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The repercussions of Sin

Can we  really sin and not have future or immediate consequences in ourselves?  Not according to the Scriptures.  Sexual immorality causes us to sin against our own bodies, the Bible says.  We join ourselves to others in the sexual act and become one with them.  What happens when we have multiple sexual partners outside of marriage or monogamy?  That is the question that we don’t really know about until the judgment time, and there is certainly a judgment time coming.  This judgment time is talked about many times in the New Testament.  We are going to be judged according to our deeds in the flesh.

Some Christians say we don’t have to worry about this because grace will cover our sin in God’s eyes.  The Bible does not teach this exclusively.  Grace is a truth, but judgment for sin is also a truth in the Bible.   These two truths are reconciled by rightly dividing the word of truth.  We understand that there is grace to cover our sin, and we understand that we have the tools to conquer our sin in Christ.  We must understand that we are required to overcome sin in our lives through the power and the enablement of the Holy Spirit.  We need to call on God for this provision and for the courage to acknowledge and fight our sin (s).  Grace is what is provided by God in the interim period in this fight for victory over sin, personally and corporately.

We have a situation in North America where we disallow the reality of demons and the devil.  In the book of Luke we read of demons causing havoc in the physical bodies of people.  Convulsions, insanity, deaf and mute demons, legions of demonic entities found living in some people at the time of Jesus.  This is so foreign to us that we cannot even go there in our minds.  In  these biblical accounts the demons exercise a good amount of control over the people affected.  They required deliverance and freedom from demons that is  provided through a miracle done by Jesus.

We cannot engage the culture of our day recklessly.  There needs to be an extreme caution as to what we do and what we accept into our lives.   We cannot sin knowingly as Christians.  This will be a sure condemnation in ourselves.  The Bible says that once we have known Jesus and we delve into sin for some supposed benefit there may not be any more sacrifice for sins available to us.  What does this mean?  A sure judgement, and a sure penalty, perhaps for an eternity.

 

 


Antichrists

Let’s see if we can digest some of the important teachings in the book of 1 John.
Part of the exhortation in this book is ‘Do Not Love the World’.  The desires of the world, the lusts of the flesh of men,the boasting of the accomplishments of men, are not from God.  There is an admonition that antichrist(s) will come out from the church and lead some believers astray.
(The general teaching in the church today is that church leaders know what they are doing and we as God’s people must be obedient and not challenge them)

This book also states that the world does not know us because it did not know Jesus.
(The world does not recognize Christians as coming from God)

It states that sin is lawlessness.
(Even in our day)

The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.
No one who is born of God will continue to sin.
(The church today teaches that we will sin, there is nothing we can do about this, that we have to live with it and expect it)

In this book it states that we must love our brother. Do not be surprised if the world hates you.
(The world hates believers in our day. Christians are being systematically killed off in many nations)

Those who live in His commands live in Him, and He in them.
(This is contrary to the teaching of today’s church leaders, where we are told that we simply say a prayer and we have attained eternal life no matter what we do or how we live)

I John says if our hearts do not condemn us we have confidence with God.
(We are taught by Christian counselors that we need to ignore our heart. If our heart is condemning us then we can know that this is coming from the devil)

I John says the test to determine what is antichrist is ‘…every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God.”
(Our world, our education,our science, our culture, does not acknowledge Jesus. This is the spirit of antichrist. We as believers are to have no part of it. We live in the world but we distance ourselves as believers from its pleasures, its temptations, its teachings, and its commandments.
We are taught in the church today that we must engage the world, that we must take part in it, that we must immerse ourselves in it to try to influence the world for Jesus. What’s happening today is that the Church as a whole is being overcome by the world)

Chapter 5 of I John goes on to say that we show our love for God by keeping his commands.
(The Church teaches us today that we do not need to keep the commands of God, that grace excuses us from this principle)ƒ

What can we conclude from our look at I John? A lot of what is being taught in the church today is false teaching coming from the systems of the world and not from God.


Can a Believer’s Faith be ruined or lost?

We are living in challenging times as Christians. Our faith is being undermined by  wayward Christian teachers and prophets in our day. How does this happen? I Timothy and II Timothy give some explanation as to how this occurs. Teachers start to wander off the path of truth and are in a position to ruin the faith of others.  For some teachers it is their desire to be preeminent among others.  For  other teachers they have accepted and confessed  beliefs in a worldly knowledge.  These causes are based in inward personality faults that have not been overcome or resisted by someone who is  teaching God’s word.  Through their influence they can shipwreck the godly faith of other Christians.   God’s word says that those who teach will receive the greater condemnation in a judgment if they get it wrong.  We have some Christian teachers in our day that have really gone out on a limb teaching that godliness in conduct and behavior is not needed in the life of a believer.  Others teach that financial gain is what Christianity is all about.   Still others teach mystical, spiritualistic practices interspersed with the Word of God.

The names of some of these men are given in I and II Timothy. Hymanaeus, Philetus, and Alexander are specifically identified by Paul.  To have lived in that day teaching believers and then to find your name written in the Bible as a faith-wrecker would be devastating.  We need to be careful as teachers and as receivers of ‘christian’ teaching.  Many popular teachers of our day teach half-truths or even less godly content in their teaching about the Christian life.  We cannot be enamored with the ‘popular’ at the expense of our faith and eternal life. Paul exhorted Timothy to hold onto his faith and his good conscience.  Contrary to much of the Christian teaching today our conscience means something to us.  If we are feeling guilty, confused or uncomfortable then we need to pay attention to the Holy Spirit and examine ourselves by  the Word of God and what the Bible Scriptures teach.