Written By My Husband, Ken, and Me
Does Christ’s crucifixion on the cross give us the freedom to sin? Since we have been completely forgiven, can we now live however we want? The Bachelorette sure seems to think so! (Please don’t watch this show as it is a bunch of immodest, intoxicated people making out with each other. It’s not what Christians should be entertained by nor supporting.)
From the Daily Wire, “Though ‘The Bachelorette’ star Hannah Brown has been open about her Christian faith this past season, she also openly boasted about premarital sex as if it were no big deal.” She has a “personal relationship with Jesus” without doctrinal accountability. “I can do whatever — I sin daily and Jesus still loves me. It’s all washed and if the Lord doesn’t judge me and it’s all forgiven, then no other man, woman … can judge me.”
Is this how Christianity works? Did Jesus die on the cross so we can be free to sin or freed from sin? What does God say about us? Does he call us sinners or saints, “holy ones” and “the righteousness of God”? We challenge anyone to find in God’s Word that He is pleased with sin, with pre-marital sex, or the idea that it’s okay to sin because we are already washed by the blood of the Lamb.
God is never okay with sin, and although His love may not change towards us based on what we do or do not do, God does judge us and has promised that His wayward children will receive His discipline in their lives for continual, unabated sin. Why? Because He loves us and wants the very best for us. God has saved us from sin to walk in newness of life.
Unfortunately, the heresy of antinomianism is rampant in the church today which believes that the moral law is of no use or obligation. Many are confused as they are taught that in our new lives in Christ, we are forgiven for all our sins: past, present and future. This is indeed a great and mighty doctrinal mystery that God has given us. He frees us from sin so that sin can never again define who we are but this does not give us the freedom to sin. We are the chosen ones in Christ; adopted children who have been born again to a new life and our identity and being is permanently placed into Christ at the cross the moment we believe.
“What shall we say then, shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid! How shall we who are dead to sin continue in any longer therein? Know ye not that so many of us that were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore, we are buried with him by baptism into death, that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we should walk in newness of life… For he that is dead is freed from sin” (Romans 6:1-4, 7).
Do you understand this? The response of the child of God who is freed from sin is to walk in newness of life! This does not mean that sin never touches us again, nor that we will never have any struggles with sin or addictions, but it means, as all the apostles also teach, that sin no longer is to characterize our lives.
Or as John says, “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9)
Many today want to see God as a lovey, dovey Father who accepts us no matter how we live our lives as long as we say we have a “personal relationship” with Him. The same God of the Old Covenant that said to kill the adulterer is now so loving that he suffers silently hoping his wayward children will stop having sex with multiple partners before marriage. Nothing could be further from the truth!
No, this is not the Christianity of the Bible! We are told that if we love Him, we will keep His commands. We encourage you to memorize Romans 6. If you say you’re a sinner who sins all the time, you will be a sinner who sins all of the time. After all, you are what you believe, and will become what you believe. If you believe in Christ and you know you are a saint, “dead to sin” and “freed from sin” (Romans 6:7) and you know that His Spirit works mightily within you, you will NOT continue in sin.
Peter says it so well when he writes, “Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, … That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries… but live according to God in the spirit” (1 Peter 4:1-6).
Please do not justify your sin but instead be repentant when you are living in sin. Don’t act like it is no big deal to sin but hate your sin knowing that it is a sin you put Christ on the cross for. Do all you can to get sin out of your life. Mourn over it and repent, knowing that God is not pleased with His children’s sinful actions.
Sin is destructive and deadly. If it no longer condemns you to hell because you are in Christ, it will most certainly give you hell on earth if you continue to willfully and blatantly sin, and worse yet expose your sin for all the world to see. Hide your light under a bushel if your light is not the light of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We are big believers in the grace of God, and those who participate in the debauchery of this show and those who walk in fleshly sexual sins can indeed find complete forgiveness in Christ Jesus. But once you have found it, don’t return to wallow in the mud and mire of sin, but stop being a part of this hedonism.
God’s grace is what gives us the power to walk in the Spirit and say “no” to sin. Will you test Him at His Word and walk in newness of life, or will you keep participating in the passions of the flesh and reaping the consequences of these sins in the flesh? God’s forgiveness does not resolve the fact that your mind and body are being polluted and diseased, and worst of all, your testimony of the power of God in your life is being extinguished.
God is calling us as Christians to walk as Christ walked, to live in the light, and to put aside fleshly passions. Let us find the heart of God who hates sin; yes, hates it. Let us learn to hate our sin and not cheaply justify it by a forgiveness earned by the suffering blood of Christ. A forgiveness reserved for those who truly love God and have His desire to walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh. “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you” (Romans 8:9).
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
1 Peter 4:17