Sin-You-Must — This teaching holds that a person will continue to commit sin after being saved and that as a believer you will sin in word, thought, and deed almost daily. Teachers of this doctrine say that we should try not to sin, but that sinning and repenting is the reality of living in this flesh.
Most would teach that if you commit a serious sin like fornication or adultery you would fall out of fellowship with God. If you would continued committing serious sins like those you might loose your salvation, but for the most part they teach you can sin and still be a child of God. They hold that the Christian cannot expect to be completely free from sin until they die or when they get a glorified body at the return of Christ.
Those that teach this doctrine hold that you will commit “willful sins” and what they call “unwillful sins”, like errors, faults, and mistakes in opinion or conduct or anything short of the full fruit of the Spirit. In doing this, they make the word sin to include willful sins, as well as errors and frailty of humanity that all Christians experience. Under this mixed definition of sin they then claim that no one can live free from sin.
With this definition of sin, this teaching ends up making a dangerous allowance for willful sinning under the guise of ‘we are all human and have faults and nobody is perfect’. Under the New Testament, sin is a willful transgression against a known commandment of God (Jam 4:17) and you must be tempted and give into temptation before you sin (Jam 1:14, 15).
Sin always includes a warning from God when it is presented, an act of the will to be committed, and condemnation when fallen into. Sin is not something that can happen without you knowing about it, nor is it mistakes or frailty of humanity like worrying, irritation, or lacking patience. While frailties of humanity can lead to sin if we do not look to God for grace, in and of themselves they are not sins.
Willful sin brings spiritual death and separation from God (Gen 2:17; Eph 2:1), sears and harms the conscience (1Tim 4:2), leaves you without eternal life (1Joh 3:15), and your past sins are no longer covered by Christ’s sacrifice (Heb 10:26). If your were to die, or if Christ were to return and call the world into judgment while you are in this state, you would be lost (Rev 22:11).
Even if you were to turn from the sin you have fallen into and have godly sorrow and repentance unto salvation (2Cor 7:10), you would have greatly harmed your soul. You have lost your first love (Rev 2:4), you have seared your conscience (1Tim 4:2), and as the bride of Christ (Rev 21:9) you have cheated on Jesus by prostituting yourself to the devil.
Going back to the vomit and wallowing in the mire of sin (2Pet 2:2) is no small matter. The scriptures are clear that “this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments”, and for the Christian “his commandments are not grievous” (1Joh 5:3), for we love to obey our Lord Jesus Christ.
We can be thankful that “God is faithful” and will not suffer his children “to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape” (1Cor 10:13). God both has power and wills that His children be obedient.
The Word is clear that one of the ways we know we are a Christians is that “we keep his commandments” (1Joh 2:3). Those who say “I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1Joh 2:4). The Word of God is very clear on this point and tells us that those who “hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him” (1Joh 3:15).
John gives the solemn warning to “let no man deceive you”, for “He that committeth sin is of the devil” (1Jon 3:7, 8). Paul also warns us to “Be not deceived… For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption” (Gal 5:7, 8).
Dear people, do not be deceived by this unbiblical teaching; reject it and cast it out. If you have fallen under the influence of this teaching and have willful sin in your life, bow right now and plead the mercy of God and the blood of Christ. Look to Jesus, who came to save you from not only from the penalty of sin but from the very power of sin. Have godly sorrow and repentance, forsake all sin, and commit your life anew to God.
Commit to God that by his grace you will take sin serious, and by His power and grace you will never give into it again. Spend much time in the Word of God (Rom 10:17) and in prayer (Jud 1:20), that your faith may be built up; for we are kept by the power of God though faith (1Pet 1:5).
Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (Heb 13:20, 21).
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