|Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things, but also approve of those who practice them...Because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. God “will give to each person according to what he has done… –Romans 1:32-2
Why is it so difficult for people to let go of sin? I was talking to someone a few days ago about why many so-called “Christians” still live in sin, especially that of premarital sex. She told me this, “sex, drinking, etc are addictions, and once you start, it is almost impossible to give it up.” I was shocked when I heard this. Of course sin is hard to give up, but I don’t think you have the right to call yourself a Christian if you can’t find the strength to give up sin.
Before you can call yourself a Christian, I think it is important that you sacrificially give up your life of sin. I believe that Jesus’ death on the cross symbolized this. Before he was taken up into Heaven, he had to give up his flesh. The same way, before we can be “taken up,” hereby receiving his spirit, we also have to give up our flesh and every sin it enjoys to indulge in. How then can you claim to be a Christian if you are still ruled by your flesh?
You know God’s righteous decree and if you continue to go against them “just because it is too hard to give up,” you demean his death on the cross for you. He never complained when he was whipped over and over and over again. He never once said it was impossible to do, not even after he was insulted, spat on, stoned, etc. So then, who are you to say that you can’t give up drinking, fornication, homosexuality, adultery, stealing, etc? I urge you to think about what you are doing and the message you are sending to the person that died for those sins. Don’t call yourself a Christian and continue to LIVE in sin; it is blatant disrespect to the Jesus and the blood that he shed for you! It is offensive to other Christians who through the strength of God and their love for him have given up their lives of sin! Christians, if you happen to fall into sin, get up and leave your life of sin immediately. Prove to Jesus that his blood wasn’t shed in vain.
To the Christian who has given up his/her life of sin, if you see you brothers falling into sin, please please please correct them. “My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.” –James 1:5 You are your brother’s keeper and you have an OBLIGATION to correct, rebuke, and encourage in love. If you see sin in a fellow brother or sister, and you don’t correct them, their blood is on your hands and you will have to answer for it on judgment day. Pastors, you have the blood of you entire congregation in your hands, make sure you preach, rebuke, correct in love like Jesus intended for you to do so that you may save yourself and your hearers.
Do you think it was difficult for Christ to die for you? So, is it really that difficult to be a Christian?
Cast your cares upon him because he cares for you.
Stay blessed and spread the word.