Palatino Linotype – (I managed to get a list together of various topics to cover. Even though this next topic is at the end of the list, it does fit into the salvation series that I’ve been looking at.)
Now we are saved from the penalty of death and our old way of living. Yet, these are the days when Christians are saying time and time again, “Why can’t I stop sinning?” To change from weed to wheat there has to be a fundamental change inside and out. If you’re producing fruit in keeping with being a weed, then you must still be a weed. A sinning Christian may not be a Christian at heart. You need a fundamental change.
1 John 1:8-10, 3:4-10, “8If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives … 4Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. 5But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. 6No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.
7Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8He 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. 9No 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. 10This 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.”
If you want to be delivered from a sin, you need put away the nature in you that sins. You can’t be saved from just one sin, you must be saved from all your sin. Once you’re done with the sin nature, you don’t have an excuse to go on sinning. There must be a change. Once you’re saved from this sin, you can’t go back as if its “business as usual.” You have a new usual.
I’ve often wondered about addiction. Many addictions are also sins. Does God break the chains of addiction upon salvation, or must it be overcome gradually? I can’t answer why some saved Christians continue to sin. I don’t know why some choose a life of sin and yet faithfully attend church. Perhaps it is a testament to our ineffectiveness. Perhaps it is a lesson in grace. Church, there was a time when Christians helped each other to not sin, there was no condemnation. Today it’s more like a self-help confrence. You can’t help yourself. That’s why you’re at church. Repent, confess, forgive, and repeat as needed and as often as it takes until your sins are dealt with. Don’t worry about any lines, you can go straight to God.