Holding On To Sin

8 06 2011

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” (Romans 8:14-17)

One thing that we in the modern church lack compared to the early church is the extent to which we hold on to the guilt of our sin. Paul knew that he was forgiven and knew that he was a child of God, for which he made no apologies. He admits to being a blasphemer, and murderer yet had no problem saying that “those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”(Galatians 5:21) He had no issue with standing for righteousness. I doubt if those in the early church would say to the preacher, “psst, be careful what you say, Paul is in the service.” There was no need for this because Paul did not carry with him the guilt of his past. When he wrote his letters, he felt no need to address them to the “sinners saved by grace.” He addressed them to the “saints”(Colossians 1:2, Philippians 1:1, Ephesians 1:1, 1 Corinthians 1:2 etc)

In the church today we have forsaken Biblical repentance and we no longer trust in the Lord to heal our past sins. We see this with churches using worldly means like support groups, and many Pastors are taking psychiatric courses at public colleges. We trust in these pagan systems of dealing with past sin and past hurt and we never teach people to trust in the Lord for forgiveness and healing. One area is abortion, pastors are afraid to talk about the subject because they are afraid of offending someone who may have had one. This could have been the case in the early church but it wasn’t because they had embraced their forgiveness. We hold on to our past in the church today, and people who claim to be saved leave preachers afraid to preach against those sins for fear of offending them. Nobody was afraid of calling murder a sin “just in case Paul relived his hurtful past.” No sir, Paul himself said murderers will not inherit the kingdom of God. He even pointed out that his listeners had been sinners but reminded them of their position, “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11)

The main reason I think this is a problem in the church today is that many professing Christians are not really saved in the first place. I mentioned before we have forsaken Biblical repentance and now tell people to simply “ask Jesus in your heart.” Many have never repented of their sins and therefore hold on to them. It’s time we confess and forsake our sins and walk in the newness of life. Those who put their trust in the Lord will never be offended the Proverbs tell us. It’s time we stop avoiding these issues for fear of offending people, in fact we need to offend them to bring their sin that has been tucked away to the surface and tell them the truth that “God commandeth all men everywhere to repent.” (Acts 17:30)

Written By: Rick Garland

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