God’s Grace Misunderstood: License to Sin

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“For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.”
–Romans 7:15-20

Because so many are NOT believers, there are many misunderstandings concerning the believer’s relationship with sin and his standing with God Almighty ONCE he has God’s Holy Spirit residing inside himself.

The Book of Romans, in general and particularly Romans Chapter 7 provides a very comprehensive look at the new relationship with God Almighty which the believer has, once he places his complete faith in Jesus Christ and becomes a child of God.

To the unbeliever, sin is death.

To the believer, UNCONFESSED sin or WILLFUL sin is death.

What is the difference?

Before one becomes a believer, one usually RUNS to embrace sin.  Many times, one cannot even distinguish sin from what is not sin–particularly if one is guided by the corrupt teachings of the world.

Once one becomes a believer, one acquires a better understanding of sin.

Sin is not FUN. Sin is not entertainment.  Sin is not a past time.

The believer understands: sin is separation from God.

Therefore, sin is death.

SO, the believer struggles against sin (every day). Actually, the Spirit struggles against sin (the flesh). It is a never-ending war.  This struggle is on-going because the flesh (a sin-suit the believer is encased in) in particular, is a source of sinful appetites and behaviors.

Once again, once one becomes a believer, one becomes engaged in a never-ending war with sin.

“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”
–Galatians 5:17

Occasionally, the believer wins.  Sometimes, he triumphs over particular sins.  Sometimes, he loses his battle and sin carries him away captive. When he loses, he has to confess his sin to God Almighty–who will forgive him.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
–1John 1:9

This has been the case both in the Old Covenant and the New: faith is counted to the believer as righteousness–as it was to Abraham.

“And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.”
–Genesis 15:6

Some sins are easily overcome by walking in the Spirit. Some sins are harder and it is a LONG battle to conquer them. At times, it appears one has won a particular fight. Then, weeks, month or years later, that individual battle resumes.

Each person has different battles to fight.

Once again, because so many are NOT believers, there are many misunderstandings concerning the believer’s relationship with sin and his standing with God Almighty ONCE he has God’s Holy Spirit residing inside himself. One of the biggest misunderstandings is to mistake God’s grace for a “license to sin.”

One hears this phrase in the churches and among the random non-believer.

This phrase demonstrates the wide gulf between the believer and the non-believer.

The non-believer thinks sin is desirable and that having a “license to sin” is comparable to having a “Get Out of Jail Free” card.

The believer KNOWS sin is undesirable (even as he still loses those battles against sin).  Having a “license to sin” is comparable to having a signed death certificate. The believer has no desire to alienate the God who showed him so much mercy and grace.

The difference between believers and non-believers in this regard is that non-believers enjoy their sin (and sin IS pleasurable for a season); believers FIGHT against their sin and find nothing enjoyable about it.

God’s grace IS NOT an invitation to sin.

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid.”
–Romans 6:1-2

God’s grace IS a gift beyond compare, making it possible for the believer to navigate his way through this corrupt and fallen world.

Knowing the difference between God’s grace and a “license to sin” is one way to tell the wheat from the chaff.

[Several ideas in this piece originated from conversations held over the past two weeks.]

DOES the reader think that Christians have a “License to Sin“?

DOES the reader desire to obtain one of these “licenses“?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

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