If it’s “ok” for Christians to sin since Jesus died on the cross, then why do we need accountability? If sin is now “ok” for us then why do we even teach our children “right” from “wrong”? Why should there be any consequence for any actions at all?
I have been in 4 different conversations the last week or so with probably 8 different people total directly involved in these conversations and they have all revolved around “once saved always save”, which I will address some other time (I’ll leave you wandering how I feel about that) and whether it’s ok to live a purposely sinful life as a Christian.
So the main question today is this; Did Jesus die to forgive us of our sins and expect us to “go and sin no more” or did Jesus die so that we could sin and be forgiven? Is this the same thing worded differently? I don’t believe so.
I can list scripture after scripture where Jesus and the apostles all say to leave your sinful nature behind, but I will stick with the parable Jesus told about the 2 sons tonight because this happened to be the story that I read to the children during their bedtime devotion.
One son demanded his inheritance early, so the father gathered up the inheritance and split it between his 2 sons. One son stayed and took care of his share and remained faithful. The other son, left his father, spent all he had and couldn’t find food. Having no way to take care of himself, he retuned home to his father in hopes to get a job working for him as his slave. His father seeing him coming from afar told his slaves to get a banquet together because his son had returned home. He met his son who had a repentive heart and his father forgave him and threw the party. The party was not for the sin he had committed, but for the return of the son who now had left his sinful nature behind.
Was there any communication between the father and son while the son was in sin? No! What did the father say when the son returned home? “My son was dead, but now he is alive!”
The son was on a path of destruction. He wasn’t on both paths. He wasn’t “straddling the fence”. He wasn’t lukewarm. He wasn’t hot. He was dead. He was cold.
I believe God gives a period of grace to those who have not had a relationship with him and are new to Christianity. We all grow in different ways at different rates of speed. I believe even if someone has lead a sinful life their whole life, but came back home to their Father on their death bed, God honors that! I believe God meets a person where they are when they are ready for him just like the father ran and met his son in this parable. But, I do not believe that habitual, purposeful sin for someone who claims to be a christ follower is “ok” with God. I believe it is irreverent and shows a lack of respect for the Lord and all He has done for us. I see it as hammering the nails in a few more times or spitting in his face.
We make mistakes daily, but if we do not have a repentive heart and do our best to change, we will never grow. We will never grow spiritually, we will never grow as parents, as friends, as mates, or as church leaders.
We are in a day and age that Jesus could return at any moment. The time is now for each one of us to judge ourselves! Be honest with yourself about your relationship with Christ, your attitude towards life, the way you treat your loved ones, your work ethic, how freely you give, how much you want, and how much and how often you “work” for Christ. Does your life permeate the very essence of God’s love and grace or does it stink like rotten devil? Who are you living for? Are you living for you or for Jesus? If you call yourself a Christ follower, your goal should be to allow God to shine through you. You should really follow Him, not your fleshly desires.
Remember, people are watching you. You are an influence to your children, your friends, your co-workers, and even your spouse. You represent the King of Kings. Please represent Him well! Be faithful to a God who is faithful to you!