Erasing Sins?

Psalm 103:12 “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us.”

On my Twitter account, I decided to go back and try and erase all of my tweets I made. Being caught up in a couple of political elections on behalf of pro-life candidates, I racked up an enormous amount and desired a clean slate since these elections were now over.  Manually removing them was an arduous task. One by one carefully  needed to go through 3 steps.  I managed to get help from a free program to help this process but it took days to remove just a couple thousand tweets over the course of 3-4 years.

While I was doing this, sin removal came to mind.  It is something we as human beings cannot do on our own. There is no program, no set of steps we can take to remove even the seemingly simple sin committed. It is stuck there in our account.  Imagine now having a million plus sins all lined up from our birth to see.  And with this knowing that in order to get to Heaven, one must not have any sins listed there.

World religions such as Catholicism see the glaring problem, but like one trying to delete a tweet which will not go away, they try in vain through a ritual called reconciliation/penance to do so. And if that doesn’t work, a fictional place called Purgatory might work.  In this human experiment they employ what I call “beat the clock”.  Believing that confession/penance actually does absolve their account, a devout Catholic will continually try to beat the clock before death so as there are to be no sins, a clean slate.  A Catholic priest will administer what they call “Last Rites” on a person’s death bed to try and clean that slate.  Sacraments are participated in diligently to make sure God knows the effort in this.

We know this is not what God promised nor will it ever clean just one sin off an account. No matter the effort on our part, no matter the deeds, no matter the guilt we feel, no matter how bad we want our slate clean, no matter the ritual or ceremony, those sins are STILL stuck there.    It would like be going through all the steps I explained above to delete a tweet, and after all of this, the tweet remains.

So what is the remedy? If there a magic program we can use? The only One who can remove those sins of which He did, is Jesus Christ.  By His one offering on the Cross He died on, He wiped His children’s sins clean.  Those who have faith in this, shall never die but live with Him eternally.  Because of this, on Judgment Day the account of the saved sinner will not show their sins, but Jesus Christ’s righteousness.  Is it that simple? Yes, this is why we call it the Good News!

Many will immediately scoff at this based on self-righteousness. It is almost like they are saying “how dare Jesus pay for my sins, how dare He wipe my account clean”.  Why this is? I can only speak from my former life is that some want to take the credit.  The Roman Catholic really wants some type of pat on the back knowing they helped Jesus out.  But as they will sooner or sadly later discover, He never needed their help.  Our help to Him as sinners was and is always useless.  God sees this help as “filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6)

Why did Jesus say “narrow is the way to eternal life”?  It is because our self-righteous deep seeded pride.  It is submission to Him in all respects, allowing He to be the Savior. That we must give up all humanly attempts for sin removal and rest in Him, we weren’t there when He atoned for us but He had us in mind, that this faith in Him saved us.  How great this grace from God!  How joyful we are that He sent His only Son Jesus Christ to clean our slate filled with sin!

Stop searching for a religious remedy, stop trying to help Jesus out, just rest in His redemption! And that my friend is the Good News!

 

Justified By Faith Granted by God?

Matthew 16:15-17

15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.

The common argument in today’s society as it has always been, is how does one come to believe in Jesus Christ.  How is one justified by God if He commands that in order to be saved by Him one must believe in the person and work of Jesus Christ?

Let’s look deeper into this question. Where does faith come from, Matthew 16:17 says above says very clearly it has been granted by God. It did not come from a sinner as Peter self-generating this faith by deeds worthy to God, but it has been granted. God graced Peter to say “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God”.  It wasn’t some political statement Peter gave or something derived from his intelligence, he didn’t repeat something he saw in the newspapers, it wasn’t something he heard from another disciple and merely repeating this, it wasn’t something his parents taught him either, it was actual faith in Jesus Christ voiced.  In other words, you can’t just repeat a saying you saw on a bumper sticker or parrot another in order for this to be actual faith it must be granted by God in order for it to be faith.

John says in John 3:27 “John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven.”   John was referencing faith in this context. He clearly is saying that the reception of faith is given by God, it is not worked for. In other words, one can go to their church each day, they can do a zillion good deeds, they can be very pious and subjectively externally moral individuals as the Pharisees were in John’s day but one cannot receive anything in faith unless God has granted it first.

Philippians 1:29 “For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake”  Again, the Apostle Paul declares where faith has been granted from.  God has granted saving faith on behalf of Christ, you believe because it has been granted.

Jesus says in John 3:3 “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  Again, Jesus has indicated that unless one action occurs initially, being born again, regenerated by the Holy Spirit, nothing else can happen in regards to faith.  I have found many to object to Jesus in this respect.  The false theology says “because you saw the Kingdom, you then were born-again”.  But look carefully at what Jesus is saying which is the opposite “you must be born-again first, THEN you will see the Kingdom”.  Meaning once again, God grants this faith, it is not self-generated, it does not come by intelligence or logic, or through deeds of ourselves and then God just MIGHT grant His faith. No, the first step of faith always is God centered.  

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

It is simple, if every good gift comes from God, and saving faith in Jesus Christ is a good gift, then saving faith comes from God.  If enduring until the end is a good gift and all good gifts come from God, enduring until the end has been granted by God.  If repenting of sin is a good gift, and all good gifts come from God, repentance has been granted by God.  If understanding and wisdom of Scripture is a good gift, and every good gift comes from God, then God has granted this understanding.

Bottom line is if you do believe in Jesus Christ, and like Peter can declare “You are the Christ” and ALL that this means from your heart, you believe only because God has granted this. You were not just more moral or just more intelligent than you neighbor. God has granted you a gift!  You see the Kingdom only because God granted your sight first to see it.  Everything resulting from this in your life has God as the Author, not yourself.  Paul states in Romans 3, “no one can boast”, he is absolutely correct, no one CAN boast because we were never the Author of our faith nor the Finisher, He is Jesus Christ.

Error Codes

Psalm 19:12

Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults.

Recently I had an automobile problem. My truck would turn over and would not start at times.  There were no corresponding error codes nor a check engine light. But the problem continued and it got worse over time.  I took it to a mechanic, he could not figure it out. I searched incessantly on web-site repair forums to search for a repair for this problem, while there were many having the same issue, none had any clear solution or fix. I then brought it to the dreaded dealer, anyone who has had to bring a car into a dealer knows what I am talking about, the price tag is not going to be cheap.  The dealer looked at, could not find the problem or fix either, and of course charged me for their time.  I went back to research, found several things it could be and decided to try to change sensors out as well as the main board in the truck, changed the fuel intake mechanism, etc.  The problem continued!  I then researched a bit more and found an obscure reference to a engine coolant sensor being the possible culprit, and decided to change it out myself. And after ALL of this turmoil, that little sensor I believe was the culprit all along.

I tell this story because with sin our life, we sometimes don’t take the time to research or diagnose what the issues are.  We continue on, the problems grow and are ignored.  As with the case above, there are sometimes no apparent error codes in our life but we struggle against sin. Why is this you ask?  It is because the world and all that is in it does a masterful job at covering up those error codes and all seems normal, and the check engine light so to speak well that has been burnt out, but the issue is there and it grows.

As David asked God to cleanse him from his secret faults, we must always do this as well. The glaring sins are easy, we see them, we know what to with them and fix this through repentance. The secret sins are not so easy to see. Those deeds and thoughts we have which are sins against God seem normal, but they too are and offense to Him and puts outside of fellowship with Him.

When you believe you have done all the right things, you study Scripture, you seek the Lord, you fellowship with others, you desire to grow in sanctification, and yet you feel distanced from God look within.  Look within your heart, discern those sins you passed off as nothing or not serious.  Discern why God is at a distance and the Holy Spirit is quiet within.  We must always ask for cleansing while we remain in the flesh as we still hold sin in our members.  Don’t always assume you did all the right things, God is quiet for a reason.

As you grow in sanctification and with the help of the Holy Spirit, you will search incessantly as I did with my automobile to fix the errors in your life and won’t stop until the issue is finally resolved.  If you are not doing this, ask yourself if you are in the faith. Sin our life must be repented of and removed.  Yes, Jesus Christ paid your sin debt if you are His child, but don’t assume growth in holiness is His responsibility alone, it is your solemn duty now, your responsibility. Sanctification is a process, different for everyone, but the same in its concept.  If you were told by a hyper-grace teacher that nothing more is needed, ask yourself why there are apparent issues and problems that arise in your life with no apparent help from God.  Is it because you disregard the secret sins? Most likely.

Think about this, if there is no care for repentance for some of the sins in your life or they are ignored, you are actually telling Jesus He did not need to pay for these particular sins.

Slaves to Sin

Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.”
Jesus points out a pure fact of which many fail to realize and all fail to realize before their rebirth in Him which is being slaves to sin.  More than that, we are willing slaves to sin.
A couple of months ago I spoke to a friend about his next ten years. I have witnessed the Gospel in the past to him of which he rejected and still rejects and his idea for the next ten years I could surmise would be a planned  for selfish parade of lust and sin to the hilt. He basically told me from the items he wanted to do that he didn’t want to waste a day of which he could not sin.  Sounds fun?
Those who reject and lambaste God for His laws are also given the freedom to pursue their desire which is to sin. Little do they know they are slaves to sin.  Can one truly say that good could ever come out of an act of immorality?  Or does heart break, depression, anger, anxiety, hurt, and even death result from it.  I remember before my rebirth visiting strip clubs with my friends and ALWAYS leaving there with a guilty-sad-ashamed feeling.  There was never happiness or good that resulted from this immoral act.  I was a slave to that sin.
More bad news, Jesus continues with John 8:35 “And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.”
Jesus points out that your desire to sin is a temporary perceived freedom, that hell is the next stop which will be a thousand times worse than your worst day imagined. For those who see sin as my friend above does, your time to eat, drink, and be merry will be short-lived and an eternity of regret awaits you.   Your slave-hood with sin will last forever only with the resultant feelings from sin left for you to deal with.   There are no get out of hell free cards, Scripture does not indicate any after death forgiveness.
What is the remedy?  Today you can decide to repent of your sins and follow Jesus Christ.  There is NO sin on this earth that God will not help you repent of.  Believing Jesus is one thing, resultant repentance of this is another.  The comparison would be your parents telling you to look both ways before you cross the street so you don’t get hit by a car, you may believe them that this could happen however it is up to you to follow those directions.
Face it, sin is NOT the answer. Again nothing good results from them, NOTHING. The temporary high you might get will pass away quickly into guilt and regret.  Is it really that much fun to get away with sin? Think about it.  Sometimes it seems like getting away with sin is easy, but what is awaiting you is a judgment which you cannot get away with.
Just view the two presidential candidates in our recent election. Both were slaves to sin. Those sins came to light for all to see and both highly regretted their sins because it was most likely quite embarrassing for one thing.
Today if you hear the voice of Jesus, do not harden your heart.  Listen to Him!  Repent and believe His Gospel.  Follow Him and become His slave which is a much easier and restful path in your life, I can personally assure you on this!

Bigger Barns

The Parable of the Rich Fool

Luke 12: 16-21 Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods.  And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”’  But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’  “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

Here we have a farmer who Jesus uses as an example of the mentality of the human mind. The love of this world captivated this farmer whose profession was a success and instead of seeing this as a blessing, he counted it as his hard work, God was not a factor in this or so he thought.  He accumulated “stuff” and his stuff were the most important things he thought he earned and deserved because after all he worked hard.  He was not rich towards God but was laying up treasures for himself.   We see this often in today’s society, so often that it is seen as a highly normal accepted condition not an abnormal unaccepted behavior.

The sobering lesson Jesus gives is that today could be your last day, so all that  worldly “stuff” you are clinging to, boasting in, and hoping for, all can vanish in an instant.  You can’t take this “stuff” with you is what He is saying, and it is all for not.  So why are you striving for things of this world and not for heaven above?

Look friend, today could be your most fantastic day you have ever experienced, but God holds the key to the end of this.  Are you preparing for this end and your judgment before God or are you preparing solely for the temporary enjoyments?

Don’t put stock in worldly “stuff”, it accumulates but is nothing. Rather put stock in heaven above in praising God for His mercy and His grace. Absolutely NO amount of stuff or worldly accomplishment can compare to one minute at the feet of the Lord Jesus Christ and eternity with Him!

Repent of being the rich fool as described by Jesus, and we are all guilty of this in many respects if we think about it.  This world is passing away, don’t cling to it, rather cling to the Savior.  Don’t worry about the bigger barn so to speak, rather commune with the Lord Jesus Christ instead.  Thank God for the blessings He bestows daily by the minute, don’t ever forget who is in charge!

Roman Catholic Rest?

Matthew 11:28

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Jesus commands that those who come to Him, He will give rest. This rest is a knowledge and realization that He is God, that He is sovereign in complete control of the good, bad, indifferent. This rest is a realization that He is your Lord and Savior, that whatever happens eternal life is the hope and security.  The Christian realizes instantly this security and behaves accordingly in total peace and rest in Jesus Christ.

As a former Roman Catholic, I can attest to the rest in this world religion is NOT in Jesus Christ but rather in one-self.  The preaching of free-will to salvation has led Catholicism as well as other world religions on this self-righteous path. Can there be any rest where sin dwells? The answer is no!   Catholics for example are at peace for an hour a week if that when they enter the structure of their religious place where they believe God dwells. The confines of stained glass windows, incense, an altar, organ music, other self-righteous sinners behaving piously, adds to the deception of this false rest. Outside these walls there is uncertainty, anxiousness, sin, depression, anger, etc. Or in other words there is really no rest.

The Apostle Paul states in 1 Corinthians 6:19, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”  He is reminding the Corinthians of the rest they should be in. They should not behaving as old creations and blending into the world around them, but new creations in Christ where His rest is realized.

Roman Catholicism’s teaching of free-will, “to thine own self be true” has led billions into the rest of the highly flawed imperfect person in the mirror.  They also prop up a pope whom they believe is their standard bearer for rest in Jesus Christ, but he too is a highly flawed sinner.  The bottom line is in discernment and based on my own personal experience of 40 plus years in the Catholic system, there is absolutely NO rest in Jesus Christ.  There is complete INSECURITY where there should be SECURITY.  Ask a Catholic in their 70s or 80s where they will end up upon death, and all of them if they were honest would need to say “I hope in Heaven but I am not sure if I have done enough”.  Meaning, if they have participated in the right amount of sacraments with a good heart, done enough good works to maintain and secure their salvation.  When all along, Jesus was offering a rest in eternal life to be realized here and now!

A plea to Roman Catholics, place your faith in Jesus Christ alone. Repent of your idolatry of that world religion you practice and realize the rest that Jesus promises.  Pride never saved a soul! Not one good deed you could do could ever come close to the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross.  Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ with your whole heart, soul, and mind and you shall be saved and with that you will come to place of peace and rest only know to His own.

Boasting in Salvation?

Galatians 6:14

But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Are you guilty of a boast in your salvation?  It goes something like this. On January 1, 2005 I was saved when I came forward in church to offer my prayer for repentance of sins. Notice the words “I came forward” and “my prayer”, the boast is in yourself that you did something to enact God’s salvation through Jesus Christ.  Another boast might be “I accepted Jesus as my Savior” or “I asked Jesus into my heart”.  Again when you claim to have done something, you are boasting.  I know this ruffles some feathers especially with the sentiment of the church in America where this is done time and time again.

As Paul distinctly states, the boast can only be in the cross of Jesus Christ. We boast in His work done on our behalf. A better way to express salvation is to say “I humbly say that I am saved by no part of myself, by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ and what He did for me on the Cross”.  Because without this, there is NO salvation.

Some also boast in rituals such as baptism which is only the outward expression and result of the cross of Jesus Christ, not anything you are adding to His completed work.  Some boast in keeping the Sabbath, boast in good works, boast in church attendance, boast in other religious activity, intelligence of Scripture, NONE OF WHICH can ever compare to Jesus Christ’s completed work.  Self-righteous attempts to share the gospel will fall on deaf ears. The focus should always be on the person and work of Jesus Christ, not yourself.

Stop Boasting and Humble Yourself!

Go back to the cross if you feel prideful and want to boast in your salvation. View Jesus Christ on that lonely cross who was there because of YOUR sins.  Yes just one sin put Him there, the perfect lamb of God from all eternity who could of easily stayed on His heavenly throne came to die for your putrid rotten sins.  I ask how could one boast in anything but the cross?  It is rather humbling when you actually contemplate what Jesus did on your behalf.  You didn’t ask Him, you could not make yourself redeemable, but He gave up Himself for you.

It is quite awesome and emotional to realize salvation from Jesus Christ. But never lose sight it had nothing to do with what you did or proposed to do or thought of doing, it had everything to do with what a loving God planned before the earth’s foundation.  (Ephesians 1:4).  A dirty rotten sinner as yourself with a ticket to hell was redeemed by God’s only Son Jesus Christ.

Boast only in the cross of Jesus Christ who was punished, tortured, and crucified on your behalf satisfying God’s eternal wrath on your sins. So if you are saved, rejoice in this, share this Good News always with the cross in mind.  Don’t get caught up in your witness with pronouncing dates and times without the cross, because without the cross it has no effect on the listener and the boast could be seen in self-righteousness not in the cross.

It is rather tempting to pound an unbeliever over the head and boast in your salvation and their demise, but were you any better than they?  So don’t do this!

Ephesians 2:But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

What is your Calling?

1 Corinthians 7:15

But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases. But God has called us to peace.

When you read the title to this article, what came to your mind?  If you were honest, possibly trying to answer your place in the church or maybe your career came to mind or possibly you did not know.  The emphasis here is a general calling, this calling would either to continue on the road of sin which leads to turmoil, rebellion, evil or the calling to be at rest in Jesus Christ, a realized peace without understanding.

All Christians are called to this rest in Jesus Christ. Some while being born-again behave as if they had not been by clinging to the turmoil. Being faithful in the promises of God, but not fully in that you still find drama and conflict appealing.  The desire is to blend in with your old life, you know its wrong and feel terrible, but its there. Does it mean you are not saved? Not necessarily in that despite this behavior, you are greatly striving to repent of this.  With each new situation or issue God puts on your plate, you are learning to be at total rest in Jesus Christ.  In other words a saved soul will realize growth and maturity, an unsaved sinner departs as 1 Corinthians 7:15 says above which is in reference to marriage, but can also be applied to every sinner.

What is this rest and peace that Scripture speaks about?  In Jesus Christ, a saved Christian will realize first and foremost that He is sovereign. That your sins have been paid for and your citizenship is not of this world, but in Heaven above now.  There is absolutely NO turmoil, no conflict, no drama, in Heaven so the striving is to behave this way here and now. Imagine being in the presence of God in Heaven, knowing that everything is under His control, would you worry, would you be anxious, would you question Him? The answer would be no, so then ask yourself why aren’t you behaving this way right now?  What is the wait?  Are you saying that only those in Heaven can trust God? If so, it speaks to little faith, not lack of faith, but little faith.

How do we grow our little faith into bigger faith?

1. By staying in the word of God. Studying it, feeding on it as if it was your only food or drink, living by it as your ultimate authority for faith and practice.

2. By communing with God always, praying without ceasing which means always looking for Him in everything.

3. Jesus says in Luke 16:10 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.

This means trusting God in everything!

4. By asking God to help your unbelief just as the man asked Jesus inMark 9:24

Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

There will be highly trying times in your life, these are the times when we should always turn to God first in our life. Cry out to Him, He will help your unbelief.

5.  By stating publicly your witness and testimony in Jesus Christ. This will grow your faith as you see others who are drawn to your witness and will fellowship with you.

6. By sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in truth, boldness, and conviction. You will see the promises of God played out right before your eyes.

7.  By always exalting the name of Jesus Christ, not just name dropping, but His person and work, praising Him, thanking Him, glorifying Him.

8.  Doing ALL things to the glory of God!  Removing yourself from the equation of what you accomplish and rather giving the glory to God alone in ALL things, not somethings, but ALL things.

9. Striving for holiness and repenting from the evils of your life.  Removing yourself from the evils of this world and seeing your faith as God-centered not man-centered will surely grow your little faith into big faith!

If we practice these 9 items daily as a discipline, our faith will surely grow. And it will also mature into more of a realized rest in Jesus Christ that you have ever known.

A Public Ministry

Matthew 10:33

But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.

We are called to share our faith in Jesus Christ. If you have been born-again as Jesus describes in John 3:3, you now see the Kingdom.  Are you publicly describing it to others or is it something you still do not see.

Many world religions congregations are a private type of faith.  They would prefer not speaking about Jesus for fear of alienating the listener or offending a lost soul.  God showed me upon my rebirth that faith in Jesus Christ is PUBLIC, it is not private. The person who witnessed to me read Scripture out loud in a busy restaurant.  At first, I will admit I was embarrassed.  I was a Catholic for 40 plus years and had to ask myself why in the world would I be embarrassed at this point.  Catholicism like many world religions indoctrinate a self-centered private faith, where if one didn’t see your car parked outside a church they would not know you are a “Christian”, but are you?  I knew at that point, God was telling me to “WAKE UP!”  I was dead in my sins and trespasses, my “faith” was private. This “faith” really was not in God but in my sins and trespasses and is why this was private.

John 3:19 says in reference to this privatization of sins  “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” 

A born-again Christian realizes the tremendous debt Jesus paid on their behalf. They shout it from the roof-top as to what Jesus did for them.  Those nasty little sins, rotten BIG sins, and that putrid dirty sinful life are no longer in a private domain, but just as the Cross was very public, they are as well. You are more than willing to share with others what Jesus did on your behalf!

Be specific!  Just saying to others “Jesus paid my sin debt” is one thing, telling others specifically what this means is another.  What were the sins you were practicing and now repented of by granted repentance?  State them publicly to the people who you want to grasp the Good News.  Stating this also shows humility.  Humility is a trait definitely lacking in the church today.  We see all sorts of Christians expounding on Scripture, showing wisdom of biblical hermeneutics, but at the same time showing no humility.  Stating and describing sin in your former life publicly definitely will ground you.

If you do not have a former life to speak about, are you living a new life in Jesus Christ?

How do we know you actually have been saved when we don’t know what Jesus saved you from?  I know plenty of folks who have a wonderful grasp of the Good News but are highly guarded in a personal witness or testimony in Jesus Christ.  You are calling the lost to repent and believe the Good News, yet they are confused by your own example!

Publicly declare Jesus is the Lord and Savior without fear of losing friends or family or your job.  What really is more important than this in your life!  If you still are fearing losing a friend for example, you have placed them above Christ in your life, thus it is called idolatry.  Rather, let you friends and family and the public at large KNOW you are a Christian, they should see the cross you carry and how ardent and diligently and also joyful you are to carry it!   Let them see the rest they need in Jesus Christ!

How Many Sins Does It Take?

Genesis 3 describes the very first sin a human being committed against God. Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they were commanded not to touch or eat fruit from certain trees in the midst of the garden (Genesis 3:3) and did so anyway.  Many pastors out there speak of the “fall of mankind” in generalities but gloss over the glaring reality of what actually happened.  With many years of Satan’s influence, human beings for the most part see sin in terms of really evil and less evil, but guess what, it is evil no matter how we look at it.

Adam and Eve’s sin was simple disobedience and what ensued swiftly was their removal from a perfect garden paradise forever.  They didn’t murder anyone, they didn’t rape anyone, they simply disobeyed God and defiled His holiness. God could live with them until that point, but after this there was no way He could as He is perfectly righteous and holy, He could not just make an exception or He could no longer be holy.

Modernist pastors attempt to skew God’s holiness as less than holy. Lesser evils such as Adam and Eve’s sin, they preach now God must overlook because He loves His creation. The whole “hate the sin, love the sinner” nonsense has spawned from this. Make NO mistake, if God hates the sin, He also hates the sinner who has committed this sin.  All throughout Scripture and yes even in the New Testament, God has a burning rage towards all sin and thus all sinners.

However God does love His creation, this is correct. After Adam and Eve fell and the world went from a perfect garden to utter turmoil, He made them clothes (Genesis 3:21). He could of destroyed all of creation during the Great Flood (Genesis 6, 7), but chose to save 8 sinners. And no greater love than all, He sent His only Son Jesus Christ to a lonely cross to atone for the sins of His children satisfying a payment no sinner could ever pay thus restoring the rift in holiness caused by just one sin, the saved sinner now can enter the Kingdom and dwell with God with Christ’s imputed righteousness.  God chooses by His grace alone through faith alone through Christ alone to make things right.

Just one sin puts a human being on the outside of the Kingdom, deserving the wrath of God. Just one choice by God’s love to give grace through Jesus Christ repairs this eternal and infinite damage.  It is quite sad to hear how some rationalize sins, to invent new terms on what God sees as sins and when a sin is actually a sin.  Recently a Roman Catholic attempted to give me a nonsensical 3 step process as to when a sin is actually sin for example which misses the point entirely!  Could a sinner EVER presume what God deems as sin and what He doesn’t?  I’d hate to take that chance with a holy God.  For example His word lists the 10 commandments, do you really want to tell God for example when a commandment is broken and by human consortium when it isn’t?

It was just ONE sin of we which we all have committed which put us into Judgment just as our first parents, Adam and Eve.  We are none the better than they were since the beginning.  Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

David Platt put this way “you sin against a rock, you are not very guilty. You sin against man, you are guilty. You sin against an infinitely holy God, and you are INFINITELY GUILTY”.

The question is are you going to stop punching and flailing against the wind, rationalizing each of your sins, determining which sins God must accept and which He cannot?  Or are you going to accept your state as a sinner and submit to the fact that the Judge, the Almighty God, is in control, it is by His mercy and grace alone that you can be forgiven through Jesus Christ who died, yes, for each and every one of your sins.  Will you come to the Cross and plead for mercy, or will you boast in your works to God of which He views as filthy rags.

If you have not done so, repent of your sins, turn away from them and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ that He alone paid your sin debt, and by His death and resurrection He has freed you from eternal damnation and the wrath on your sins. Tomorrow might be TOO late!

How many sins does it take to be cast out by God? JUST ONE.  Stop rationalizing and start believing! 

[ By Faith We Understand ] Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen