Sunday, September 25, 2022

Sunday Praise & Worship Message - No Obligation to Sin

Over the past couple of decades, I have seen the Word of God watered down and many passages explained away and perverted into the teachings of false prophets and those who call themselves followers of Jesus. These charlatans have twisted the words inspired by God to fit their own desires. Instead of preaching the Word as given by God, many have given their own interpretation of scripture so that others would follow them and not Jesus. In short, they have created something akin to a cult rather than followers of Christ Jesus.

Sin is being redefined daily by these “preachers” and more and more of what used to be considered as sin is slowly turning into acceptable acts for all. Sin, in their opinion, should no longer be looked upon as disobedience. It has become acceptable and they have become “little white lies” that can be swept under the rug as “victimless”. If no one gets hurt, then it isn’t a sin.

Society has certainly fallen and become disobedient. People no longer fear God and believe that He will just accept them as they are. But, that isn’t what the disciples and true followers of Jesus believe. Obedience to God’s will is the foundation of our salvation and our life. It is more than just saying you are a Christian. Our obedience tells the world that we are no longer a part of it. We are born again to live and walk in faith.

If, however, you choose to live as a part of this world rather than apart from it, then you have chosen the path that will only lead you to destruction, death and damnation. God sent His son to die for our sins and provide us with salvation and everlasting life with the Father. This is an undeserved gift that has been freely given to us. 

In chapter eight of this epistle to the Romans, Paul writes, “Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

If we live as the world would have us live, then our journey ends in death. If we, however, chose to live as God deserves us to live, then our journey ends a lot differently. Once the world passes away, we, as God’s children, will live life everlasting with the Father and the saints who have gone on before us. 

It is our choice to put to death the deeds of a sinful nature. If we chose not to, then we must bear the consequences and spend eternity weeping and wailing. God doesn’t force us into salvation. When we were created by God’s masterful hands, we were given free will. We have the right to choose things for ourselves. 

Society, unfortunately, wants us to believe that anything we do can be justified in the end. We can make decisions without consequence. That isn’t true at all. Our actions, good or bad, can either lead us to God or lead back to sin. It is entirely up to us. Don’t think for a moment that you are exempt in some way from this. Some will tell you that you don’t need to concern yourself with salvation. That is a lie.

Living as God wants us to live is important and cannot be diminished by the words of charlatans. But, we must realize that we cannot have things both ways. We are either followers of Jesus or followers of the world. We cannot keep one foot in one world while the other rests in the other. Straddling the fence does not lead to eternal life. You must commit yourself to one or the other. 

Paul, in chapter nine of his epistle to the Romans, writes, “So it is God who decides to show mercy. We can neither choose it nor work for it.

The mercy that God has shown us is something that we cannot create for ourselves. It is a gift given by Him through His son, Christ Jesus. We cannot earn through virtuous deeds or purchase it. We must accept this gift given to us graciously by God. Once we accept it, we have no obligation to sin and turn away from the evil of this world. 

When we do this, then we have made a choice that gives us life everlasting with the Father and the ability to stand firm in His grace.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

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