for the reborn in Christ.  Instead I read that he who sins is of the devil!  Not a growing Christian as so many have put it.  I read that anyone born of God can not sin.  If I were to say it another way it would be can not, can not, can not.

So do I accept the gospel of man where Christians discus sin as if there is a degree of acceptability in a believer’s life for sin, as long as they are trying to grow?  Or do I believe in The Gospel According to the Gospel which states:

Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.  Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.  Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.[2]

For me I can no longer participate in conversations concerning what is a sinful lifestyle.  I just want to live and be transformed like a real believer.  If we can not sin if we remain in Him and those who sin are the children of the devil, why should any of us play with fire?

[1] Matthew 5:48

[2] I John 3:6-9

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