ARE CHRISTIANS GIVEN A PASS ?

Rom. 6:1,2 ¶ What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?

It’s funny, as much as things change everything always remains the same. This scripture makes that totally clear. Paul’s basic message was that all mankind could have access to God and eternal life by the grace of the Lord Jesus through faith in Him. Being acceptable to God had nothing to do with our deeds, it was totally by grace through faith. Obviously, as we read this verse in Romans, Paul is dealing with the fallout and misapplication of this teaching. Some were saying that if we are covered by grace God understands and overlooks my continued lifestyle of sin because He knows how weak I am and after all, He made me that way. Doesn’t this all sound way too familiar? In every generation Christians have to address this persistent doctrinal error. In Augustine’s day he called it pelagianism. Martin Luther dealt with the same error and called it antinomianism. Today, we have the same repackaged error, it is called the “grace message”.

The disturbing thing about this is that people who embrace it are given a pass to continue in whatever their carnal desires dictate. It come in the form of fornication (sex outside of marriage), adultery (the violation of marriage vows), drunkenness (I know you drink because you like the taste), substance abuse, homosexual behavior; the list is endless. The good news is that Christ not only forgave us but absolutely delivers us from habitual sin. Here is how Adam Clarke described it in the 1700’s.

“And we need not wonder that a Gentile, just emerging from the deepest darkness, might entertain such thoughts as these; when we find that eighteen centuries after this, persons have appeared in the most Christian countries of Europe, not merely asking such a question, but defending the doctrine with all their might; and asserting in the most unqualified manner, “that believers were under no obligation to keep the moral law of God; that Christ had kept it for them; that his keeping it was imputed to them; and that God, who had exacted it from Him, who was their surety and representative, would not exact it from them, forasmuch as it would be injustice to require two payments for one debt.” These are the Antinomians who once flourished in this land, and whose race is not yet utterly extinct.”
So there you have it. Don’t settle for a cheap cover up for sinful behavior. Step into life! Living free from habitual sin is not only possible, it is a much more enjoyable life.

Advertisements

4 Replies to “ARE CHRISTIANS GIVEN A PASS ?”

  1. Glory to Glory..I love how each day I find myself less and less mindful of the daily cares or frustrations in this life..each one replaced by His Grace for my life..Joy for Sadness..Calm for Worry..Provision for Lack…It’s a beautiful way to live..

  2. Amazing that my daughter and I discussed this very topic yesterday morning. At first she was astonished at my stance on this issue, you know, big round eyes a gapping mouth. But as I explained in depth that the base aurguement of many that being Christian and sin coexisting is true that giving oneself to a sinful life style does not and that is the truth of their aurguement. Yet they neglect to state that or refuse to acknowledge the difference.
    Christians, in the true sense of the word, are disgusted by the life style they once embraced and through the power of God under go transformation through sanctification which I find a beautiful thing because it displays God’s personal interaction with man to this world.
    I happened to run into a co employee that mentioned how I was made fun of by others at work because the once party animal was now a holy roller wearing Christian shirts. Though the immediate change was huge subtle changes continue to happen in my life and are still evident to those close to me. PRAISE GOD! \o/

  3. Yes we are given a pass, and with most of us it becomes multiple passes. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak, but that “flesh weakness” has also been given sufficient power from “The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead” that dwells in us. This “Power” is unmatched with anything, it has not and will never lose, EVER. Yes we lose things and situations, and at times don’t understand why…. Our confidence must be that as we yield ourselves to Jesus, He is changing us to be more like Himself, and without that we only hold a religious pass.

  4. POWERFUL, PASTOR FRANK, HALLELUJAH! Same here, Mark!!!!
    They know how I use to be, but it’s ALL for HIS GLORY, HE took this world away from me all desires/all.
    JESUS/HOLY SPIRIT INSIDE ME NOW!
    I GET made fun of too, at different work places. but o well, I have Peace in HIM/THEM. THANK YOU, JESUS, HOLY SPIRIT, FATHER.

    PASTOR FRANK, I LOVE YOU! 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s